KRAMPUS (2015) Reviews and ‘Naughty Cut’ 4K + Blu-ray news

 

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Krampus will be released by Scream Factory on Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray on December 7th 2021 in a never-before-seen “Naughty Cut,” that restores dialogue and scenes that had to be edited out for its PG-13 theatrical release. Special features are listed below.

Disc 1 – 4K Ultra HD:
Krampus: The Naughty Cut
Audio commentary by director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields

Disc 2 – Blu-ray:
Krampus: The Naughty Cut
Audio commentary by director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields
Interview with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty (new)
Interview with producer Todd Casey (new)
Interview with actor David Koechner (new)
Interview with actress Allison Tolman (new)
Interview with actor Emjay Anthony (new)
Interview with Krampus performer Luke Hawker (new)
Interview with WETA’s Richard Taylor (new)
Interview with composer Douglas Pipes (new)
Interview with storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins (new)
Krampus Comes Alive! – Five-part making-of featurette
Behind-the-Scenes at Weta Workshop
Deleted/extended scenes
Gag reel
Alternate ending
Theatrical trailers
Photo galleries – creature art, storyboards, and more
New cover artwork by Devon Whitehead with the original poster on the reverse side.

Krampus is a good scare for the whole family. The Naughty Cut, though? Depends on how often you earmuff your kids. Those of you hoping for more gory mayhem, sorry, not that kind of unrated cut outside of perhaps fractions of a second more of certain stabbings. Grandma is going to have a fit with the new cut’s language though because it’s full of bits of extra foul dialogue.” Killer Horror Critic

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of Krampus:

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‘You don’t want to be on his list.’

Krampus is a 2015 dark comedy horror film about a young boy who becomes disillusioned at Christmas due to his dysfunctional family. Unfortunately, this lack of festive spirit unleashed the wrath of Krampus.

Directed by Michael Dougherty (Godzilla: King of the MonstersTrick ‘r Treat) from a screenplay co-written with Todd Casey and Zach Shields.

The American movie stars Adam Scott (Little Evil), Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania LaVie Owen and Krista Stadler.

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Plot:

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive…

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Reviews:

“As Dougherty once again perfects the horror comedy genre, he declares his undying love for holidays and teaches us and his characters the value of keeping the faith and never giving up. The movie’s ambiguous ending is both unsettling and shocking, designed to make us think and re-evaluate our own experiences.” Daily Dead

“All the way back to Dickens, the best Christmas stories — It’s A Wonderful Life, Gremlins, Die Hard, Bad Santa — combine cynicism and sentiment. Krampus delivers this mix perfectly from its stunning opening, slo-mo consumerist riots at the mall accompanied by Bing Crosby’s ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’, before turning into a siege-type horror…” Empire

“The film certainly barrels toward its conclusion with conviction, and there’s an attempt to end things on a pat note of “Family is what it’s really all about!” — a sentiment that could be quietly hilarious, given the carnage that’s preceded it — but by that point, the film has already missed the opportunity to decide what it wants to be.” The Verge

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“This not-quite-funny, not-quite-scary Christmas-themed comedy horror is like a festive Frankenstein’s monster stitched together from the spare parts of better movies … a noisy, mushy mess of a film, occasionally diverting, but generally forgettable.” Time Out

“It’s nowhere near as good as many of the films it so wants to be positioned next to, but it’s nasty enough to leave an impression.” The Guardian

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Digital Copy of Krampus
Includes UltraViolet Digital HD
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes
Extended Scenes
Gag Reel
Krampus Comes Alive!
Behind the Scenes at WETA Workshop: Krampus
Galleries
Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Michael Dougherty and Co-Writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields

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“Occasionally funny, intermittently scary, but mostly hectic and sloppy, Krampus tries very hard to be a different kind of Christmas movie. It wants to have its store-bought fruitcake and eat it too, to satirize the meanness and materialism of holiday-observing Americans and also connect with the vaguely defined real meaning of the season.” The New York Times

“By the time the dread Krampus finally rears his horned, red-cloaked head, it’s clear Dougherty is treating his material with the utmost seriousness, sans winking or campiness, and with an atmosphere of grimscreen-shot-2016-10-26-at-14-02-22 relentlessness that seeps in like a winter chill. Krampus stays well within the relatively bloodless confines of PG-13 horror, but it’s precisely the opposite of family-friendly.” Variety

“Not to overpraise it, but Trick ‘r’ Treat set a surprisingly high standard for Dougherty to follow. Almost inevitably, his long-awaited sophomore effort is less surprising and falls short of those heights, yet Krampus demonstrates that it is possible to elevate a movie from humdrum holiday cheer to genuine horror, all in 98 minutes or less.” Twitch

“It almost caught me off guard because much of the movie is driven by these really funny characters and there’s a lot of dark humor that keeps the narrative moving along quickly, but man does it get nasty and go to some scary places. What few quiet moments there are in the film are torn apart by one creature after the next, a constant onslaught of not-so-merry monsters terrorizing Christmas.” Rhino’s Horror

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Release:

Released on November 24, 2015, Michael Dougherty’s Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas comic book tells a new story based on the 2015 horror comedy film.

Main cast:

Emjay Anthony … Max – Incarnate

Adam Scott … Tom – GhostedHellraiser: BloodlineThe Return; Fright Night
Toni Collette … Sarah – Hereditary
Stefania LaVie Owen … Beth –The Lovely Bones
Krista Stadler … Omi
Conchata Ferrell … Aunt Dorothy – Modern Vampires; FrankenweenieTwo and a Half Men
Allison Tolman … Linda – The Gift
David Koechner … Howard – Snakes on a Plane; Final Destination 5; Piranha 3DD
Maverick Flack … Howie, Jr
Queenie Samuel … Jordan
Lolo Owen … Stevie
Sage Hunefeld … Baby Chrissy
Leith Towers … Derek
Curtis Vowell … DHL Man
Luke Hawker … Krampus

Release:

The Legendary Pictures production was released globally on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures.

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