Hello, horror fans. Welcome to this edition of Horror With a Side of Cheese. I am searching for the cheesiest, weirdest genre movies ever created. Twice every month, I come here and talk about my latest finds. The movies are rated on a scale of one to five cheese slices. Multiple factors go into the rating, including story, acting, dialogue, effects and re-watchability. In this edition, I am discussing the 2017 film, Mother Krampus. Stick around to find out how many cheese slices this one earns.
About Mother Krampus
The name of this film is a bit confusing. The story is not about the Krampus legend, per se. Instead, it revolves around a different popular tale, that of Frau Perchta, a winter goddess. She is also known as the Twelfth Night Witch or the Christmas Witch. Her specialty is rewarding the good and punishing the bad. One of her biggest pet peeves is anyone who works on her feast day, especially yarn spinners.
In this story, several children go missing in 1921. One young girl was found, but her mind had been damaged to the point she could not tell anyone what happened. Years later, just before Christmas in 1992, more children disappeared. Their bodies were eventually discovered in the same woods where the girl was found in 1921. To gain revenge, the townsfolk hung a local woman they believed to be responsible. Before she dies, she lays a curse on the town.
Around 25 years later, the woman has become a myth; however, children once again begin to disappear. Now, everyone is wondering if the curse is real, and this time, adults are in as much danger as the kids.
Mother Krampus has no Tomatometer Score and a 14 percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a 3.5/10 rating on IMDb.
Diving right into the story, there is so much to unpack. First, the plot does not revolve around Krampus in any way, which I feel is misleading. Second, it does not even line up with the actual Frau Perchta legend. It is its own thing, which is not bad by itself, but in this case, it does detract from the rating because it claims to be something it is not. Beyond that, the script is not as fleshed out as I wish it were, there are entire sections that do not seem to be a part of the overall story. Not to mention the inconsistencies. For instance, it starts with a violent sequence that is shocking and seems to set the stage for a decent horror. However, it fizzles out and we never get that energy back.
Moving on to the effects, they are meh at best. Generally speaking, I would not say this film has the super cheesy effects I have come to expect with these films, but they are not good either. There is a fair amount of gore, so there is that, but it is overused for what I am guessing is supposed to be shock factor.
The acting falls right in line with 90 percent of the films I talk about here. It is pretty over the top, but somehow, unlike others featured in this column, it also manages to be bland. Overall, not much to say on this aspect.
There are some cheesy and cringy moments with the dialogue. However, it is not interesting enough to be memorable. It has not been long since I watched Mother Krampus, and I cannot remember a single line. Normally, when I watch these cheesy films, there is at least one line that sticks out, but that is not the case here. If you have seen it, do you remember any specific lines? Let me know in the comments.
Finally, re-watchability. Nope, na-uh, not happening, never again. My rating is one cheese slice, and I think that is generous. If you want to go down the rabbit hole (there is a sequel), this film is streaming on Tubi.
Have you seen Mother Krampus? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, horror fans, stay cheesy, stay spooky, and above all, watch more horror movies.
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