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Krampus (2015)



Critic Consensus: Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante's B- movie classics, even if it doesn't have quite the savage bite its concept calls for.

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When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

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Conchata Ferrell
as Aunt Dorothy
Maverick Flack
as Howie Jr.
Luke Hawker
as Krampus
Sophie Gannon
as Bjugnakraekir
Gareth Ruck
as Stekkjarstaur
Sage Hunefeld
as Baby Chrissy
ark Atkin
as Ketkrokur
Lolo Owen
as Stevie
Trevor Bau
as Hurðaskellir
Brett Beattie
as Der Klown
Amy Brighton
as Pvorusleikir
Felicity Hamill
as Gattapefur
Kelly Lily Marie
as Gilijagaur
Clare Odell
as Gluggagaegir
Pascal Ackerman
as The Yule Goat
Skye Broberg
as The Yule Goat
Jessie Carson
as The Yule Goat
Ravi Narayan
as Hero Dark Elf - Kertasníkir
Ivy George
as Cherub, Perchta the Cherub
Collin Dean
as Ruprecht the Elf
Gideon Emery
as Krampus
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Critic Reviews for Krampus

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (31)

Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Otherwise, this holiday-season fright flick never leaps far enough outside of its own box; the movie flirts with going full-on monster mash, with really cutting loose, but the mayhem is too little, too late.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The legend of the Krampus, often referred to as the shadow of St. Nicholas, is a fertile one indeed, but this "Krampus" - a missed opportunity for anti-saccharine counter programming - isn't likely to create many new believers.

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Top Critic

Unfortunately, the narrow scope of his story - which is primarily set inside the characters' abode - makes the film feel akin to a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller minus the surprises.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's a pleasantly perverse idea with potential for grisly humor, cultural satire and the kind of murderous fantasies that run through all our heads when relatives overstay their welcome.

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Top Critic

It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic.

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Audience Reviews for Krampus

The film is trying to be a new Gremlins, using the festive season for some horror and the set up works rather nicely with the arrival of the unloved extended family. The tone is then somewhat undecided, too silly for grown-ups and too creepy for kids, especially when it comes to Krampus' multilpe helper creatures. That's borderline annoying a few times and would have worked much better with the emphasis on the main antagonist. But even he gets silly once we see underneath his hood often enough. At least the final twist is surprisingly evil.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Didn’t love or hate this. It was an okay Christmas horror. Dragged out a little long, though it wasn’t.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Michael Dougherty is no Joe Dante, and his attempt to mix horror and comedy is only unscary and unfunny - a perfunctory, predictable and uninspired Christmas movie plagued with characters so hateful that I wanted Krampus to kill them all so that it would be finally over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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