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Holiday horror “Krampus” arrives on Blu-Ray & DVD

Posted in: Blu-Ray/DVD Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  April 27th, 2016
Blu-Ray DVD Krampus

The horror comedy Krampus has finally arrived on Blu-Ray, nurse DVD and Digital HD.

The December 2015 feature stars Emjay Anthony as Max, an idealistic boy who doesn’t want to give up on Christmas, despite the repulsive family members he’s surrounded by. Directed by Michael Dougherty and co-written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields, the film is an outrageously fun holiday treat.

For those unfamiliar with the title character (as I was when I originally saw the film), the demonic Krampus is the anti-Santa Claus. According to the National Geographic, “Bearing horns, dark hair, and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children.”

As Omi (Krista Stadler), Max’s wise grandmother, notes in the film, “Krampus came not to reward but to punish. Not to give but to take.”

The movie’s plot revolves around Max giving up on Christmas after a family dinner becomes an excuse for his vindictive relatives to spew vitriol at each other. With the family’s cynical nature on display, Krampus pays them a visit alongside the monstrous toys and elves he has at his beck and call.

Co-starring Toni Collette, Adam Scott, David Koechner and the hilariously foul Conchata Ferrell, the film relishes in its delightfully twisted premise, delivering scares and laughs aplenty. Horror and comedy fans looking for a twisted holiday thrill will likely not be disappointed. 

For my full review of the film, click here.

The film recently arrived on Blu-Ray and DVD and includes some great special features.

Bonus Features:  The DVD offers a less enigmatic alternate ending, nearly twenty minutes of deleted and extended scenes and a feature commentary. The Blu-Ray exclusives include great behind-the-scenes featurettes about the film’s design and the demented minions that serve Krampus.

Highlight: Watching the crew create and develop Krampus’ eclectic crew of minions is great fun.

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