Krampus movie trailer – Interesting reviews of the movie. Krampus stars a very talented cast, featuring Toni Colette and Adam Scott in the lead roles, David Koechner, Alison Tolman and Cochenta Farrell in supporting roles, and Emjay Anthony as the heart of the story, Max. Max is a young boy who has lost his Christmas spirit when he family becomes more and more distant from each other and have pretty much given up on Christmas. Things are made worse by his bullying cousins and the arrival of his aunt and uncle. Eventually, Max snaps, and tears up his letter to Santa Claus then tosses it out the window. This summons the ancient beast himself, Krampus, a demonic goat-like creature who wrecks havoc on those who have lost the Christmas spirit.
This launches all sorts of mayhem, including a pretty damn suspenseful chase through the snow with some of Dougherty’s best cinematography to date. The cast does a pretty good job; Emjay Anthony is a good child actor so he’s convincing as a kid who misses his younger years when Christmas was simpler. The adult cast is quite top-notch, with Koechner ringing off some very funny dialogue, particularly one after he faces off with some crazy Christmas cookies. Tolman and Colette have some nice, tender moments as sisters but aren’t doing anything incredible; they have proved themselves to be capable performers in the past so here is no different.
Cochenta Farrell, who plays the bitter, drunkard Great Aunt Dorothy provides as the main comic relief in particularity darker scenes of the film, and she does so with such finesse that its hard not to enjoy her sour attitude. The main stars, however, are the minions of Krampus. Aside from a group of CGI Gingerbread men and one beastly teddy bear, all the effects in this film are animatronics and puppets provided by Weta Workshop, including Krampus himself. The minions of Krampus are incredibly creatively designed; an intimidating crew of atmospheric yet useless snowmen, a stabby robot toy, a creepy Christmas angel, and, possibly best of all, a snake-like jack-in-the-box that swallows children whole.
Krampus movie trailer: These minions set the perfect tone; creepy, eerie, and even freakish if you find a sharp-toothed clown and slimy tongued angel scary but also are very fun. They have personality; they have a mischievous way about them, and the giggle and clap with glee when they achieve their goals of chaos.The movie overall has this tone; fun and giddy but still grim, dark and somewhat gruesome at certain times. The film doesn’t shy away from showing one small obese child being dragged up a chimney with chains and hooks.Luckily, it tackles this darkness with a warm-hearted Christmas message of hope and some good comedy. Krampus himself is kept in the shadows mostly, and we only see him for a few (but memorable) scenes for the first two acts. However, after an incredibly suspenseful build up reveal of a fireplace entrance, the final act focuses it’s entirety on Krampus.
The film has two flaws, however. Though they aren’t film ruining, they are just a bit noticeable. First, the snowmen; I loved these things. The snowmen provided a great sense of sinister atmosphere and looked legitimately menacing. But I wish they had more to do with the chaos that ensues in the film; they mostly are just there to look creepy but they never come to life, which is a bit of wasted potential. It would’ve been interesting to see them move around, adding some more creepiness to the movie. The second flaw is the CGI on the gingerbread men; though this movie uses practical effects almost entirely, the gingerbread me were computerized. They aren’t bad looking, by any means, but they don’t look like they really are there in the environment. That’s a bit of a nitpick but, overall, I can see myself watching this every Christmas for a good message of family togetherness, as well as some madcap mayhem involving a hooved demon goat.
Krampus movie trailer: Krampus follow Max, who after his dysfunctional family squabbling causes him to lose his festive spirit, accidentally unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon, Krampus. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, Max and his family must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate. After all the B-movie treatment that this German folklore has gotten, he has finally got the treatment he deserves with Trick ‘r’ Treat writer and director, Michael Dougherty, a man who knows how to treat horror with good care. Even though I found this film a bit disappointing, it’s still a fine treat that’s still worth a viewing.