released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Director Michael Dougherty Cast Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, David Koechner
After tackling Halloween with portmanteau pic Trick ’ R Treat, director Michael Dougherty sets his sights on the festive season. Drawing on folklore, he tells the story of a dysfunctional family who receive a visit from Father Christmas’s dark shadow – a creature that punishes the wicked and disbelieving.
Krampus shows up when young Max ( Emjay Anthony), dismayed by his relatives’ behaviour, decides he no longer believes in Santa. Cue a mysterious blizzard and Christmas- themed beasties who, with their master, take people out one by one.
Dougherty’s clearly having a lot of fun, and pulls off some effective frights with a blend of practical effects and CG trickery. A smart move was casting people who make their funny characters entertaining before the snow picks up and the screaming starts.
The blend of comedy and horror doesn’t always work, leaving Krampus feeling a little disjointed – but you’ve got to respect a director who commits to the darkness inherent in the tale.
Extras An entertaining commentary from Dougherty and his co- writers; featurettes on the effects, stunts, creatures, production design, cast and Dougherty’s “vision”; deleted/ extended scenes; alternate ending; gag reel. James White
Austrian traditions include Krampus Runs, where boys aged 14- 18 walk the streets dressed as the creature.
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