Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Krampus (2015)

krampusDirector: Michael Dougherty

Writer: Michael Dougherty, Todd Casey, Zach Shields (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler

 

Plot: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Christmas Cracker Nightmare

 

Story: Krampus starts with the opening credits showing the chaos of Christmas shopping before moving to meet the Engel family father Tom (Scott), mother Sarah (Collette) and children Max (Anthony), Beth (Owen). They are preparing for family visiting Howard (Koechner), Linda (Tolman) along with their children and Aunt Dorothy (Ferrell). What looks like a normal horrendous family holiday together takes a turn when we learn that Max’s letter to Santa is very personal about wanting things to come back to normal.

When a blizzard hits the family find themselves with no hot water increasing tensions and Beth leaving the house finds out that something terrifying is lurking outside their house. When Beth never returns Tom and Howard go searching and find themselves having to fight Krampus and all of his demons of Christmas to protect their own families.

Krampus is a horror fantasy comedy that is set at Christmas much like Gremlins did back in the 80’s. We get to see how a family Christmas is really just like normal with different parts of family coming together. I did like how this took a Christmas wish idea and take a twisted looking at how you need to be careful what you wish for. We get to see things happen we wouldn’t normal see in a Christmas film because the only characters we meet are the family making any victims being close to home. I really didn’t know where it was going which is always good in a horror movie making this one to add to the list of horror Christmas films.

 

Actor Review

 

Adam Scott: Tom Engel is the father of the household, he does spend a lot of his time travelling but this year has promised to stay home with his family. He doesn’t get along with Howard but deals with him to make Christmas work. He must step up when his own daughter Beth disappears and they have to fight Krampus and his helpers. Adam is good in this leading role even a slightly generic father character.tom

Toni Collette: Sarah Engel is the mother of the household, she is a neat freak and has to deal with her sister’s untidy family at Christmas. She will do anything to protect her son after her daughter goes missing. Toni makes for a good supporting character as always.sarh

David Koechner: Howard is the brother in law who is very loud and gun happy. He has never really seen eye to eye with Tom but the events of this night bring them closer than they have ever been. David gives what is the trademark supporting performance you get from him.howard

Allison Tolman: Linda is Sarah’s sister who has bought her family to stay for Christmas, she comes off soft as she deals with what is happening with everything before the events of that night. She comes off as the push over parent compared to the over the top husband Howard. Allison is good as the supporting character.

Support Cast: Krampus has a big supporting cast that is only family which helps add the peril side of the story.

Director Review: Michael DoughertyMichael continues to take over the holiday horror scene with this addition to Christmas horrors.

 

Comedy: Krampus has good comic moment through the film without turning to it every time.

Fantasy: Krampus puts us into a world of fantasy creatures that all come off original with the terror through the film.

Horror: Krampus brings us a new Christmas horror that could easily stand next to Gremlins.

Settings: Krampus keeps us in a small setting with everything in and around the house.
Special Effects
: Krampus uses great special effects to create the demons terrorising the family.

Suggestion: Krampus is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Attic scene.

Worst Part: Not much.

Funniest Scene: Gingerbread time.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yeah

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Gremlins

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $42.5 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness’s sake.

 

Overall: Christmas Horror Comedy that is one of the best in recent years.

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Black Mirror – Season 3 Episode 2 – Playtest

playtestDirector: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Wyatt Russell, Hanna John-Kamen, Wunmi Mosau, Ken Yamamura, Elizabeth Moynihan

 

Plot: An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can’t tell where the hoot game ends and reality begins.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twist Filled Story

 

Story: Playtest starts when America Cooper (Russell) decides to just pack his bag and see the world he has the time of his life with the final leg of his trip being England. While in England he has his card cloned and must wait for a chance to afford a ticket home when local girl Sonja (John-Kamen) suggests taking a quick paying job.

Cooper takes a job working on a prototype game which pushes him to look at virtual reality gaming to a level never known before but this is only the beginning of his nightmare as all of his fears get projected within the game he has to play.

Playtest plays into the idea that we always want to push the limits to what we can experience in video games and that we will always need to learn what could make things more intense for the player. This story has one too many twists for my liking but otherwise is a very enjoyable one without being the best in the series. The idea of playing into fears works really well because it is a level that people like to reach as they face their fears.

 

Overall: Solid addition to the series but I feel this is only one certain people will enjoy.

Rating60

 

 

2017 Anticipated Countdown #23 The Equalizer 2

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer

Main CastDenzel Washington

Reasons I want to see

·        Not much is known on this but the first film was fun as hell.

·        Can Denzel continue to kick ass?

Will it be successful? IT could do well in the Box Office but for the rest it is unknown really.

Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 Nosedive

nosrediveDirector: Joe Wright

Writer: Rashida Jones, Michael Schur (Screenplay) Charlie Brooker (Story)

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, James Norton, Alan Ritchson, Daisy Haggard

 

Plot: In a future entirely controlled by how people evaluate others on social media, a girl is trying to keep her “score” high while preparing for her oldest childhood friend’s wedding.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shows Social Media Perfect

 

Story: Nosedive starts by taking us into a world where every single interaction you have gets reviewed by the people you have it with as everyone strives for popularity. Lacie (Howard) is a 4.2 and is always trying to impress everyone to help her score rise so she can move to a luxury apartment complex.

Her chances come when her hyper popular best friend Naomie (Eve) invites her to her wedding as we see Lacie see the light in her popularity spike. Lacie’s story takes a drastic turn for the worse as her point system crashes and she finds herself isolation in the world as she learns the effects within the world where popularity is important.

Nosedive is a perfect look at how certain people look at social media as they drive to be popular and how things can swing in an instant. It shows how people can judge you on something so meaningless like whether you like something other people did or you smiled at them. I feel this is something everyone who takes social media slightly too seriously needs to look at and reflect on their own life.

 

Overall: Hoping this is the start of something truly brilliant this season.

Rating90