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Krampus: The Naughty Cut 4K Review

“Krampus” never lives up to its potential.

After the instant classic “Trick ‘R Treat,” I was ready for another holiday horror movie from the mind of Mike Dougherty. Alas, 2015’s “Krampus” doesn’t quite pan out.

For those that don’t know, “Krampus: The Naughty Cut” is a never before released unedited and extended cut. The movie remains the same, but a few added scenes and moments are restored that were cut for the PG-13. The story revolves around the bickering Engel family comprised of parents Tom and Sarah and their 2 children Beth and Max. Max wants Christmas to be merry like it was and even goes as far to write a letter to Santa. When Sarah’s sister and her family come to visit, it becomes chaotic and an upset Max rips up the letter. This is when all hell breaks loose as a nightmarish winter comes from nowhere and ravages the neighborhood. Moreover, the 2 families become preyed upon by Krampus and his fiendish minions.

“Krampus” had everything going for it. You had Mike Dougherty directing and co-writing alongside Zach Shields and Todd Casey, you had a Hollywood movie finally tackling the Krampus legend, and you had a Christmas themed horror-comedy morality tale that tackled the dark side of holidays and toxic families and emotions. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work. I had hoped this repeat viewing would change my perspective on the film, but it still feels like a movie that never lives up to its potential. Not only does it come across as a “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” wannabe in spots, but it’s neither scary nor funny enough to work as a horror-comedy. Dougherty takes far too much time getting to the titular character and the creatures. Sure, it’s cool to see the roof hopping Krampus, gingerbread men, a Jack in the Box, a Teddy Bear, an Angel Doll, toys and Elves attacking the human characters, but it happens for so little screen time. Most of the time the characters are waiting around a house, searching for people who have gone missing or bickering. It tests your patience and not in a good way.

Speaking of the characters, you’d think a movie featuring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and Allison Tolman would be improved by their talents, but it’s not. They’re all wasted here with the exception of Koechner who at least brings some charisma to the feature.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? The vibrant colors really pop in 2160p.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos and 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? You can’t go wrong with either audio option here as they perfectly suit the movie.
Extras:
* Commentary by Michael Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields
* Theatrical trailer
* 14 deleted/extended scenes and an alternate ending.
* Theatrical poster art, creature art, story art, Michael Dougherty Xmas Card Art and Storyboards still galleries
* A 5 minute gag reel.
* “Behind-The Scenes At WETA Workshop: Krampus”- The title says it all
* “Krampus Comes Alive!”- A 5 part making of that covers the cast, the creatures, the stunts, effects, the production design and Michael Dougherty’s vision for the project.

December 6, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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