On Friday night, I went to go see the new movie Krampus (pronounced Crum. Pus.) with some friends. I’d seen lots of commercials for it, and I wanted to hang out, so we just picked that, since it was out and horror movies around Christmas-time are either:
1. Very good or
2. Easy to make fun of.
This movie generally falls into the second category, and there were more parts of the movie were I laughed than jumped.
Was it because I was with friends? I mean, possibly, but the movie itself wasn’t scary in the least. But since this is a (hopefully) fair movie review, I won’t poke fun at it too much. Except for “Krampus.” I’ll be making fun of him. Enjoy.
WHAT I LIKED:
- The Ending
One redemptive part of the movie was- like many other movies- the way the movie ended. I don’t mean the last half-hour or so. (Because I didn’t like that at all.) More like the final… five minutes or so. I won’t give the ending away, but I will tell you that it was something entirely unexpected, at least for me. The way they ended it was both clever and somewhat unique, until the last few seconds, when they tried one last, desperate jump scare.
I didn’t jump.
- The Story Line (Kind of)
There were parts that were great, and parts that could be improved upon. (Not that I could improve the actual movie. I’m definitely not a director. Of anything.)
Some scenes would have been good, and could have been made into very scary moments. For instance: Krampus is chasing a girl as she runs down the deserted street. Instead of making it dark and playing scary music while she is being chased in the middle of a snow storm, they show him clearly jumping from roof to roof like some kind of demented frog. No music. No darkness. Just watching a goat-man jump while listening to a girl scream with a terribly-high pitch.
There were a few other instances, but that’s the one I clearly remember. The first 3/5 of the movie were great, funny enough to be humorous and creepy enough to be a horror movie. Then it all kind of fell apart.
The other redeeming quality about the film was the little boy in the family on whom the story centers. Max was a character that, by himself, made the movie tons better. I saw growth and change in the well-rounded character. I saw wonderful performing by the young actor.
When all the characters at times seemed insane or selfish or unlikable, he was always someone you wanted to succeed and wanted to live, up until his last moment when he finally confronts both his fears and the literal monster in front of him.
WHAT I DISLIKED:
- Krampus & Co.
I don’t even know where to begin. Krampus, as I said, is like a goat. A big, ugly goat with an enormously long tongue he likes to show off. When the old woman recounts her first experience with Krampus, how he is showed is indeed creepy and that wink (which seems to be a staple in Krampus stories) might haunt me for a little while. But overall, he was a disappointment.
Whew. Next on my scathing list is his “helpers.” Like, they’re straight out of a circus. The gingerbread man on Shrek was creepier than these (except for those laughs. *shudders*). The dolls and elves (they were not elves) all looked the same. Just clowns from jack-in-the-boxes that had gone mental. In one scene it looks like Krampus has mini-Krampuses following him and darting through a field of demon-looking snowmen. So why don’t we see them, the only helpers that look even a bit frightening?
Oh yeah. And three gingerbread men try to use a nail gun. (Yeah, I found a link. That’s called research, babyyyyy. And that’s called my Dick Vitale voice.) It works… not very well. They go a little crazy. Reminds me of my brothers and sisters with Nerf guns. Actually, the nail-gun scene was more weird and hilarious than scary or full of anxiety.
- Final Confrontation
All those crazy buffoons I mentioned up there (^) get a bunch of caffeine or something because it seems to me that they’re on a sugar high. They just start bouncing off the walls and shooting fools with nail guns and eating people or something.
(Speaking of eating, a gingerbread man gets very angry that half of his head got eaten. That was probably my favorite part of the whole movie. No, definitely my favorite.)
Everything was really hectic and hard to follow. They had all the family members pinned down, ready to kill them, and yet they never do. They just stand there like awkward elves/monsters/gingerbread fools. So, yeah. That was a strange scene.
(I could make many more points but I’m constraining myself here. You can send me a Christmas card for thanks. Not with Krampus on it.)
MY RATING: 0/10
I really could have made this lower, but my expectations for the movie weren’t high as it was. There was just a lot more laughing than I expected for a horror movie. Maybe The Forest next month will make up for it, but the last two horror films I was in theaters (this one and The Visit) were major letdowns.
Until next time, Merry Christmas all you folks and Happy New Years!
(If there’s a blizzard on Christmas, like in the movie, just… don’t go anywhere. Just stay home. Celebrate the next day. Christmas-day blizzards are bad apparently.)
Watch out behind you. There may be a rabid goat-man chasing you on rooftops. If there is, please don’t scream. Just shout. I like my ears being able to hear.
Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.