Michael Dougherty’s Krampus has become a tradition

My family and I celebrate Christmas.

The holiday is marked by the decorating of the house, the baking of cookies, the watching of Christmas movies, the listening of Christmas carols, the exchanging of gifts, and, of course, time spent with those nearest and dearest.


As a fan of the horror genre, one film that I make sure to watch every year is Michael Dougherty’s campy 2015 Krampus. To me, it is the best type of Christmas movie.

It provides the strong moral theme common in many Christmas films – to be thankful for family. It has its sentimental moments, however, the theme does not saturate the film.

Instead, the movie is filled with hilarious moments that characterize many familial relationships: passive aggressive siblings, overbearing aunts, annoying cousins.

But what separates the Krampus from most other Christmas movies? Just about everything else!

A family is snowed in after Max gives up hope that his family will ever have a love-filled holiday ever again. Once his hope dissipates, the surrounding area loses all electricity and neighbors vanish as Krampus decides to visit his family as punishment for their bad deeds.

The ensuing hour is a laugh-out-loud attraction.

Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner lead a cast that fight against a teddy bear, a giant jack in the box, three walking and talking nail gun-shooting gingerbread men, demonic looking elves, and Krampus himself in an attempt to save their family.

The film is over-the-top, corny, cheesy, and all-in-all a wonderful time! Any movie that can include the line “I just got my ass kicked by a bunch of Christmas cookies” and get away with it is good entertainment.

Article written by Michael Donaldson

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