I had no idea that this low-budget effort was actually the third in a series. There for sure wasn’t anything from any earlier movies that I needed to have seen to follow this one. And honestly, there’s no reason this one should have been a Krampus movie at all. It would have worked better had it not been. The story is decent, the strongest thing about the production. A demon summoned by a cursed book (Klaatu! Barada! Ni…*cough* *cough*!) that terrorizes an orphanage. It really has nothing to do with the Krampus myth. It’s like they just tacked the Krampus title onto it after the fact.
Honestly this one was better than I expected it to be. As stated, the storyline is solid enough, and the acting, while uneven, is at times quite good. It fails in the execution, and some of the dialogue really clunks. It needed a good script doctor and a bigger budget. (I suspect this latter is the reason why several prominent characters are dispatched off-screen. If it wasn’t due to budgetary constraints then it was just lazy.) The special effects are bargain basement, and when “Krampus” gets to soliloquize, his lines are straight out of a bad SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit. It sets up its characters well, though, and properly delineates them. It puts all the pieces on the chessboard in their proper places, sure enough. But it doesn’t know how to play chess. Neither good enough to be good or bad enough to be good, if you know what I mean, it manages to be just “okay”. Which, considering what I went in expecting, is, I suppose, something of a victory.