Krampus is equal parts camp…
Krampus is inspired and loosely based off of the German folklore regarding Saint Nick’s shadow…
The mesmerizing opening sets the perfect tone for the film: a terror-induced shopping center of panicked and raged-filled shoppers fighting (and crying) in slow motion – set to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Krampus is fun. AND scary. Like fun-scary. Scream-funny. You know what I mean?
That’s because Krampus manages to be ironic, campy, and oddly, empathetic to the audience. Because it treats us smart enough to know that we all struggle with the true meaning of what the season is all about: family. (And whichever shape, way, and form you identify that union).
Toni Collette gives some serious Shelley DuVall from The Shining vibes complete with cozy sweaters and bugged-out Krampus-feared eyes. The movie mocks the notion of strong male figures with the phrase: “A shepard’s gotta protect his flock.”
Because in reality, the final surviving adult character *SPOILER ALERT* is the mother. (Not to mention a badass fight scene with Alison Tolman.)
With boss ladies in charge, it allows male roles, like Adam Scott to be subordinate to Toni’s rules. He’s soft spoken, caring, and not afraid to show his terror.
Even with the kids (I’ve always been intrigued by fantasy stories where children are in peril and are respected as adult figure – ie. Harry Potter), the son is feminine and constantly taunted for it. But his father backs up his feelings.
Go see this movie and check out the trailer here:
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