There were also cards that were a little more…adult. It’s not great, but the acting is solid and characters well developed. It was delightfully bizarre, compelling, and completely out of place in the script. Erin Lilley, Originally titled 12 Deaths of Christmas, the renaming is a blatant attempt to cash in on the “popularity” of Krampus. There’s also nothing to really set this apart as a “Krampus” and not just a wendigo. Comedy, Director: If you’re having a good movie marathon, it’ll be too bad to like. Quality of Film: I actually have an existing review of Krampus on Dread Central. Paul Ferm, All that is left is my limp, near lifeless body as I type the last few thoughts as I slip into unconsciousness. 82 min The popping in ADR dialogue. Watching it, I was surprised to find that the Krampus was the least of the film’s problems. | Or as the movie itself says, Santa just looks like that. 3.5/5. The terrible video quality. | Read a news article: KRAMPUS! 4.5/5, Quality of Krampus: Here’s an idea. At one point there’s a naked lady tied up in Krampus’s dungeon, and I just felt so bad for her. Stars: It’s got some good creepy stuff in it, even though it never downright scared me. From there, it isn’t hard to see how Krampus, already associated with the winter festivities, might then have been incorporated into Christian Christmas traditions and the legend of Saint Nicholas. Mood/Mental State: Excited! Mood/Mental State: Why am I not drinking faster? WTF Hopefully there are a few other surprises in the mix. _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-inverted-img'); if ( localStorage.getItem(skinItemId ) ) { There is nothing that says to me, “Krampus,” rather than just, “generic demon.” He scores some points for punishing the wicked, but he does it by turning them into novelty burning skeletons. _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-mobile-inverted-source'); Is this some kind of talk show? 7 Stephen King Movies Were Just Added to Shudder, The Boulet Brothers’ Creatures of the Night, Top 5 Christmas Horror Movies to Give You Some Yuletide Chills, The Anti-Claus is Coming to Town! Shawn C. Phillips, But why? Melantha Blackthorne, $42.59M, Not Rated KRAMPUS NIGHT! The release date says 2015, but this looks like a Flash video from 2004. What do magic mushrooms, Arctic Shamans, and the pagan god Odin have to do with Santa Claus? There comes Krampus , there comes Krampus, PG-13 62,107 Okay… what the hell is going on. He thrashes the chains for dramatic effect. | Movies and TV episodes that has a Wendigo, See all lists by blackjacknerd-739-553710. Looks like I’ll make it. But this still sits firmly on the side of good. So I sat down, fired up my coffee maker, cracked open the tequila, and did my job. The characters draw you in, and the threat doesn’t feel stupid. 10 Krampus: The Devil Returns (2016) - 1.6. Make sure to write your suggestions in the comments below. It wasn’t exactly crack detective work, as it’s the same director and production company for both movies. Is this what it takes to kill me? | I assembled my list of twelve, set the dates, and promptly forgot about it until three nights ago. Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil. Weird sex laser aside, the Krampus itself is definitely a Krampus. The krampus is just a goat dude, and they don’t even have the money to make its tracks look right. He’s similar to the xenomorph of Alien fame, possessing an expanding arsenal of unexpected yet believable powers. 2.5/5, Quality as Krampus Movie: I want to disqualify it, but seeing as how Krampus is right in the title I can’t. Once again, toss-up. What it isn’t, is a Krampus film. The movie is available to … 0/5, Quality of Krampus: It’s a guy in a werewolf mask from Party City. Krampus is currently streaming on Hulu but you'll need to have a premium subscription that includes Live TV in order to watch. | There are already complaints that Krampus is becoming too commercialized and losing his edge because of his newfound popularity. Mood/Mental State: Disgusted/Confused Wow, so this is how my night is going to go, huh? I’d like to thank Amazon Prime, Netflix, Redbox, Dread Central, and Sauza tequila for making this all possible. Stars: I really want to see The Night Shift now. | Thomas Smith Deadline approaching, I was faced with the decision to either miss my deadline and let down my adorably upbeat and cheerful editor, or watch over twelve hours of straight-to-DVD Krampus in a night. Quality of Film: This film is a mess, but surprisingly it isn’t the biggest mess. Mood/Mental State: Cynically Content Good, back to what I was expecting. A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home. Quality of Film I’m tempted to just disqualify it, but I do consider short films to be films, no matter the medium. This might take the cake. | Quality as Krampus Film: Krampus Prime. There’s a giant disparity between the good and bad films on this list, and filling the trough between is a lot of grey area. Here are 10 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about Krampus. So please, if you’re thinking about heading out into the woods with your buddies and cranking out a straight to DVD/VOD horror knockoff this weekend, please listen. Santa gives the orders, Krampus does the dirty work. 11 comments. There was a decent bit at the start where it was basically cowboys vs Krampus (a movie I would have much rather watched), but overall it’s just too bland to be memorable. It’s unfortunate, because that would have been a really cool Krampus. A Brief History of Krampus. These old German tales are kind of all over the place. Ernst Stankovski, Stars: Originally, the plan was to watch them one a night in a silly, Dread Central version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. | I looked it up, and NIght of the Krampus turns out to be the sequel to a feature length indie micro-budget horror/comedy The Night Shift. But good nonetheless. %privacy_policy%. Stars: The jokes are all hammy, but I was chortling through the whole thing. 