You’d better not pout.  You’d better not cry.  
You’d better be hopeful and believe in the spirit of Christmas.  Do you want to know why?  

Krampus is coming to town and he and his vicious elves will bite you with their jagged fangs
before dragging you into the fiery depths of the underworld.
If you truly want Christmas to be as magical as it once was, if you value family togetherness and
believe in jolly old St. Nicholas, it might just save your life and everyone else’s.

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me wish you to your seat.

Melissa McCarthy stars in a tale about a quirky, dysfunctionanl family struggling to keep the
spirit of Christmas alive because, you know, nobody says dysfunctional like she does, nobody.

Steeped in Gothic film noir that complements the great Tim Burton, “Krampus” released in 2015
and directed by Michael Dougherty, packs snowballs of crude and obnoxious humor, provoking
genuine laughter from audiences.  Revolving solely around an ancient fairy tale, this movie will
have your children seeking emotional therapy for many Christmas’s to come.
Both the director and writers of “Krampus” were so confident they’re plot was entirely unique
that they couldn’t help but remind audiences of other movies that contain similar ideas.   With
antagonistic creatures lurking outside in a violent snowstorm waiting for hopeless human beings
to munch on, the father, played by Adam Stone, decides to pile the family into the snow-blower
to see how far they can get before they are either attacked or they manage to locate other
survivors.  Didn’t they use the exact same tactic in Stephen King’s “The Mist?”  
The Grandmother is the only character who knows all about “Krampus” because she has dealt
with it before.  But, of course, because she’s elderly and presumably crazy, no one takes her
seriously.  Just like Crazy Ralph from the original “Friday the 13th.”  
While being pursued by Krampus’s minions, a female character on her way to visit her boyfriend
during a blizzard hides under a car.  Hmm, what summer blockbuster do we know where
someone does that?  How about "Jurassic World?"
“Krampus” tries to justify its macabre and horrific outbursts by incorporating a firm moral
center.  Hope and belief in the true spirit of Christmas conquers all.  
If you’re looking for dark hysterical humor, a demented premise and some genuine jump-scares,
“Krampus” is definitely the movie for you.  
I’m the Ranting Usher and may the spirit of Santa live within your heart this holiday season.
Do you agree with my review?  Have you been touched by the holiday spirit this year?  Why or
why not?  Let me know in the comments section.