Krampus ★★★

A watchable but unremarkable affair, though not without merit. Dougherty's Christmas horror-comedy isn't particularly funny, and its attempt to keep a consistently tongue-in-cheek tone undercuts the effectiveness of much of its dark imagery. Some truly disturbing practical creature designs are on display, but overly quick cuts and a comic score suffocate their horrific nature. And I really could have done without Ginger-bread minions. Good for one gag, but not a good enough gag to make up for their presence in the first place.

Worth a look and not a bad film, just not one that really achieves what it's aiming for IMO. The highest praise I can give it is that it's creative and not entirely repulsive. There's a flashback sequence part-way through that shoots and scores in delivering a stop-motion aesthetic but is actually all CGI. Could have fooled me.

Oh and another bit of praise I can give it: it is far, far, far more entertaining than Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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