So for the longest time Black Christmas was my favorite Christmas horror film, and I still really love it but I think Krampus has stolen the title. This is a horror comedy set at Chistmas time and explores the myth of Krampus, a demon who comes to punish people who lose the Christmas spirit. Max is a little boy whose family doesn’t get into Christmas the way they used to. He reaches out to Santa in a letter to help bring back the Christmas spirit. But after his cousins make fun of him he throws it away, thus invoking the wrath of Krampus. A horrible blizzard comes out of nowhere and traps the family in the house. One by one they are picked off by Christmas demons, which are just amazing. Like there’s demonic gingerbread men and evil toys, it’s great. And unlike most Christmas movies, this ending is more… dark and ambiguous? This movie is so much fun, it’s dripping in Christmas imagery and has some really fun campy horror elements. I think all horror fans should check this out at Christmas time.
Netflix available? No
Hulu available? No
Xfinity available? Yes
Holiday rating: 9 Christmas trees