A bad Christmas only gets worse when Max rips up his letter to Santa and causes Krampus and his nasty friends to visit.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writers: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony
I gotta say, I didn’t really get it. I mean, it was beautiful, the sets and atmosphere were wonderful, and it was largely as creepy as intended, but it was chock full of some really funny actors and it’s billed as a horror comedy. It was definitely light on the comedic. Maybe I’m old or something and I missed a lot of humour, but this was largely devoid of even a snicker. Not that it needed to be, I mean it could have been a great horror (though again I’d probably wonder why this particular cast), but mostly I thought it was missed opportunity.
What I Liked
As I said, the film looks wonderful. I’ve included screenshots below that really show off the care and effort put into the design (without giving too much away). And the actors are all good. I don’t want to say they’re bad in the roles or anything, but with such great comedic chops, I don’t see any of that on display. But they are very effective at what they’re conveying. Also, right in the middle there’s a flashback of grandma telling a story which was just gorgeous in its style and creepiness. I think I’d have preferred 90 minutes of that.
Overall, I thought it was just okay, about a six out of ten, but there was a lot of effort in the look and the design and the effects. I’ll definitely watch it again, and who knows, maybe if I’m not busy looking for something that’s not there, I’ll like it more. Quite possible, but for now, I have to say, I found it more of a disappointment than a joy.