Krampus a demonic take on Christmas spirit

Krampus is unleashed when a dysfunctional family can't muster its Christmas spirit.

The legendary horned creature from European folklore terrorizes a family during Christmas in the horror-comedy Krampus.

There are scant new movies opening this weekend except for the horror-comedy Krampus, so now is a good time to catch up on some of the great movies that have been released over the past few months. More on those below.

According to German folklore, Krampus is a horned anthropomorphic figure that punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved. Although best known in Germany and other regions in Europe, Krampus has also made appearances in North American popular culture and is now making his big screen debut.

In the movie that comes out this weekend, Krampus is unleashed when a dysfunctional family gets together for the holidays and their fighting and lack of Christmas spirit and he uses demonic forces to punish the non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to get along and work together if they hope to survive. Starring Toni Collette, Adam Scott and David Koechner it is directed by Michael Dougherty, best known for the critically acclaimed cult hit Trick ‘r Treat.

You can still see blockbusters like Spectre and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 (which is still in the Xtreme auditorium until next Wednesday). Also still in theatres are movies like Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks; Antonio Banderas in The 33; Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman in The Secret in Their Eyes; Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before; and Creed starring Sylvester Stallone.

If you are looking for critically acclaimed or art-house type movies, there is Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep; the incredibly well-reviewed Room; the equally acclaimed Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber; and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo.

And for families there is The Peanuts Movie; Jack Black in Goosebumps; and the new Pixar animated feature The Good Dinosaur. For deal-seekers, Landmark Cinemas Encore in West Kelowna has recent hits like The Martian; the ensemble Christmas comedy Love the Coopers; Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in The Intern; Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; and Hotel Transylvania 2.

If you are too busy shopping to catch a flick, you may still consider stopping by the theatre to pick up a gift card. Right now, Landmark Cinemas is offering $30 in coupons if you purchase a $30 gift card. For more information on movies currently playing or gift options, go to www.landmarkcinemas.com.

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