Krampus is a 2015 American Christmas comedy horror film based upon the eponymous character from Germanic folklore, directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields. The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen and Krista Stadler. It was released in the United States on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures.
Three days before Christmas, a suburban family gets together to celebrate the holidays—Tom (Adam Scott) and Sarah (Toni Collette), their children Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen) and Max (Emjay Anthony); Sarah’s sister Linda (Allison Tolman), Linda’s husband Howard (David Koechner), their children Stevie (Lolo Owen), Jordan (Queenie Samuel), Howie Jr. (Maverick Flack), and their baby daughter; Sarah and Linda’s aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell); and Tom’s German-speaking mother, Omi (Krista Stadler).
Max wants to continue the family’s Christmas traditions, but tensions between members of the family keep everyone from having a good time and the family lose their Christmas spirit, especially Max, who rips up his letter to Santa and throws it to the wind after his cousins read it out at the dinner table. Shortly afterwards, a severe blizzard appears and cuts out power in the entire town. Beth, worried about her boyfriend, decides to go visit him in the storm. On her way, a strange horned creature chases her on rooftops. She hides under a stalled delivery truck, which the creature proceeds to walk around before leaving behind a jack-in-the-box. An unseen monster comes out of the box and attacks Beth.
After a period of apparently being alone with no power, Tom and Howard go out searching for Beth by going to her boyfriend’s house and find it in devastation, with the chimney split open as well as large, goat-like hoof prints on the floor. When they return outside, Howard is attacked by a creature hiding beneath the snow, but is saved by Tom, who shoots it. Fearing what they do not yet understand, the family boards up the doors and windows, promising Sarah they will look for Beth when morning comes. Howard promises to stay up to keep watch during the night, but he falls asleep. As the fire in the fireplace dies, a hook is lowered down the chimney with a gingerbread man, chains up and drags Howie Jr. up the chimney. The family wakes up, but is unable to save Howie.
Omi reveals to the family what is happening; they are being tormented by Krampus, an ancient demonic spirit that punishes those who lose their Christmas spirit, referring to him as the “shadow of Saint Nicholas”. Omi admits that when she was young, her family’s poverty caused her to lose her love of the holidays, which summoned Krampus and resulted in her parents and town being dragged into hell. She alone was spared by the demon, who left behind a bauble with his name inscribed and her life as a reminder of what happens when one loses their Christmas spirit.
In the attic, a mysterious bunch of presents that had earlier been delivered suddenly begins shaking. The family runs to the attic and witnesses der Klown, a demonic jack-in-the-box monster, swallowing Jordan whole. The others are attacked by a group of monstrous toys and three evil gingerbread men, Lumpy, Dumpy, and Clumpy, but fend them off and regroup downstairs. As they are about to shoot der Klown, they are attacked by Krampus’s elves, who abduct Dorothy, Howard, and the baby before suddenly leaving again. The remaining family decide to make a run for a snow plow in the street. Omi stays behind to confront Krampus and buy time for the others. Krampus opens his bag of toys and she is attacked. As the rest of the group runs for the plow, Tom, Sarah and Linda are seemingly eaten by the snow creature and the elves take Stevie, leaving only Max. Krampus then appears before Max and gives him a bauble with his name on it, wrapped in a piece of his shredded Santa letter, before leaving.
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