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Krampus (2015)



Critic Consensus: Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante's B- movie classics, even if it doesn't have quite the savage bite its concept calls for.

Movie Info

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Todd Casey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2016
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Conchata Ferrell
as Aunt Dorothy
Ivy George
as Perchta the Cherub
Luke Hawker
as Krampus
Maverick Flack
as Howie Jr.
Sophie Gannon
as Bjugnakraekir
Gareth Ruck
as Stekkjarstaur
Sage Hunefeld
as Baby Chrissy
ark Atkin
as Ketkrokur
Lolo Owen
as Stevie
Trevor Bau
as Hur­askellir
Brett Beattie
as Der Klown
Amy Brighton
as Pvorusleikir
Felicity Hamill
as Gattapefur
Ravi Narayan
as Kertasnikir
Collin Dean
as Ruprecht the Elf
Kelly Lily Marie
as Gilijagaur
Clare Odell
as Gluggagaegir
Pascal Ackerman
as The Yule Goat
Skye Broberg
as The Yule Goat
Jessie Carson
as The Yule Goat
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Critic Reviews for Krampus

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (10)

A woefully misguided horror effort...

Full Review… | May 16, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

Conjuring up the tongue-in-cheek malevolence of Gremlins, family horror-comedy Krampus unleashes a cloven-hoofed monster and his evil minions upon a squabbling American family.

Full Review… | May 15, 2016
Movie Talk

I loved how director Dougherty played with conventions and inherent lunacy of Christmas.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
Cinema Crazed

[Its] monsters are a wondrous mix of practical and computer-generated effects, ever-captivating as they plague a suburban family trying to celebrate the Holidays.

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

Michael Dougherty's Krampus... is still a perfectly suited and crafted holiday-horror entry that manages to serve up just enough comedic darkness and gritty tension to keep audiences satisfied.

Full Review… | March 31, 2016

It's fun. Usually. With a super cast. But it's no Silent Night, Deadly Night 2.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for Krampus

A couple of steps away from the typical Christmas film, shades of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Tim Burton burbling in the background, and perhaps worthy of a once-a-year revisit, a Christmas tale that goes "boo!"

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Not quite funny enough and not quite scary enough, Krampus is a holiday antidote that wants to be a modern-day Gremlins but needed to be nastier, darker, or some variant with the suffix of -er. Writer/director Michael Dougherty has been down this holiday road before with Trick 'r Treat, a superb horror anthology gem that was buoyed by a twisted sense of humor and a clever criss-crossing set of storylines that pollinated plenty of payoffs. Krampus begins with a brilliant opening credit sequence that sets a high bar or promise the movie will ultimately be unable to deliver, watching slow-mo stampeding shoppers fighting over Black Friday discounts set to a classic Bing Crosby yuletide tune. From there it's more a Griswald dysfunctional family gathering until one of the young boys rips up his letter to Santa in disillusionment, calling forth Krampus and his minions. From there the family is terrorized and come closer together in struggle, trying to understand their predicament. There are a few great character designs for the minions, especially a jack-in-the-box whose face unhinges into a sarlac pit of teeth. The PG-13 rating keeps the film from getting too gory or too wicked, which also belies the fact that at heart it's really an old-fashioned Christmas morality play about loving one another. I was ready to groan with what appeared to be the ending but Dougherty at least subverts the expected and makes sure that there are lasting consequences for bad behavior. This isn't going to be remembered as a holiday classic but if you're looking for a fun horror comedy, Krampus at least has something to offer before you feel left wanting.

Nate's Grade: B-

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

With "Gremlins" in mind, a touch of "Christmas Vacation," and even the cliched heart borrowed from "The Polar Express," director Michael Dougherty (of Trick r' Treat fame) creates this inspired 80's throwback horror film about the legend of Krampus. The legend says that if you are nice, Santa will still come, but if you are naughty, Krampus will come and take everything you love, including the lives of the people around you. From the practical effects to the eerie score and set design, this film looks and sounds beautiful. Sadly (for me at least), that is where the greatness ends. Borrowing so much from other classic films, it was hard to get into every aspect this film had to offer. The characters were enjoyable enough and the cast did their best, but the plot just does not offer enough to be great. This film will receive cult status in a few year for sure, due to it's indie vibes. Overall, "Krampus" is a very enjoyable Christmas Horror flick that has too many borrowed elements to become a classic on it's own. In the end, I would recommend it, but only to those who know what they are in for.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Krampus Quotes

Howard: Twisted fairytale horseshit!!
– Submitted by Rance F (3 days ago)

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