‘Krampus’ Blu-ray – Review

With Krampus coming to Blu-ray next week, we thought it was a good time to re-post our review of the film and review the Blu-ray.

‘Krampus’ Blu-ray – Review

By Lynn Sorel

Blu-ray Rating: 10 out of 10

The Blu-ray release of Krampus includes the DVD and a Digital HD copy of the film, along with some great bonus features, many of which you can’t get on the DVD release of the film, including a special “Krampus Comes Alive!” featurette, which is an insider look at how the creatures of the film were created. 

For a Blu-ray, this is about the best you can get for a horror film. You receive all versions of the film, plus Blu-ray only exclusives. For collectors and casual horror fans alike, the Krampus  Blu-ray is worth every dollar.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY:

Krampus and His Minions In this exclusive feature see how Krampus and his twisted underlings gave the visual-effects superstars at Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based Weta Workshop some creative and technical challenges. Viewers will have an insider look at how Krampus and his evil minions were created and executed.

Practical Danger Stunt Coordinator Rodney Cook walks viewers through how the films thrilling stunts were done live on set while facing challenges with the creatures, children and set design.

Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design Filming almost entirely on sound stages in the middle of summer in New Zealand, the art department and special effects team had to pull out all of their tricks to create sets that were realistic, ready for stunts and practical effects, all while creating the look of a winter wonderland.

Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus Go behind-the-scenes at the world famous Weta Workshop to see how they brought the amazing Krampus creatures to life.

 

‘Krampus’ – Review

By Lynn Sorel

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

Synopsis: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

 

Our Thoughts: ‘Krampus’ is the best holiday horror comedy to watch this season, with a creative take on the Krampus mythology from horror director Michael Dougherty.

 

When a family holiday get together goes bad, and everyone is at each others throats, the Christmas spirit is literally thrown out the window, as child Max throws his list to Santa into the wind.

 

Unlike most horror films, we get quite a bit of character development for the first half hour, up until Krampus’ storm comes to town. With the arrival of a blizzard, a creepy mystery snowman and a strange sack of presents, horror ensues as Krampus and his helpers come to punish those who have lost hope in Christmas spirit.

 

Dougherty puts many of his own touches on the mythology, with the addition of demonic toys and helpers that come after the family. While the animation used in the film were slick, the practical effect were much stronger and more effective at scaring the audience. I particularly enjoyed the jack-in-the-box who swallows up one of the kids.

 

With a PG-13 rating, it is a scary holiday horror flick that the whole family can watch. While this is a plus in terms of a family movie to watch, it is a loss on the horror side. The scariest scenes in the film are cut away and what could have easily been a much more violent gorefest, is instead toned down to be more suitable for a wider audience.

 

Aside from wishing the film was rated R, my only other complaint is that we don’t see as much of Krampus as we could. While I did like his demonic helpers, some of them there were clearly more there for comedy than horror. They were funny but I would have liked to see Krampus doing more of the punishing.

 

Adam Scott and Toni Collette are excellent as frustrated parents Tom and Sarah. David Koechner is hilarious as red neck in-law Howard. Krista Stadler is sympathetic as grandmother Omi and Emjay Anthony is prefect in the role of regretful child Max. ‘Krampus’ is the must see horror flick this winter and I recommend it to all holiday horror fans and their families. It’s a film you will want to watch year after year in your Christmas horror rotation!

 

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Lynn Sorel
Lynn Sorel has been writing for Horror News Network since September 2014. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @gothicmermaid13. Read her full bio on our About Us page.

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