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In Dec Michael Doherty Krampus hit the movie theater.
I gotta say he hit another homerun. Just an amazing film!
Think of National Lampoon Xmas Vacation, Christmas Carol and a little of Gremlins
is the best way to describe.... Krampus.
Now gotta give the Spoiler alert to anybody that has not watched Krampus.
Just stop the video and take off if you don't wanna know the ending.
Cause I'm about to go deep in details. Last warning and here we go
In the end of Krampus Max wakes up on Xmas morning.
It appeared to be just a dream and his family very much alive.
But then Max finds a Krampus bell as a present.
Which means it was not a dream and his nightmare did indeed happen.
Max's family stays quiet and give each other a look.
Which I took it as that they were starting to realize that it wasn't a dream
Here comes the twist. As the camera pans out of the living room window to the outside....
we are now in Krampus lair as he watches the family inside a snow globe
then we see there are many different snow globes around the lair
which we all have to assume is of different people.
So what does that mean exactly? Lets get into it.
There are two diffrent takes to the ending the good and the bad
lets start what I think most of us took it as.
I watched this movie with Freddy B and Silberback and all 3 of us agreed to the dark ending.
Which is Max and his family are in the underground, stuck in Krampus snow globe repeating Xmas morning everyday.
Which is a mind trip.
Now to the good ending.
Which is Max and family did survive and everybody is alive back at Max House.
The snow globe incident just means that Krampus is keeping an eye on the family in the future
so they don't mess up again. So which ending is real?
In the commentary Michael Dougherty confirms that he has heard 2 different takes to the ending.
But won't confirm to which is the real ending.
But he actually did give out the true ending if you bought the graphic novel Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas
which is not only written by Dougherty but also Zach Shields and Todd Casey.
Who happen to be the co writers of the movie.
In Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nichola, which is an Anthology of 3 tales which is very much in the trick 'r treat style.
2 out of the 3 main characters from each stories met their demise but on Xmas morning
they were all brought back to life with a 2nd chance.No snow globes.
Everybody that died were all alive celebrating Xmas.
So there you have it. For all of us that picked the dark ending we were all wrong.
for those who took the good ending were correct.
The graphic novel which is written by the same team that brought you the movie
gave you everything you need to know.
Now back to the movie so the question is during the flashback scene
why did Max Grandmother Omi lose her parents and the whole town villagers who were all dragged into hell.
This would support the bad ending.
Well in the movie commentery Michael Dougherty explains how Max was able to pass Krampus test
while his Grandmother failed.
Remember that scene when Max whole family are dragged underground by the w/e lets call it a snow worm.
He is then confronted by Krampus while his cousin Stevie is taken away by the elves.
This is where Max receives the Krampus bell and then he is just left all alone.
Max could have easily just called it a night and survived just like what his Grandmother did during the flashback.
unlike his Grandmother he went looking for Krampus and confronted the creature tried to save stevie
even offered himself to be taken to hell instead of his family.
This is where he past the Test and because of his courage is why Max and his family
whoever else was killed were given a 2nd chance of living.
This theme is very much the same in the graphic novel.
Where all 3 of the main characters had to overcome what they hate about Xmas
and showed courage to allow others to live.
With this is where Krampus gives you a 2nd chance.
Very much in the A christmas Carol and A wonderful life theme.
Which is exactly what Dougherty, Casey and Shields wanted it to be
Well there you have it. For the record I prefer the dark ending twist.
To me it makes the movie more scarier and better but I know that the wrong answer.
If you listen carefully to the movie commentary Dougherty, Casey and Shields have always intended Krampus
to be a light hearted horror movie compared to Trick 'r Treat.
The graphic novel which they wrote would back up the good ending version.
So comment down below and let me know what u think.
And If you have any questions I'll try to answer them.
if you haven't watched Krampus yet.
I highly recommend you do. Its def one to talk about.
Horror Squad rates Krampus an 8 out of 10 (Very good)