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It could also be called "Christmas pissed off", even if there is no trace of the guy with the belly and white beard. Then we are in the night of St. Nicholas and the one who gets angry is Krampus, the evil spirit servant of St. Nicholas. A demonic figure very present in the folklore of Trentino, Friuli, Bavaria, Austria and Slovenia, so deeply felt, that during the parade of San Nicola, some people, dressed as demons, go hunting for bad children or bad in general, chasing them and "Whipping them".
It is strange that a European figure has ended up in an American horror movie. Apparently the director and above all screenwriter Michael Dougherty had been looking for an idea for a Christmas horror for some time and came across the figure of Krampus (at least according to Wikipedia). We have to say, fortunately, that he had this idea and found his monster in this figure. Because this film is a delightful horror with some comedy moments that is inspired by old films, with a particular preference for those of the eighties (see the "Gremlins").
A work that apart from a slightly slow start, gives the viewer the right amount of horror, hitting, as mentioned, Christmas and the family. Not a lot of blood circulates but Dougherty guesses every move to scare the viewer, giving him a film (starting apart as mentioned) with a nice pace and above all with a surprise ending.
Traditions and celebrations therefore end in "Krampus" with a large family that meet for the classic exchange of gifts. Max and Beth with their parents Sarah and Tom (the latter two played by Toni Collette, who we remember for “The Sixth Sense” and by Adam Scott, seen among other things in “Big Little Lies”). The other family unit, the host one, is made up of Howard played by David Koechner, another well-known name in TV series and films, a stiff American Republican, his wife Linda Allison Tolman, and his two daughters. We have also Aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell, who recently died) and Tom's mother, the German Omi (played by Austrian Krista Stadler) who also acts as a link with Krampus.
With these long introductions, we have Tom who believes in Santa Claus and the cousins who mock him repeatedly. Tired of being made fun of, Tom, tears up his letter. The Krampus doesn’t like this.
The family finds the house submerged by snow and above all full of strange creatures that want their blood, including haunted toys, murderous cookies and Christmas lights used as weapons.
Special effects used wisely and a lively direction lead us pleasantly to a surprising ending, which seals the success of the film.