Alright for those of you outside the zone of awesome and don’t know that Krampus is the anti-Clause. Where Santa Clause rewards good children, Krampus punishes the bad children. He looks like a twisted evil satyr. He nabs bad kids and hucks them in a sack or basket (that may be strapped to his back) for transport to Hell, to be food or to be carries away for drowning. He carries a whip or reeds that are used to beat the bad kids. Also he can be depicted with various chains that are used to restrain or just confirm the demonic image. He was the old school version of the much tamer naughty list. Man kids today have it so easy. They just get put on a naughty list. They are not nabbed by a goat/man monster to be beaten and drowned since they were bad.
Krampus the movie focuses on time honored family Christmas that may people love/loathe. When you dislike your family and in-laws but you have to spend the holidays with them what happens? Well here little Max has had it with the lack of X-mas spirit and his horrible cousins. At the same time the two families are at each other over everything from child rearing, the holiday, politics and guns laws. The kicker is that Max loves Christmas and just wants a holiday where everyone is happy and all that holiday cheer business. When that doesn’t happen. Well Max decides he has had enough and tears up a thoughtful and wish filled letter to Santa. The act of anti-Christmas is all it takes to get the attention of the darker side of Christmas.
Max and his family must somehow survive each other and even worse a giant demonic anti-Clause with a sack of misfit toys!
The look of the Krampus is both awesome and meh. The silhouette of the big guy is fantastic! The way they have him sit on the roof tops and stalk the neighborhood is pretty damn awesome. When you get the big reveal it is not great. The horns, hands and cloven hooves are all stellar. The biggest downside is his face. He has a mouth agape bit thing happening. It makes him look a little derpy or constantly yawning. That being said, there are a lot of practical special effects going on here and I am always a fan of that
Almost forgot, the score meshes so well with everything else going on here.
|Makes me want to go watch "A Very Venture Christmas" right now!|