14th December, 2016.
You know, it’s not THAT often — just lately — that I’ve had time to myself.
Work, more work, shopping, pressie wrapping …
Oh … and stuff … !
Lots of stuff, in theory, any way.
Oh … and writing for Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar …
Amazing how what started as something to advertise a pub quiz can morph in to something of a passion.
But there we go.
I’ve a couple of nights off a week: One of which I tend to spend, writing …
And another … ?
And frankly? I’ve still got season 3 of The Strain, and the first sea on of Mr Robot lined up, too.
Though these are things for another time, maybe.
At any rate, tonight?
Tonight, I wanted to catch a movie.
To be more specific, I had — and wanted to use — the chance to catch something that’s been in my collection for a while, now.
And yes …
Fun is correct.
Three days before Christmas, Tom and Sarah — Adam Scott and Toni Colette — have finally managed to get presents wrapped and food cooked for they family: daughter, Beth, and son, Max — Stefania LaVie Owen and Emjay Anthony.
All with the help of Omi: played by Krista Stadler.
It‘s only when Sarah’s sister, Linda — Alison Tolman — turns up with her husband, Howard — David Koechner — that things turn into a typical family Christmas.
A bad tempered family row, with adults seething at each other, and children bully and taunting as only children can.
It’s only after his cousins get especially nasty … ? That an upset Max rips up the letter he’s written to Santa, and throws it out of the window …
It’s only when Beth decides to go hunting for her boyfriend … ?
That things go down hill …
Fun … ?
Krampus is a film that takes a very old European traditions — of the Krampus figure used too scare children into behaving themselves — and gives it a light heart-hearted modern twist.
While still keeping a thread of menace through the film: the toys in the attic?
On a personal note?
I also have to ask if writer/director Michael Dougherty is a Terry Pratchett fan.
I personally found both Omi (Krista Stadler) and Aunty Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell) very reminiscent of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.
In point of fact … ?
I found Krampus put me in mind of some of Pratchett’s work: in tone and fell, if not in terms of plot.
Krampus is a fun film.
One I’d suggest you’ll enjoy, this Christmas.