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Krampus Unleashed

USA 2016
produced by
Robert Conway for FunHouse Features, Triple G Production
directed by Robert Conway
starring Amelia Brantley, Bryson Holl, Caroline Lassetter, Taylor Buckley, Tim Sauer, Emily Lynne Aiken, Daniel Link, Tori Osborn, Michael Harrelson, Linda Cushma, Travis Amery, Dujhan Brown, Juliet Rose Serrato, Jeffrey Aguilar jr, Eric Lettman, Owen Conway, Kerry Keepers, William 'Bill' Connor, Sean Dillingham, Greg Lutz, Adam Berardi, David Casillas, William Kenny, Dan Weisgerber, Melissa Wiehl, Josh Schultz
written by Robert Conway, visual effects by Joseph Mbah, Robert Conway, special effects by Cat Bernier, Marcus Koch

Krampus

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's Christmas at his grandparents (Michael Harrelson, Linda Cushma), and young Tommy (Bryson Holl) couldn't be less impressed, as they live in the middle of the desert, there's no cellphone signal, the cousin (Taylor Buckley) he shares a room with is a jerk and isn't interested in much other than the behind of Tommy's sister (Caroline Lassetter), his dad (Tin Sauer) and uncle (Daniel Link) can't stop playing alpha dog, and so on and so forth ... and then Tommy finds this really cool rock in the river with runes carved into it, and he's mighty proud of the find ...

All of a sudden, a woman from the neighbourhood, Bonnie (Amelia Brantley) storms into the grandparents' house claiming her boyfriend has been killed by some demon-like creature - which of course sounds like utter rubbish, only it isn't: Basically, ehre's one thing Tommy ought to have known about his rock, once it comes into contact with fire, even a tiny spark, will set free the demon counterpart of Santa Claus from Central European folklore, the Krampus (Travis Amery) - and with Troy constantly smoking the rock catching a spark is only a matter of time. Now the Krampus come back to life is mighty miffed, and he'll stop at nothing to get back his rock ... stop at nothing? Hell no, he even enjoys brutally slaughtering those in his way ...

 

Now Krampus Unleashed is certainly not a film that tries to re-invent the wheel, it's a slasher movie, nothing more - but the movie is perfectly aware of this, tries to get the most out of following the formula by empasizing the strengths of the genre (like featuring some fun characters and character interplays, but also brutal killings), making things as tense as can be, and featuring a fun killer in a great mask and outfit. Plus, the cast's uniformly really up for the task to bring their roles across believably and likeably. This all might not make a great movie in the true sense of the word, but a very likeable genre experience.

 

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