Folklore in Europe has long associated Krampus with the holiday season. This anti-Santa Claus persona has also gained a lot of traction in the world of horror films.
the popularity of horror films has never waned (even though it was not always loved). More and more horror film filmmakers are being recognized for their work in recent years, from comic books to television productions like American Horror Story.
Films about the German Christmas demon Krampus are also popular folklore horror flicks. Here is a ranking of every Krampus film so you can decide which one to see next.
1. Krampus: The Devil Returns (2016)
After a mediocre start, the second film only gets worse. As a follow-up to Krampus: The Christmas Devil, Krampus: The Devil Returns is set in 2013. Despite their low IMDb ratings, the sequel is often considered to be worse than the first.
Children from their town have mysteriously vanished, and three police officers are trying to find out what happened. This is the work of Krampus, who has also slain one of the officer’s wives and kidnapped his daughter, as they soon discover.
2. Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)
This is the first film in a two-part series on Krampus, as previously announced. There are many similarities between Krampus: The Devil Returns and Krampus: The Christmas Devil in the framework of the film: mystery, realization, and massacre.
Former child abductee Jeremy is now a police officer. He still remains in his hometown and is on the hunt for the kidnapper who kidnapped him as a youngster. However, as additional children go missing, he begins to suspect that this is the same kidnapper.
3. Krampus Unleashed (2016)
Krampus: The Christmas Devil and Krampus: The Devil Returns both have somewhat higher IMDb ratings (2.4), but you might prefer Krampus Unleashed. Despite the fact that the tale may still be tedious, the visuals here are far superior.
Groups of treasure-hunters are on the hunt throughout the film. Krampus, on the other hand, is awakened by an old stone that has demonic summoning powers. He awakens after years of slumber to begin his hunt for prey.
4. Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)
There’s a new Krampus movie out there, and it’s just as bad as the last one, but it’s getting more attention. Krampus: The Reckoning is still worth watching despite its unique approach to the Krampus story and the fact that the graphics and story are far from perfect.
After the death of her biological parents, Zoe is placed in the care of foster parents. Her grandmother told her about Krampus a long time ago, and now the girl has made a new friend out of the demon. Her new parents abuse her, so she kills them with a Krampus doll and continues to use voodoo magic to continue her killing spree.
5. Krampus Origins (2018)
Krampus Origins may provide some insight into Krampus’ ancestry if you’ve ever been curious (though the answer will be a questionable one). An ancient demon is depicted in this film, which takes a lot of creative liberties in its depiction of its origin.
As a troop of American soldiers discover an artifact that summons Krampus, World War I continues. During a battle, the troops are killed and the relic is given to one of the fallen soldiers’ wives. When the children at the orphanage summoned the demon, she was forced to intervene.
6. Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride (2018)
Mother Krampus was a bigger hit than its sequel, Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride, just as Krampus: The Christmas Devil was. That being said, it’s still a worthwhile viewing because of its similarity to the original.
During the night of Christmas, four young women in Cleveland, Ohio, are completing their community service requirements. In the final residence, they encounter an elderly, pleasant woman, but they soon understand that she has a nasty side.
7. Mother Krampus (2017)
However, Mother Krampus was more popular than its sequel. For a one-time viewing with friends, this film has a decent IMDb rating of 5.1, so you can expect it to be enjoyable.
The narrative is based on the German folklore of Frau Perchta, a character who resembled Krampus in appearance. Each night over the twelve days of Christmas, a child is kidnapped by this witch. Everything went according to plan in 1921. The same event happened again in 1992, but this time the residents of the town hanged a lady they suspected of being the perpetrator of the crime. ‘Frau Perchta will come to avenge my death,’ the woman cursed the town. Kids went missing for the second time in 25 years…
8. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
A Christmas Horror Story can be the perfect anthology film for you if you like anthologies. Krampus plays a role in each of the four stories, which all take place on Christmas Eve.
It’s the radio DJ who warns his listeners to stay away from the local mall because he suspects that something horrible is going on there. Two students at a nearby high school are filming a documentary about the deaths of two fellow pupils. The son of a police officer and his family gets lost in the woods. Reuniting with their aunt, they tell the children about Krampus for the first time since they last saw each other. First he has to take on the forces of evil, and then he must face Krampus.
9. Krampus (2015)
Krampus, a 2015 film about the Christmas devil, was one of the two most popular releases in the genre. Metacritic awarded it a score of 49 out of 100. (according to 21 reviews). The fact that it has such well-known actors as Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Toni Collette (The Office) may have something to do with its popularity (Knives Out, Hereditary, Little Miss Sunshine).
In this tale, a young kid invites the demon Krampus to his family’s home because he had a bad Christmas. The notion was novel at the time because a horror Christmas movie had not been released since 2006’s Black Christmas.
10. Rare Exports (2010)
Rare Exports is one of the best films of the year. It’s unusual for a horror film to be panned by critics, but that’s exactly what happened here.
Based on the short films Rare Exports Inc. and its sequel, which tell the story of a firm that exports Santa Clauses all over the world. It’s based on the lives of people who live near the Korvanturi mountains and learn the truth about Santa Claus.