Krampus: The review of the naughty cut
Krampus: The Naughty Cut is now available for purchase on Blu-ray.
Director’s cuts have a moment. Earlier this year, I was very pleasantly surprised to see the fundamental changes to Zack Snyder’s Justice League result in a much better movie. Francis Ford Coppola and Sylvester Stallone both recently intersected less stellar entries from the Godfather and Rocky series. DC fans lobbied for Warner Bros. let David Ayer keep his promises original vision of the suicide squad. The common line that I can draw through the films above is that none of them were received as well on their original release, so you can see how a new cut is kind of a perspective. “Not to lose”. While alternative cuts of theatrically released movies may become fans’ preferred choice (watching you The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition), they can also be a marketing ploy to get fans to double down and buy a version of the movie that better restores footage left on the editing room floor. Krampus: The Naughty Cut doesn’t go so far as to add backward scenes that detract from the experience, but the changes are so slight it’s hard to recommend over the theatrically released version.
Director Michael Dougherty’s (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trick ‘r Treat) dark and fun take on the modern sense of Christmas was already well enough considered, so any new material should make it an argument increasingly to feel like the easy choice on the theatrical cut. The embellishments of The Naughty Cut are incredibly rare and ultimately add very little to the story. Most of the new dialogue scenes reinforce the family drama at the heart of Krampus. Sisters Sarah (Toni Collette) and Linda (Allison Tolman) lament how much they’ve grown, lead child Max (Emjay Anthony) makes a peace offering to his cousins amid the chaos caused by the shadow of Saint-Nicolas and his minions… but nothing which modifies the trajectory of the intrigue or radically recontextualizes what we already knew.
The most alluring prospect of an unrated Krampus Cup was the chance that the little wild beasts that made their way through the Engel family one by one were still Following Savage. Now, I’ve decided not to see Krampus again before I screen The Naughty Cut – he’s a perennial of mine, so I think I watched him with better than average knowledge of the beats in the movie – and I didn’t. can honestly point to none of the shots they added in the scariest scenes. Maybe Tom (Adam Scott) was stabbed for a few extra seconds by a murderous toy? May be? Anyone hoping for extended plays that were entirely lacking in Krampus’ theatrical cut or particularly gruesome new wrinkles in the Engel family’s struggle to survive until Christmas may feel like they’ve pulled coal out of their stockings.
Ultimately, recommending Krampus: The Naughty Cut isn’t really about which version of the movie is better; it’s more about what you want your home viewing experience to be. The Naughty Cut is the only home version of Krampus in 4K and with Dolby Atmos, so if your home theater setup can take advantage of these standards, there’s no real reason to choose the old transfer over the one. -this.
Krampus achieves that sweet spot of “Nightmare Before Christmas” by mixing joyous horror with holiday cheer. While the real scares are slim, the film is packed with stunning imagery, solid commentary, and moments of laughter out loud – much like director Michael Dougherty’s latest film Trick ‘r Treat. The designs of actors and creatures are also excellent. While the film takes place a bit slow in places, Krampus is sure to satisfy horror and comedy fans. Consider it another great Christmas movie to add to your collection.