Krampus

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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.

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51%

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Critic Reviews for Krampus

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (43)

  • Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.

    November 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Otherwise, this holiday-season fright flick never leaps far enough outside of its own box; the movie flirts with going full-on monster mash, with really cutting loose, but the mayhem is too little, too late.

    November 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The legend of the Krampus, often referred to as the shadow of St. Nicholas, is a fertile one indeed, but this "Krampus" - a missed opportunity for anti-saccharine counter programming - isn't likely to create many new believers.

    November 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the narrow scope of his story - which is primarily set inside the characters' abode - makes the film feel akin to a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller minus the surprises.

    November 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • It's a pleasantly perverse idea with potential for grisly humor, cultural satire and the kind of murderous fantasies that run through all our heads when relatives overstay their welcome.

    November 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic.

    November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Krampus

  • Dec 25, 2017
    The film is trying to be a new Gremlins, using the festive season for some horror and the set up works rather nicely with the arrival of the unloved extended family. The tone is then somewhat undecided, too silly for grown-ups and too creepy for kids, especially when it comes to Krampus' multilpe helper creatures. That's borderline annoying a few times and would have worked much better with the emphasis on the main antagonist. But even he gets silly once we see underneath his hood often enough. At least the final twist is surprisingly evil.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2017
    Didn’t love or hate this. It was an okay Christmas horror. Dragged out a little long, though it wasn’t.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2017
    A traditional horror film that uses CGI sparingly and doesn't take itself too seriously. A delight!
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2016
    A fun, silly bit of holiday horror. This film could have gone much further in several directions: campier, scarrier, darker. There are not many thrills under the tree, but it has some delightful henchmen lurking among the boughs and holly. The film's score is notably clever but not enough that you'll be likely add the soundtrack CD to your Christmas list.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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