1.5/5, Quality of Krampus: I can’t believe I’m doing this, but the Krampus in Krampus: The Christmas Devil is probably the best of the knockoffs. I’m probably the only person in the universe that recognized this, but during the scene where the family is all seated around the TV to watch a Christmas special, they’re actually all watching the opening of Krampus: The Reckoning. Once my eyes readjusted, I honestly forgot the budget in service of the characters and adorable banter. “Hey guys, have you heard of this whacky and obscure German Christmas Myth called Krampus!?! _g1.setAttribute('src', _g1.getAttribute('data-src') ); Which is unfortunate, because I could not figure out what this movie is. 2.5/5. I always worry that I’m going to rewatch a movie and sink into a pit of despair as I realize there was so many layers of crap I inexplicably missed, but in this case I might have been too hard in my initial review. | Grant Harvey, A little more goofy Krampus melty-murders would have been preferable to the pointless investigative drama. As far as holiday traditions go, it’s pretty par for the course. Quality as Krampus Film: This is how I would normally review a movie for Dread Central, but in the context of all the Krampus movies. At this point, I really needed a break. I’d feel bad about shitting on what are clearly amateur creators making some shit for their own fun, but the movie is an unforgivable 22 minutes long. Movie information, genre, rating, running time, photos, trailer, synopsis and user reviews. share. Really, it’s true. Krampus carries chains, thought to symbolize the binding of the Devil by the Christian Church. _g1.classList.remove('lazyload'); Mood/Mental State: Dead I have now watched over 12 actual hours of Krampus films. Everyone should find something they like in this overall solid flick. It’s light on the scares, but there are some pretty shocking kills. So… 3/5… I guess? .5/5, Quality of Krampus: He’s just the devil. Mercifully only 7 min long. Directed by Michael Dougherty. Quality of Movie: Actually not that bad. Just a jacked Krampus swinging a chain like a beast. I mean I guess it’s cute if you look at it from that perspective, but why is this on Amazon and not attached to a family email showing everyone what Peter made during his intro to animation summer camp? If the first movie … It seems like they actually learned from what people didn’t like about the first film. At least I reached the bottom of the barrel. Short, Adventure, Family, According to legend, on Christmas Eve Santa Claus travels with a creature known as Krampus. This isn’t a movie I’d ever consider showing to friends, unless the friend specifically asked me, “Hey Ted, which Krampus knockoff doesn’t make you want to remove the memories with a shotgun lobotomy?” Unfortunately, when taken in context of the other films that weren’t knockoffs, it doesn’t raise past just watchable. LOL, by I found more booze. Krampus (2015) directed by Michael Dougherty. That forms the foundation for 70% of this movie. As a result I ended up seeing some weird shit. The replacement booze is gone. Maybe that’s because it’s not a, “Krampus movies,” as much as it’s a, “movie with Krampus in it.” He isn’t the star, but he plays a prominent role in two of the segments. So how much did I like this particular movie’s incarnation of Bizzaro Kris Kringle?Mood/Mental State: I took the opportunity to write down how I was feeling after each film. When the title screen started to roll and and the color saturation slider just started going wild to make shit all blurry and “hardcore,” my eyes rolled back in my skull as my limbs went slack. Hugo Lindinger, It’s significantly better than the knockoffs, but doesn’t rise to the level of the actually good movies. With Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman. William Shatner, 4/5, Quality as Krampus Film: Holy shit is this a cut above the rest of the pack. Mood/Mental State: Too Hurt to Love Again I really wish I had watched this movie some other time. Not that things don’t happen, but the conclusion and ultimate twist just has little to do with the rest of the movie. Doin… Or maybe she just herds goats. Krampus seduces her with some force lightning, and she does her best to look like she’s enjoying herself, but the only emotion she can conjure is the blatant discomfort of a booth babe being manhandled into a selfie by a dude dressed up as “fat Deadpool.” Two things I liked about this movie. _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-inverted-source'); It plays it straight, presenting the ridiculous situation of a killer animal Santa Clause and running with it. At that point, you know what you’re doing to people. Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. Like a pint of ice cream and bottle of wine after a breakup, you aren’t really tasting it. | But there’s a certain segment of the population that likes to cut that mirth with some more subversive fun, and it’s people like that who probably love the Christmas-themed horror movie Krampus. I kinda want to drop everything and go watch The Night Shift. A Christmas Horror Story had this idea, so their Krampus is Rob Archer, a man so jacked that he might actually be a mythical beast in disguise. Thanks for watching! It’s only about 30 minutes long, and really charming. I’ve tried to stay sober. Revenge movies are fun, but even though there’s some good “what is Krampus” wiki moments, that big twist means this one slides down the Krampus accuracy rating pretty quickly. 