Mother Krampus, The Right Amount Of Blood, Gore
Mother Krampus Film Details
Now Titled: 12 Deaths of Christmas
Director: James Klass
Writer (s): Scott Jeffrey and James Klass
Release date: October 8th, 2017
Release Format: not stated
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 90 mins
Social Networking: Facebook
Based on the German Urban Legend of Frau Perchta, the Christmas Witch, who takes a child each night over the 12 days of Christmas. For the 12 days before the Christmas of 1921, children went missing near the local towns woods. A traumatized girl was found, but her mind had gone – she later died of her horrific injuries. Just before the Christmas of 1992, a further five children disappeared again. Their bodies were found in the same woods. Angry and seeking vengeance, the locals hung a woman they believed to be the killer. But before dying, she cursed the town that one day the Christmas Witch, Frau Perchta, would come for them to avenge her death. 25 years later, the story has become little more than a local myth. But as children start to go missing again, everyone begins to wonder if the tales of a curse might be true. This Christmas it’s not only the children that are in danger, it’s the adults too
When it comes to Urban Legends and Horror I fully support it! There is nothing better than a good old spooky folk tale from long years past rearing its creepy head into the present causing universal havoc after lying dormant for so long. Mother Krampus was one of these films and strangely enough, I thoroughly enjoyed everything it threw at me. At first, I admit I judged the film harshly, the opening scene was very dull even though I understood the vibe that the narrator was trying to portray. Hold onto your butts though because that really was my only issue with Mother Krampus. I’m even going to go out on a limb here and say that I actually preferred it to Michael Dougherty’s’ 2015 adaption of Krampus! Shocker there….
So what was it about James Klass’ Mother Krampus that makes it a pivotal horror Christmas treat? Well, for one thing, I was very impressed by how the whole thing was produced. The cinematography was more than adequate, a great accomplishment to Klass. One scene that particularly stuck out to me as an example would be the scene of the grandfather walking down to the aisle of the church upon first meeting the group of people, the scene was simple but effective and that is why I believe it stuck out to me the most.
Before we go on any further I first must have to compliment the special effects team. When reviewing indie horror I always look at how well the special effects are utilized, how the gore is fed into the film, whether is too much or not enough. Well, Mother Krampus just had the right amount of blood and gore. It wasn’t over the top but just right.
Mother Krampus had a well-developed plot line and touched on a very relatable subject for families around Christmas Time, separation. I found myself connecting with one the protagonists the little girl named Amy played by Faye Goodwin. When a viewer says that they connected with a character you know that is a sure sign of a strong film. In its own right, Mother Krampus was a strong film, it held its own throughout but I will say that it had a tendency to drag a little. I guess what I mean is that a lot of the plot could have been solved way before the end of the film, a habit many filmmakers use when wanting to flesh out their creative project.
The star of the film, however, was by far Claire-Maria Fox who played the emotional Vanessa, mother of Amy. I was really blown away by Claire’s acting; her ability to make one feel was beyond poignant, raw and just plain believable. I often felt my heart breaking for her. She was a very likable character.
The witch played by Tara MacGowran sent chills down my spine. Although she was not particularly frightening to look at it was more the sound that escaped her disintegrating lips that forced me to curl up in a fetal position and duck for cover. The sound she made was horrendously sinister and malevolent. As for the overall scare factor I admit I wasn’t terrified; I was however unnerved and often creeped out by the sound. I think if the special effects had made her look a little bit more nopey, witchy even then perhaps it could have made a difference but the howl she bellowed was enough to make me run the other way indeed.
All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised with Mother Krampus. It was a thrilling watch one of the best Christmas horror films that I have seen. Yes it had its flaws, yes some things could have been rectified but for me to say that it wasn’t entertaining would be a lie and I am not one for lying to my readers. If you enjoy Christmas indie horror flicks then you should definitely add this one to your collection. It really will give you a Holly Jolly Christmas!