Krampus 2: The Devil Returns – USA, 2016

‘Are you still on the naughty list?’

Krampus 2: The Devil Returns – aka Krampus: The Devil Returns – is a 2016 supernatural horror film directed by Jason Hull (Krampus: The Christmas Devil; The Four; Chasing Darkness) from a screenplay co-written with A.J. Leslie. It stars Richard Goteri, R.A. Mihailoff and A.J. Leslie.

Five years after the murder of his wife and disappearance of his daughter, former police officer Jeremy Duffin is brought back to help in the hunt for Krampus, a yuletide monster that punishes children that have been “naughty.”

As the monster becomes more erratic and unpredictable, Jeremy learns the truth about the disappearance of his daughter and the fate that has been bestowed upon him by an unlikely source…

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Reviews:

“The script, as in most micro-budget horror movies, is a bit muddled and isn’t clarified any by sluggish direction and listless editing. There are a few twists thrown in, one rather surprising and distasteful, and a couple of almost adequate scenes of the police skulking through falling snow in search of their prey; but still, the final completed product is strictly small change and only for the Killer Christmas completist.” Ben Spurling, HorrorNews.net

” …looks like it was shot five minutes after the first film wrapped since there is no discernible improvement in acting, technical quality, or anything at all really. Five different cinematographers end up in the end credits, probably because the production just tapped whoever had enough battery left on his cellphone’s camera to take the baton of D.P. duties.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The production design is inexistent. The editor misuses cross fades and hard cuts. The basic principles of filmmaking are never met. Most scenes are poorly lit and the framing is all wrong. This movie is a succession of “What the hell” moments and has virtually no redeeming qualities.” Steve Hutchison, Tales of Terror

Krampus: The Devil Returns does a lot to try and improve upon the first film. While overall it doesn’t help all that much, it does make this pill easier to swallow. My main issue with the first film is that it didn’t show kids, such as kid Jeremy, actually doing bad things that would warrant Krampus’s wrath. Here we actually see kids mess up and the end results of Krampus giving one of them a serious beatdown.” Valkor, The Other View

Main cast:

  • R.A. Mihailoff
  • Melantha Blackthorne
  • Tiffani Brooke Fest
  • Michael Mili
  • Jason Hull
  • Robbie Barnes
  • A.J. Leslie
  • Richard Goteri
  • Daniel James
  • Bill Kennedy
  • Paul Ferm
  • Darin Foltz

 

 

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