If you’re even slightly open to watching scary-ish movies and you’ve yet to check out Michael Dougherty‘s Christmas horror film Krampus then I suggest rectifying that while it’s still in theaters. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner, the pic is a successful combination of the scary, the funny, and the fantastical. Those expecting a straight horror film will be let down by the relative number of scares, but Dougherty’s goal is less about blinding the audience with fear and more about presenting a familiar holiday scenario with a dark, humorous twist.
The film’s namesake is taken from an Austrian folklore character who essentially operates as the opposite of good ol’ St. Nick. Rather than reward the good kids with presents, Krampus punishes the bad kids (in the film at least) with max prejudice. I can’t speak to the fidelity of Dougherty’s take on the character versus the traditional folklore itself and, honestly, that aspect isn’t important to me anyway. What matters to me is that Krampus is a solidly entertaining horror comedy (one decked out with excellent practical effects) for a holiday that tends to bring out both the best and worst in us.
Recommendations aside, let’s get to this week’s Top 5: