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Krampus Origins

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cheesy, low-budget horror prequel has blood, violence.

Movie NR 2018 86 minutes
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Too much blood My 10-year-old watched it and got nightmares for 2 weeks not good for young kids If you are not idealogical sensitive if they can't tell the difference between what's real and what's fake the people hug each other disclaimer NOT FOR YOUR RELIGIOUS PARENTS SOME SMOKING IN THE MOVIE NOT MY FAVORIT

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This is one of those low-budget horror movies that's almost too cheesy to be scary for most older teens. The demon itself, when it finally appears, looks like something made out of papier-mâché and has an "evil" voice reminiscent of the voices that the bad guys in Scooby-Doo cartoons affect when trying to put one over on "those meddling kids." While the acting isn't bad, the dialogue is clunky and amateurish. The story itself tries to be one of those "slow-burn" horror movies where the suspense slowly builds until the final act is all chaos and mayhem, but the burn is too slow and too dull, with the payoff of the cheesy monster being no payoff at all.

Often low-budget horror movies have some humor and self-awareness to make up for the lack of money. Krampus Origins is one of those low-budget horror movies that's unintentionally funny, especially when the special effects come into play. The campy nature makes it somewhat entertaining, but the journey to get there is a drab trip through a mostly gray orphanage, replete with clichéd character types like alcoholic priests, severe nuns, weaselly bullies and their stuttering victims, and the maid with a profound interest in mysticism and spells. Horror fans can find better thrills and chills elsewhere.

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