Confession: I can't stand horror comedies. I think a movie needs to be one or the other, not both--especially because of their clashing tones. It almost always comes off silly to me. So no, I am not interested in KRAMPUS (which needs to be panned simply because of its title alone). It's about a family whose St. Nick non-believers are tormented by the spirit of "Krampus" during the holidays.
Note: This is a real movie, not a Saturday Night Live sketch, which I what I was hoping for especially after noticing the great Toni Colette in the trailer. Somehow the woefully dwindling career of Colette and the previously promising career of Allison Tolman (Fargo) has gone kerplunk. How devastating.
Here's a full synopsis of the film:
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) 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.
The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.
Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work onThe Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.
KRAMPUS is in theaters Friday.