FILM REVIEW: KRAMPUS (15)

Something for those who find most Christmas films a little too sweet.

I love a festive flick that has a naughty side to it. The latest movie to join the likes of Bad Santa, Gremlins and The Nightmare Before Christmas is Krampus.

The film (from writer/director Michael Dougherty – X2 & Trick ‘r Treat) is loosely based on an urban legend – where, in contrast to Santa, a horned and demonic creature punishes those who have misbehaved at Christmas time.


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Krampus’ latest victims are young Max (Emjay Anthony) and his dysfunctional family – mum (Toni Collette), dad (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania La Vie Owen) – and their distant relatives. After tensions rise within the household and harsh words are spoken, all hell breaks loose, forcing the family to fight together if they hope to survive.


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What works best is the likeability of the characters. If we didn’t care for their outcome, this could have been a disaster. Thankfully we’re rooting towards a happy ending for most of the family.

Overall, this is far from your typically sweet Christmas film. For that reason alone, it’s worth a watch.

See Krampus and other festive treats at Showcase Cinema, Peterborough. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date show times. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas’.

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Genres: Horror & Comedy

Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, StefaniaLaVie Owen & Krista Stadler

Running Time: 1hr 38mins

Written/Directed by: Michael Dougherty

See if you liked: Gremlins & Trick ‘r’ Treat

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