99 min You’ll notice the conspicuous lack of a release date up in the corner there. Phoenix pride! Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password. Monica Engesser, Characters started talking about interdimensional rifts, and I had to pause. I want to tell the amateur videographers of the world something very, very important right now. Plus it managed to get the song stuck in my head. Each story is distinct, and none stand out as being weak. In Alpine Austria and southern Bavaria, this wintertime good-cop/bad-cop routine often exhibits aspects scary enough to put the fear of the devil into adults, not to mention young children. It’s most generously described as serviceable. | Go read that. I know there are several other Krampus films - are any of them worth a watch? | } catch(e) {}, try { Instant Watch Options; Genres; Movies or TV; IMDb Rating; In Theaters; On TV; } Elfriede Irrall, 2/5. Stars: As much as I snidely furrow my brow and take a sip from my cup of holier-than-thou when I hear about another quirky pop-trend being turned into a film, I found the Krampus movie to be great. It wasn’t good enough to want to love, and wasn’t shit enough to make me hate it. 0/5. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. Jason Hull, Director: But that's just a myth. Krampus is also PG-13, while most true horror movies tend to be rated R. There are a few factors that suggest Krampus will be a good deal scarier than Gremlins , though. It sticks solidly with the Krampus theme, and then just takes it to the most extreme conclusion possible. 1/5, Quality as Krampus Film: There’s a certain amount of respect that I have to have for Krampus: The Christmas devil. Disqualified. A solid horror flick suitable for teenagers and still satisfying for adults, the great cast and terrifying puppets make Krampus a superlative mix of giggles and spooks. I get it, they didn’t have the budget to make it fight realistically. _g1.setAttribute('src', _g1.getAttribute('data-src') ); Yes, like all things once nerdy and obscure, Krampus has taken its place along fantasy novels, wizards, zombies, and Batman in the pop culture zeitgeist. Gwendolyn Falcon Jay, } catch(e) {}, OMG ?” Said no one, in the last five years. I liked the cop character despite him starting every sentence with a manly growl. | It’s a low bar, but this film is kinda watchable. } It started out with an intro from some weird dude in makeup explaining something about Krampus and large breasted women from Jupiter. We’ll find out soon, because the sequel is up next. Quality as Krampus Film: Disqualified You might argue with me on this one, but never in the movie do they even mention that the horned monster trapped in ice is Krampus. It could just as likely be the devil. Owning a camera does not give you any obligation to use it to make a feature length film that will oneday torture a hapless horror critic. Short, Horror. _g1.setAttribute('srcset', _g1.getAttribute('data-srcset')); I can’t wrap my head around this one. If only they could have made it not crap…, Quality of Film: If this weren’t Krampus night, I wouldn’t have ever given any thought to watching Krampus Unleashed. Fun Fact: Turns out that Krampus Unleashed is actually a follow-up to the 2015 hit, Krampus: The Reckoning. Krampus is a 2015 American Christmas comedy horror film based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, written and directed by Michael Dougherty, and co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields. Robert Conway Mood/Mental State: Pleasantly Surprised Wow, that was actually kind of great. 0/5. No longer is it the property of Hot Topic teens who also ironically thank Satan before Thanksgiving dinner. It’s downright unwatchable. Cute Cut to two dudes sitting on a couch smoking a novelty blunt. There’s no doubt in my mind Michael Dougherty’s Krampus will not resemble Kevin Smith’s Anti-Klaus in the least, and as long as Dougherty is working on SOMETHING, I’m a happy horror fan. Wow, now this one is going to take a bit of explaining. Tell us what you think about this feature. And yet somehow it’s better than some of the other Krampuses on this list. Just because you own a camcorder does not mean you need to make a movie. Not in a, “Message all my friends and tell them they have to watch it,” way. Luckily, I had already seen A Christmas Horror Story before, so I didn’t have to pay too much attention. I personally learned of Krampus about a decade ago when I was going through a similar phase, but then again I also learned about that weird smiling poop log and they haven’t made a movie about that (yet). Watched this with a few friends, and they loved it. 2/5, Quality as Krampus Film: Even as the blandest of films, this still puts it close to the top of shitty Krampus knockoffs. While there is certainly debate as to whether this holiday is appropriate for children, it continues to be celebrated throughout Bavaria, Austria, Central Europe, and beyond. 1.5/5. Everywhere I look there is an ad! _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-mobile-inverted-img'); You know, when I said my favorite part of Krampus: The Christmas Devil was the asshole Santa, that didn’t mean I wanted him to go full psychopath. save hide report. | Gross: Anyways, Mother Krampus is more of a ghost/slasher film. It’s a more competent movie than Krampus: The Reckoning, but it’s also entirely uninteresting. Jason Hull Action, Horror, Thriller, Jeremy, a local police officer leads a life of a confusing past, spending his current time searching for his kidnapper as a child.