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Krampus

  • 2015
  • PG-13
  • 98min
  • 65%
  • 6.2 / 10

The movie focuses on the dysfunctional Engel family who has gathered at home during the Christmas holidays. The family bickers and argues with one another, losing their holiday spirit as they are too focused on their interpersonal strife and irritations to enjoy the season and togetherness. The young boy Max still simply wants to be with his family and have a fun Christmas, but after writing a letter to Santa, his siblings mock him for his attitude, prompting Max to tear up the letter in frustration. This sets into motion the events of the film, as the demon Krampus is summoned and unleashed upon Max and his family. Krampus serves as an antithesis to Santa, tormenting and killing those who have lost the Christmas spirit and dare to be hateful and misbehave during the holidays. Max and his family must fight to survive, and hopefully, in the process rekindle their love for one another.

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Krampus, the title monster of the film, is a creature originating in old European folklore, portrayed in illustrations as a goat-like humanoid figure often associated with Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus. But unlike Santa, who brings gifts and friendly tidings to families during the winter holidays, Krampus serves as a source of punishment for children who have misbehaved and done wrong. The concept of Krampus exists in many regions across Europe, like Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, and Croatia. In modern Europe, the tradition of Krampus was outlawed by several European governments, though the mythos has been revived in more recent years for historical significance and cultural remembrance.

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Krampus is a 2015 American fantasy horror film written, directed, and produced by Michael Dougherty. It is based on the folktale of the titular monster who comes to take naughty children away at Christmas time. The movie stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and Allison Tolman. The movie's production was handled by Legendary Pictures, with distribution by Universal Pictures, on a budget of $15 million dollars, earning over $61 million at the box office.