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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Krampus (2015)

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Some minor spoilers. 'Tis the season.

Several movies have tried on the old legend (Wiki). If the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings are to be trusted (6.2/10 and 66%), this is the best of them--a slice above tolerable, although horror usually does get lower ratings. 

As a family unites and divides over the Christmas holidays, Krampus and his little helper wreck havoc on a family that's already torn apart.

The writers, who were nominated for a few speculative awards, have done animation, kaiju, and superheroes. They display brilliance mixed with suspect choices. It seems to be the story of one person although it shifts through many--some of whom don't make logical choices, or at least we are not privy to their logic.

The final frames show the film could be interpreted two ways--asking viewers to reinterpret the movie a bit--but each possibility is undermined by earlier events, so the way of interpretation is up in the air.

In some ways it's very much a Christmas film, in other ways it's warped (although some might maintain any horror movie about Christmas warps the Christmas spirit).

Interesting effort, nonetheless. Watch for the brilliance, and roll with the less admirable choices.

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