Thursday, September 1, 2016

Krampus (2015)

Since the PG-13 rating was created in reaction to Gremlins, a part of me has always felt that PG-13 films should be aimed at the same audience as Gremlins. The PG-13 rating is a stop-gap between childhood and adulthood and the films made with this rating should reflect that. It's perfect that some parents/critics bristle at what makes it into a PG-13 film. That's what this rating was made for. It's made for teenagers. It's made for kids who are just starting to enter a scarier, sexier and more nuanced world and they want their films to reflect that. You can only shelter them for so long before you're actually doing harm. Krampus is a perfect PG-13 movie. It is ideal for a middle-school sleepover. It's also great for making adults feel like they are that young again. Watch it this Christmas on a double-bill with Gremlins for the full effect.

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