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It’s the season of joy, peace, and goodwill… unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the bloody murders has new complications as his seven-year-old son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt for the wrong reasons, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights back against a horde of zombie elves. This is destined to be a holiday no one will ever forget….
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I am a huge horror anthology fan, from films to series, to books and all I love them. So when I first heard about this I was really excited. Then when I saw the trailer I knew I was going to love it as it looked great, plus Krampus. So when it was released on DVD I bought it immediately, called my brother, and we sat down for a fun flick. Luckily like I thought I really enjoyed it.
The stories are wrapped around William Shatner’s radio DJ who is working on Christmas Eve. The first story involves three friends who are filming themselves breaking into their school to investigate the basement since a fellow student was killed there. A fourth friend was supposed to be there but she had to go on a trip with her family [more on that later]. Once there things are not what they seem as something is down there with them.
The second story is about a family of three who are going into the woods to chop down a Christmas tree. Once there the son goes missing, the parents finally find him but something is not right. That becomes more and clearer after they make it home; it seems that while he is there their son may not have left the woods after all. But if it isn’t their son, then what is it?
The third story is one of the ones I was really waiting for as it is about a family [including that fourth friend from earlier who couldn’t join her friends] of four on their way to visit an elderly family member. Once there she tells them about the legend of Krampus. Of course they don’t believe it and after the son keeps acting up they head home. They end up having a car accident and then are hunted by something in the woods, is it Krampus or someone else?
The final story is by far the most fun as it is about Santa having to battle all of his elves, well since they are now zombies. By far the most action packed and bloody of all of the stories, but what caused this. As Santa battles his former employees he also looks for answers. The answer may not be what he wants though as an old friend may be behind it.
This is a super fun anthology film as I enjoyed all of the stories. I also like how all of them are somehow or another connected. All of the writers and directors did a great job with this flick as did the actors. I do recommend all horror, anthology or Christmas movie fans check this out. The DVD comes with a nice behind the scenes feature that is fun.
At first I became frustrated with this film, because I thought that all the people/occurrences in the movie some how connected to each other. However, I was wrong. I tried to piece all the movie segments, in my mind, together, and just couldn't do it. I believed that some how Krampus had something to do with all the situations that were occurring in this film. I wish I would have known that this was not the case, and I could have enjoyed the film more. For those who are into the Krampus theme this movie does not make him the main villain. There is no one villain/ horror character in this film (just like in the movie "trick or treat"). Krampus only had one story in this film (where he is suppose to be real). However, there was also a final story, which involved him, but in an entirely different way.
As I watched the last story unfold (Santa vs Krampus) I once again thought, "is the director trying to tie the stories together (ones that involved Krampus)? The answer was no, but I LOVED THE ENDING anyway.
I will watch this movie again, and I know I will enjoy it more the second time (now that I KNOW the purpose to each story)
Some additional information:
(1) This movie, unless you are new to the horror genre, is not scary. I would say that the only scary parts of this film were the jump scare moments. However, This movie can be intense at times, and also has its creepy moments.
(2) This movie is not perfect. It does have its moments of bad dialogue, bad acting, and so on. However, the overall performances/ movie are good. This movie is hard to explain when it comes to it's build. It is not a college student style film, but it is not perfect Hollywood style either. However, if I had to put it on a scale of college, to Hollywood style, I WOULD say that it was way closer to Hollywood style-good.
This movie is meant more for people who want a little horror put into their Christmas this year. Another reason that I loved this film was because, not only was a lot of effort put into making it, but unlike a lot of Christmas horror films it didn't try to be funny/silly horror (like "Silent Sleigh"), or B-rated bizarre horror (like, "Christmas Evil"). Don't get me wrong, there are one or two moments where the director added in some subtle jokes, but it wasn't enough to ruin the film.
This film was not perfect, but it was refreshing to watch, especially compared to the typical cliché Christmas movie crud out there these days.
I also liked how there were very few S-x scenes. As the movie played (watching the teenagers kissing) I thought, "oh brother," I waited for endless drug, and S-x scenes. However, there was only one scene, and it was nothing graphic. Maybe this lack of S-x is a downer for most, but for people like me (who have seen a lot of s-x in horror movies) it was a refreshing change of pace. It reminds people that they don't have to have loads of love making to make a horror movie good/ interesting.