By: Kaylee Flores, Editor in Chief
Going against the average jolly holiday movies, Krampus Origins tells the folktale of the demonic humanoid goat who punishes children that misbehave around Christmas time.
Despite its name, Krampus Origins happens to be unrelated to Universal Pictures’ movie Krampus since Krampus Origins was produced by Funhouse Features and Paradox Universe. The difference in production companies really reflects on the quality of each movie; Krampus had an estimated $15 million budget but Krampus Origins most likely didn’t have the same amount of money to spend and it really showed.
From the bad CGI to the echoey acoustics, the production overall seemed low budget. The acting wasn’t bad, it somewhat resembled the acting one would witness in a high school theater production. However, not being able to clearly hear the delivered lines really put a damper on the movie. In one of the beginning scenes, Sister Rafus (Maria Olsen) catches Adelia (Anna Harr) practicing alchemy, one can clearly hear the microphone rubbing underneath their clothes. The editing jumps from shot to shot and tends to cut off a bit of the dialogue. Some of the lighting isn’t very flattering as well considering that in some scenes, you can’t even see the faces of the characters.
This movie takes place during World War I, giving some backstory on the legend of Krampus. The plot seems a bit unclear at the beginning since the movie just jumps right into a war scene with a crazy soldier who wields a seemingly haunted artifact, then cuts to the introduction of Josephine (Katie Peabody) at the train station awaiting to be transported to her new job as a teacher at a catholic orphanage. Then an ancient pagan book seems to be delivered to the orphanage from an officer for some unknown reason. Ida (Grace Lopez), one of the girls at the orphanage, then gets her hands on the book and releases Krampus. When Krampus takes Ida and another boy from the orphanage in the night, a strange boy shows up to the orphanage. The plot then thickens from there.
When Krampus is finally shown, the effects used are poor quality making the supposed to be scary villain to look like some underwhelming actor in a bad costume. The worst part would have to be the death of one of the characters when Krampus had attacked her with fire, the viewer gets to witness the actress scream beneath some bad CGI. The characters had little body to them save for Josephine whose story makes her out to be the hero in the end. Her soldier husband’s death allowed her to be the one to help the children from Krampus. The character Bram (Luke Waxman) was supposed to have a speech impediment, but the actor seemed to butcher that part of it which made it painful to listen to. The stutter also seems to magically disappear towards the end of the movie when the children were chanting spells in unison.
If you were looking for a good movie that differs from the others released around Christmas time, then Krampus Origins is probably not the movie for you. It’s a bit hard to sit through unless you watch with other people as a joke to make it actually interesting and to add comedic relief to it.