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Krampus

7/10
Horror . Fantasy . Comedy
 

A horror comedy based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.

 
Actors: Adam Scott , Toni Collette , Allison Tolman , David Koechner , Emjay Anthony , Stefania LaVie Owen , Queenie Samuel , Conchata Ferrell , Luke Hawker , Ivy George
Directors: Michael Dougherty
Country: USA
Release: 2015-12-04
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  • Kim Newman

    A well-above-average ho-ho-ho-horror film with a shivery sense of winter weirdland and anarchic ultra-violence, it’s also a strong candidate to become a holiday favourite thanks to a perfectly judged punchline.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    Despite the occasional rough patches, there are still some things about Krampus that I did like quite a bit. Although the humor is not always successful, I liked the fact that Dougherty played the material in a relatively straight manner and resisted the urge to go for a more campy approach throughout.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    Full credit to director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) because this is great-looking movie, filled with freaky creature designs and a just-right mixture of practical effects and CGI.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Dougherty's effects team is top-notch, and the movie takes unexpected chances with the style and the storytelling — including a beautiful stop-motion interlude.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    Krampus, when he eventually shows his cards, is a dark delight, but this film has more to offer than a single monster – Dougherty has a few puppet side-shows, including elves, a clown which comes right out of Poltergeist’s closet and some stuffed animals which are the satanic mirrior images of our Toy Story friends. Ho, ho, ho, indeed.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Dougherty appears determined to work his way through the underbelly of our most cherished seasonal festivities. Plus, it’s an extremely welcome change of pace from the “found footage” barrage of the past 10 years.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Benjamin Lee

    It's nowhere near as good as many of the films it so wants to be positioned next to, but it's nasty enough to leave an impression.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Krampus isn’t especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Neither particularly frightening nor especially funny, the Yuletide horror-comedy Krampus scrapes by on the novelty of its setup.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    There are a number of moments where Doughtery introduces something truly interesting and then never returns to it. Yes, the movie is perhaps overstuffed with interesting ideas, but that can be just as frustrating as a film with no good ideas at all.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    The film's lack of terror might be more forgivable had it embraced its more humorous inclinations, but the script’s pedestrian liberals-vs.-conservatives, boors-vs.-yuppies conflicts rarely result in anything laugh-out-loud funny.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s better in conception than in execution, with all the energy hurled at the effects and murderous Krampus attacks. The actors fail to feel the fear.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Krampus, sad to say, is a disappointment. It's alternately funny and intense (don't take the wee ones), but never enough of either to form a cohesive whole.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    While the violent sequences are very effectively staged, the results are a strange hybrid that doesn't quite work. Lacking the antic, witty humor of something like the similarly conceived Gremlins or the full-out gore of a traditional horror flick, Krampus never really finds it niche.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Too many obnoxious relatives, evil critters and weak gags at the expense of fat kids and foul-mouthed old ladies.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Occasionally funny, intermittently scary, but mostly hectic and sloppy, Krampus tries very hard to be a different kind of Christmas movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Though not exactly a punishment, director Michael Dougherty’s tongue-in-cheek monster movie is hardly a celebration, either, despite initial promise that we’d be getting a niftier-than-usual package of subversive comedy and chills to shake up the usual holiday-movie sameness.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    At the center of the film is a conservative lesson that asks us to unquestioningly abide by society's capitalistic impulses.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.

    Time Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Seeing as Krampus is about the Alpine demon who punishes Christmas a-holes, this is a promising start — but alas, it’s all downhill from there, making a murky and humorless hash out of a pretty great piece of

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    No one has been too naughty to be subjected to this reindeer poop.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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