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Krampus
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05.31.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Michael Dougherty

Actors:
Adam Scott
Toni Collette
David Koechner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
While enduring a disappointing Christmas holiday with relatives, a young boy named Max accidentally summons Krampus, Santa Claus' demonic shadow. Krampus and all of his creepy minions make hell for Max and his family, showing everyone the price of losing your Christmas spirit.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The not-so-heartwarming Christmas tale of KRAMPUS is a throwback of sorts to 80s classics like Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD and GREMLINS, mixed with - I don't know - Tim Allen's THE SANTA CLAUSE? Writer/director Michael Dougherty (TRICK 'R TREAT) focuses this holiday film on equal parts humor and scariness. Think of it as a horror-comedy, featuring many of the best comedy actors working today... and a demonic jack-in-the-box, menacing gingerbread men, and sinister elves.

The opening shot of the movie perfectly sets the tone for what you should expect in the next 90 minutes. Hilariously set to the tune of "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year," we are shown the single most terrifying thing imaginable during the holiday season, Black Friday shopping. Much like the videos you have probably watched on YouTube, this scene shows a melee of people fighting it out in order to secure their on-sale item. Showing the dark side of the holiday season interposed with the levity of the exuberant Christmas song is the perfect scene-setter for what is to come in the film.

Usually I would be disappointed that such a crazy horror movie like this would stick to a PG-13 rating, but I doubt you will leave the theater wondering what could be done if the movie were R. Utilizing a phenomenal cast of multi-layered character, as well as practical effects from the always awesome Weta Workship, KRAMPUS makes the frights incredibly fun (and at times genuinely scary... I'm looking at you jack-in-the-box). I don't know about you but I think KRAMPUS will make me think twice this year when it comes to embracing the Christmas spirit.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields give great insight into how they made the movie. They have a lot of interesting anecdotes about the filmmaking process that I think any fan would enjoy.

Alternate Ending: Pretty similar to the original ending of the film, though I can see why this didn't make it into the movie. I prefer the way the theatrical release ends... what about you?

Gag Reel: This was the first extra I watched because I always enjoy gag reels, especially in a movie like this with such comedic talent. There are bloopers and hilarious improvisations from the cast.

Behind the scenes at Weta Workshop: KRAMPUS: A behind the scenes look at the facility that brought many of the elements from KRAMPUS to life, including the terrifying creatures.

Deleted/Extended Scenes:There is a pretty impressive collection of 14 deleted or extended scenes for the film. There is the option to play these scenes individually or play them all.

KRAMPUS Comes Alive!:A 5 part collection of featurettes that explore behind the scenes of KRAMPUS! You can play these shorts individually or together. They include: Dougherty's Vision; The Naughty Ones: Meet The Cast; Krampus and His Minions; Practical Danger; Inside The Snow Globe: Production Design

Galleries:Typical collection of images from the film.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
KRAMPUS is a fun horror-comedy that kept me entertained from the opening shot. It is definitely a film that will be fun to revisit at least once a year around Christmas time. Thankfully, Universal also did the film a service by including a lot of fun bonus features for fans. And now that we have KRAMPUS (Christmas) and TRICK R TREAT (Halloween), I can't wait to see what Dougherty has in store for another holiday, say Mother's Day? Though, let's be real, it will be hard to make a movie more horrifying than Garry Marshall's MOTHER'S DAY.
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