Take-Home Horror: Krampus (2015)

Hey there, creepy peeps! I simply could not finish off December without watching what has become one of my favorite Christmas horror movies ever: Krampus (Michael Dougherty, 2015)! And of course, I own the Blu-ray version, because I wanted the special features, which is what we are talking about today.

Special Features:

  • Alternate Ending 
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast
  • Galleries
  • Feature Commentary with the Filmmakers
  • Krampus Comes Alive: Dougherty’s Vision
  • Krampus and his Minions
  • Practical Danger
  • Inside the Snow Globe
  • Behind-the-Scenes at WETA Workshop

So, to start, the alternate ending, gag reel, and extended scenes are staples in any DVD/Blu-ray extras and these three features don’t disappoint! I especially love the gag reel! When you get so many great actors together, you end up getting some awesome improv moments, which is what a lot of the deleted/extended/gag scenes are.

The feature commentary is my absolute favorite, I’ve watched Krampus with the commentary more than I have seen it without, I think. Michael Dougherty along with Zach Shields and Todd Casey (co-writers) talk about so many things from how they cast the film, the weird things that happened on set, the difficulties, the fun times. You can really tell these guys loved what they were doing when they were making the film, and, for me, that adds so much more enjoyment when I watch the film to know everyone had such a fun time making it.

The commentary is also a slightly frustrating at two parts. One being when Dougherty mentions that there are Easter eggs in the film that link Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007) in the same universe. And no, I am not talking about the extended scene that shows Sam’s lollipop. I’ve watched the movie millions of times and I still haven’t figured it out! Next is the ending, which Dougherty, Shields, and Casey admit to keeping secret intentionally and letting the audience derive their own meaning from the ending. This is both admirable and maddening!


And then we have to talk about all those behind-the-scenes extras (The Naughty Ones, Krampus Comes Alive, Practical Danger, Inside the Snow Globe, Behind-the-Scenes at WETA). I mean, that’s a ton of extras! All of these features have interviews with the cast and crew, as well as details on how Krampus and his minions were developed and made. These features are a must for any horror buff or just film buff in general. I love seeing all the work that went into the creatures, all the little details, and nuances that make the film great.

Basically, if you’re a fan of Krampus or just horror movie creatures, the Blu-ray is worth it for the special features alone. Now, the list of the features at the beginning of the post are in that order for a reason, the DVD features stop at the film commentary, so with the DVD you’re missing almost all of the behind-the-scenes creature-creating awesomeness.

Let me know your thoughts on Krampus in the comments, whether you buy a DVD or Blu-ray for the features or not, and what your theory on the ending of Krampus is! You can watch Krampus below using my affiliate link! Until next time, stay strange!

Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell