Like in his Trick 'r Treat, Doughtery has a creative and polished, auteurist technique, now even better aided by a higher budget. This is shown in tracking shots, fine quirks as the clever opening titles, and the glorious stop-motion flashback. Yet, like in his debut, the script is the problem. It rarely balances the funny and scary beats properly, rarely clicking humor, and is seldom tense in scares. Uneven.
In spite of it's characters inexplicably becoming Christmas warriors, it still works as a dark fairy tale. Also, it's refreshing to see it not devolve into a one note slasher movie as the preview suggested it might.
I expected a lot more from this film, especially more of Krampus himself - it was generally a lot of fun, though the ending was too hokey, and the horror was far too tame given how grotesque it appeared at surface-level. Enjoyable all the same - a worthy entry into the Christmas horror genre.
Of course I did not watch this expecting it to be the most notorious thing ever, but for a xmas monster film experience Krampus lacks character design and that right mixing of black comedy and red horror.At the end, I didn't get if this was supposed to be a kid's flick or a geek's tribute: this was not a holliday gift.
Sporadically funny, mostly thanks to Conchata Ferrell and what most of the actors mumble under their breath (pretty sure those in my showing thought I was an idiot for laughing when everyone else was silent), but a lot of buildup that just descends into overwhelming auditory madness and thunderous noise that becomes obnoxious, not scary. Not a total loss - this is the first time I found Adam Scott tolerable to watch.
European folklore coming to life in American suburb and turned into, quite possibly, future holiday cult classic. The imagery is both Christmas fairy tale and pagan nightmare, executed through claustrophobic tension and agoraphobic turmoil while leaving enough room for social and political skits. Rewatchability ends as a possible weakest link for this to be something more than a gem for casual genre fans.