"A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home."Let's take a moment and enjoy that fact that there is a Christmas demon. The move didn't make it up. Krampus, in mythology, punishes bad children during Christmas. It's the anti-Claus.
The movie is silly and not in a bad way. It's one you don't take seriously. Just enjoy the ride and don't think too much about it. Krampus totally twisted the Christmas theme. All the monsters were holiday related.
It even had some funny moments. I generally don't like mixing comedy in my horror. Krampus did it in a way that didn't take too much from the horror.
Since it's a horror movie surrounding a family at Christmas, I expected it to be horror-lite. You know, the family would be terrorized but nothing really bad would happen to them. I was so wrong. No spoilers. Anyway, that family was a mess. Reminded me of Christmas Vacation- the well-off family having their not-so-rich side stay with them for Christmas. They were total stereotypes.
The most interesting characters were Max played by Emjay Anthony
And Omi (Krista Stadler). They had the most depth. And Omi was a badass.
I was impressed with how they portrayed Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen). She didn't get much screen time. She's the cliched hot older sister. They're usually mean and intolerable. She wasn't. I wish they did more with her.