12 Deaths of Christmas aka Mother Krampus – UK, 2017

‘Heather takes a babysitting job surrounded by a mysterious secret’

12 Deaths of Christmas – aka Mother Krampus – is a 2017 British horror film directed by James Klass (The House on Elm Lake) from a screenplay by co-producer Scott Jeffrey (The Legend of Mandy the Doll; Unhinged; Fox Trap). The Proportion Productions film stars Claire-Maria Fox, Faye Goodwin and Tony Manders.

Based on the myth of Frau Perchta, a witch that comes on the 12 days of Christmas taking children each night…

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Reviews:

As far as Christmas horror movies go this isn’t the best but what it lacks in engaging characters and fun it makes up with some decent gore and a story you can follow easily. You do have to deal with family issues as you watch the film which does drag this Christmas terror down a bit but is necessary in the long run.” Peter Hopkins, Horror Screams Video Vault

“The movie tries to shock with its gore, but it is all quite fake and bad looking. Again, it works out as too distracting from the movie and it certainly doesn’t enhances its horror. It actually has a pretty decent main villain and concept in it, but it is too bad that it doesn’t really how to use it.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138

” …it flails to fill a 90-minute film with only a 30-minute idea. By this point, tidings of goodwill evaporate and the warts on this witch’s nose obscure every other feature on her face. Bluntly put, none of the kids featured in the film could act their way out of wet wrapping paper. Adult performers fare a bit better, though not by much.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“In spite of the title, the ’12 deaths’ are just about cobbled together from flashback scenes, missing kids who we only assume are toast as they’re never seen again, and otherwise most scenes of violence are directed at younger women, a facet of the genre that irritates me no end.” Hudson Lee, Vegan Voorhees 

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“The script is atrocious, with not one line managing to feel natural, the direction from Klass is generally competent, I guess, but then we also have to consider his ability to get decent performances from his cast members. He doesn’t manage it. At all.” For It Is Man’s Number

“The first half of the film suffers from a little too much repetition, as the narrative seems to stumble one step forward, then two steps back which has the knock-on effect of stifling any initial momentum. Irrespective of this, it’s still a very recommendable indie horror.” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

“This film is a bloody, dark, Grimm’s fairy tale with a heaping dash of mystery. You never really quite know what the hell is going on. People are dying, disappearing and getting cut up with cookie cutters and fried up extra crispy. If you like your horror movies dark, bloody, and confusing this will be right up your alley.” Sam Panico, B & S About Movies

“At first it seemed like we would be getting a well made, if low budget, Christmas horror story, but after quickly sliding into a morass of emo drama and throwing in some starkly contrasting cheeseball horror with very little of it thought through, it ends up being both annoying and unsatisfying.” Thomas Sueyres,  Video Junkie

Verdict:

This is an atrociously-acted cheap soap opera with a poorly-conceived horror sub-plot. It is astounding how some reviewers have been even vaguely positive this which is perhaps a reflection of how low standards of horror have sunk rather than the reviewing experience. The unrelated Krampus cash-in US retitle simply adds insult to the unedifying proceedings.

Adrian J Smith, HORRORPEDIA

Main cast:

  • Claire-Maria Fox – Bride of Scarecrow
  • Faye Goodwin
  • Tony Manders
  • Michelle Archer
  • Tara MacGowran
  • Dottie James
  • Oliver Ebsworth
  • Sian Crisp
  • Amy Burrows
  • Becca Hirani
  • Tim Freeman
  • Oliver John Lee
  • Penelope Read
  • Emily McQueen
  • Henry W. Smith

Release:

In the UK, the film was released on DVD by Left Films on 20 November 2017.

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Categories: 2017, British, Christmas, folklore/mythology, witch or witches

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