Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Krampus — Fun in the Snow … !

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 … ?

Another that I tend to want to either watch some TV: BBC3’s Class has been a recent favourite.

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.

The 2015, Michael Dougherty directed, Krampus.

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 … 


Now … 

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?

Definitely gruesome.

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.

Either way?

Krampus is a fun film.

One I’d suggest you’ll enjoy, this Christmas.

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