I remember when I was a kid and I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night and I loved it. Maybe because it show's a dark side to something so good and special. Not to ruin the holiday or try to make it evil. I love Christmas in all it's sweet gushiness but just as in life, for every yin is a yang..for every light there is a dark. Sometime's you need to see the dark to realize how good the light is.
So since Silent Night, Deadly Night I haven't seen any good horror movies centered around Christmas. I am super excited to see Krampus! Like a lot of scary movies, it is a cautionary tale. If you have those family members that fight, are cruel to each other, and are ungrateful you will enjoy watching this play out lol. In all seriousness, it definitely looks like some spooky good fun.
Krampus is written and directed by Michael Dougherty who most known for one of my favorites, Trick R' Treat. It's about a dysfunctional family that get's together for Christmas and `as the fights break out, the youngest son loses his belief in the magic and goodness of the holiday. This just happens to bring forth an ancient evil who is intent on punishing the non-believing family. Now they must try to band together to save themselves from the demon and all the Christmas icons he has turned into monstrous creatures to bring down the family.
There is also real folklore behind this as well. Krampus come's from German roots. He is supposedly St. Nick's counterpart. While St. Nick rewarded kids for being good, Krampus would swat them and take them down to his lair. He would come out on December 6th or Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) and punish the bad kids. It is also Nikolaustag which is St. Nicholas Day where kids would look out their front door to see if the shoe or a boot they left out contained a present (for good kids) or a rod (for bad kids). I don't know about you but I think that might be extra motivation for kids to be good lol. I know I would!
I am gonna try to go see Krampus soon.
So does your family have any spooky Christmas tales?