The Engels are a typical Midwestern family trying to celebrate Christmas. But the only one in the family who has the Christmas spirit is their son, Max, who still believes in Santa Claus. Max's mother (Toni Collette) and father (Adam Scott) are clearly having some difficulties and this is compounded when her sister and her family come to spend the Holiday with them. They are very unpleasant, overbearing people. In fact, things are so terrible that the Max, once excited by the holiday tears up his Christmas list to Santa and throws it out the window. Only this has unforeseen effect-it summons the Anti-Santa, a creature called Krampus. The next thing that happens is that a blizzard roles in, the neighborhood loses its electricity and the creature Krampus and his terror-tory minions start killing people.
What I most like about this movie is that it as the look and feel of an 80's horror film, primarily because a lot of the closeup effects, like the horrendous python Jack-in-the-box, are animatronic puppets. Yes, there is a lot of CGI, as with the evil Gingerbread men, but it works well and is not overdone. Best of all it's a full-out monster flick, making KRAMPUS a perfect horror Christmas movie.