If I’d realized that Krampus was directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty, who brought us the surprisingly good Trick R Treat a few years back, I probably would have made time to see it sooner. Nonetheless, I found myself with some free time Friday afternoon and being in a “why not?” kind of mood, I decided to go ahead and take it in.
Y’know, I’m beginning to think that in Dougherty, we may have found the new generation’s Joe Dante. Once again, Daugherty proves able to spin on a dime and move very smoothly from dysfunctional family comedy (hey, we all have those people in our family who we really just don’t want to have to deal with over the holidays, but for whatever reason we have to) to the second half’s relatively straightforward house under siege horror movie.
Of course, you have to understand that when I use the phrase “relatively straightforward” I’m talking about a house under siege by evil gingerbread men, nasty elves, snowmen, some kind of huge jack-in-the-box creature and other miscellany, all led by a roughly eight foot tall evil goat god, so… take that for what it’s worth.
Oh, one thing that I should particularly note is the very effective sound design in the film by Karen Vassar Triest who does am excellent job of evoking that “What’s going on upstairs?’ feeling and making it more than just a little creepy. This is a movie which takes full advantage of keeping some of the horror off-screen or unseen until it’s completely necessary, and the sound is very important in making that work.
All-in-all. I found Krampus to be a lot of fun, and a very good way to pass a couple of spare hours in the cinema.
Here’s the trailer: