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.


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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.

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Conchata Ferrell
as Aunt Dorothy
Ivy George
as Perchta the Cherub
Luke Hawker
as Krampus
Maverick Flack
as Howie Jr.
Sophie Gannon
as Bjugnakraekir
Sage Hunefeld
as Baby Chrissy
Gareth Ruck
as Stekkjarstaur
ark Atkin
as Ketkrokur
Lolo Owen
as Stevie
Trevor Bau
as Hurðaskellir
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 (111) | Top Critics (11)

The fact we care at all about the outcome is a testament to the actors, and only the actors. But buried beneath the Christmas clutter is a much better movie.

Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It has enough personality and ambition that it could easily become an annual tradition for those who prefer "Silent Night, Deadly Night" to "It's a Wonderful Life."

Dec 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Although there are some amusing moments here and there and a couple of nicely effective scary bits, it is never quite as darkly funny nor as frightening as it would like to be ...

Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie sends mixed messages. It's hard, but gooey, too. Trick 'r Treat showed that Dougherty has a mean streak (with wit), but with Krampus, he's clearly been charged with delivering a wide-appeal PG-13 film.

Dec 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Too many obnoxious relatives, evil critters and weak gags at the expense of fat kids and foul-mouthed old ladies.

Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lurches between treacle and terror as it stumbles toward a too-easy ending.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Krampus

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Didn’t love or hate this. It was an okay Christmas horror. Dragged out a little long, though it wasn’t.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Michael Dougherty is no Joe Dante, and his attempt to mix horror and comedy is only unscary and unfunny - a perfunctory, predictable and uninspired Christmas movie plagued with characters so hateful that I wanted Krampus to kill them all so that it would be finally over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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