Yes, it’s April and everyone is dreaming of sunny skies and warmer days instead of a white Christmas, but Krampus has arrived on DVD (and streaming, of course) to treat all the boils and ghouls who enjoy a good scare and a hearty laugh!
I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t mix my December delights with other months of the year, but I made an exception for Krampus. I’ve been so excited to see it again, it doesn’t matter if the bees are buzzing and the flowers are in bloom. As soon as I got a day where April showers hit my town, I closed the blinds and pressed play to watch Krampus again.
I originally saw Krampus back in December when it first hit theaters and was amused and enamored, reveling in both the holiday glow and the creepy antics thrown our way. (There are even some homages to other Christmas classics if you know your xmas flicks!)
Michael Dougherty, the man behind another holiday favorite, Trick ‘r Treat (2007), mingles a sentimental whimsy with family disfunction and frightening fairytale horror. The result makes for an eerily entertaining flick that I immediately wanted to watch again. It’s like mixing a cup of Gremlins with a dash of It’s a Wonderful Life… It’s funny and unsettling and by the end, you’re eager for another viewing.
Much like Trick ‘r Treat did for Halloween, Krampus is thick with holiday tradition and fun, but also delivers on the scares. I’m not just talking about the usual scenes that make you jump, either. I’m talking creepy monsters (some of which are costumed and not just CGI), scary sound effects (that Jack in the Box scream!), a beautifully eerie animation flashback (ala Coraline) that will make you as warm and fuzzy as any Rankin/Bass Christmas special, and suspense that will leave you biting at your nails. Still, it’s really not a gory film at all and can be pretty lighthearted, at times, as well. The cast is strong and the soundtrack plays on both the dark happenings and the lightheartedness of the film and makes for an overall fun hour and a half.
At home I viewed the iTunes version of the movie, which included a gag reel, alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes.
My suggestion to you is to crank the AC and snuggle under a blanket with popcorn and hot cocoa and welcome the holiday spirit into your living room… even if that holiday spirit is evil and creepy as hell!