I saw this movie when it came out in theaters and I really liked it, so I wanted to watch it again. I ended up buying it, since it was on sale on iTunes for $9.99, and I am glad, as I will likely be adding it to my annual Christmas film routine.
The film, in my opinion, was surprisingly well-written, especially for a horror movie, however there are still some flaws. There are formulaic elements, however there are also many original elements that redeem this issue. There are also some issues with pacing: the beginning is fine, but in the end, the movie becomes a bit crammed, and therefore rushed, however the film never fails to be interesting.
The film has a good blend of humor and the eerie atmosphere characteristic of a horror film. The film had me laughing out loud multiple times, however also often had me on the edge of my seat in suspense. Heartwarming moments in the film felt natural and necessary to the progression of the story. The film also has a great ambiguous ending, allowing for the viewer's interpretation with many possible ways to see it.
Adam Scott was one of the biggest draws that made me want to see this film in theaters, and he still impressed, even after watching it again. Despite his role as the reasonable character, he still added humor to the film naturally, which is a rare feat. David Koechner is as funny as always in his supporting role too. The real surprise was Emjay Anthony, who was a great child actor that has tremendous potential to break out in the industry.
The film was also particularly well-made for the genre. Special effects were for the most part good, especially those of the Jack-in-the-Box and the Gingerbread Men. Masks for Krampus and the Elves weren't great, however didn't really detract from the film. The film also had some really interesting cinematography.
Overall, "Krampus" is a very fun, rather well-made horror film. It is a must for fans of horror comedies, and is a great film to watch around the holidays.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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