Review: Krampus (2015)

Krampus was a delight to watch.  It captures the Christmas holiday spirit perfectly and then throws a curve ball at the audience.  An old legend is told, one I had never heard of, the legend of Krampus.  It seems Krampus is the anit-Santa Claus.

Krampus is a fun movie and centers around a family getting together for the holiday.  There is a lot of hostility within the entire family and Max the boy who lives in the house makes a wish.  This is a “careful what you wish for” type of movie.  The entire family loses their Christmas Spirit, especially Max, who rips up his letter to Santa and throws it to the wind after being teased by his cousins.

The setting is fantastic, it seems to be a small town in the middle of huge snow storm, black out type of snow storm.  It looks dark in the middle of the day.  Krampus has little minions, not all little that help him out, like little Gingerbread men.  Krampus is horror to its core, but there is a lot of good humor to keep everything light.  Krampus is fun for the family, I know this after watching with my wife and kids.  The scares and creatures are not haunting and neither is the Krampus itself, but scary enough to shock the children.

If I could just add a comment from my son, “This movie rocked, I hope the Krampus never comes for me!”

The ending of the movie is really perfect as it kind of messes with your emotions.  The ending wraps up the entire movie in a little bow, or you know maybe a snow globe.  Hopefully that joke will land.

I think Krampus is going to eventually go down as one of the great horror Christmas movies.  The beginning shows off what Black Friday looks like and then traps itself into a family Christmas movie with a wicked twist.  I think everyone should see Krampus and hell, just buy the movie and show it to their kids to show them what happens when they are turds the Krampus is coming.  The anti-Santa, that is something missing from my childhood.  If you’re not a good girl or boy this year, Krampus comes for you, also, be careful what you wish for.

I think Michael Dougherty knows how to make a holiday horror movie.  Trick’r Treat is fantastic and we are going see a sequel.  I would love to see a really cool and interesting Thanksgiving horror movie. has a rating of 6.2

I rate Krampus 7.7


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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)