Episode 7: Gruss Vom Krampus

Show Notes for Episode 7: Krampus

Behind-the-Scenes Trivia About Our Hosts
: We realized off air, prior to recording this episode, that while our Christmas movie, television, and tradition sensibilities are all fairly aligned, our taste in Christmas music just does not line up. It goes beyond Anthony’s love for Christmas In Hollis! He also pre-ordered Gwen Stefani’s upcoming You Make It Feel Like Christmas Album, which will be released on October 6th. (You can find the Link to her website and to pre-order it below!) Two songs from it have already dropped: You Make It Feel Like Christmas, featuring Blake Shelton, and Santa Baby. While Anthony was professing his love of You Make It Feel Like Christmas off air, Thom immediately disagreed about how good the song is. So it appears like music is will be the one area where disagreements will surely continue to arise.

• A Word from Our Sponsor (Yo Mama Cookies) – 00:00

• Intro Music – 00:23

• Introductions and chit-chat about all of the happiness that Autumn brings – 01:14

Krampus Synopsis – 02:20

• Julia, Thom, and Anthony share their personal histories with both Krampus the film, and the figure of Krampus (And Krampusnacht!) – 03:04

• The elves discuss the history of Krampus and his mythology – 08:05

• Is Krampus a Christmas movie? The hosts discuss, as they praise the amount of homages paid to Christmas movies and specials that have come before it (Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Rankin/Bass Specials, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Gremlins) – 10:00

• The elves remarks about how beautiful the film is overall, as Anthony reveals his two favorite shots and Julia admires the house used during shooting – 13:13

• Thom shares some background information on the director, Michael Dougherty, who has directed a Halloween film prior to Krampus (Trick ‘r Treat) in addition to writing X2, Superman Returns, and X-Men: Apocalypse (Great; Okay; Terrible) – 14:29

• Julia points out how similar the Engels are to the Griswolds of Christmas Vacation. While discussing Howard – the movie’s less lovable Cousin Eddie – the elves bring the conversation around to The Office, as they tend to do sometimes – 15:44

• The hosts gush over Toni Collette before turning their attention to Omi to gush over her – 19:12

• All three elves are in emphatic agreement that Omi’s stop animation flashback is reminiscent of the stop animation utilized in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 during The Tale of the Three Brothers sequence, veering off into Harry Potter land once again – 20:25

• Anthony expresses his ecstatic relief that all three elves are on the same page when it comes to this movie, and is extremely happy that the episode didn’t devolve into a Christmas in Hollis type of fight – 21:20

• A discussion about the film’s opening (Rudolph in a Nativity scene?!) and how it set the tone for the film; when Thom brings up Black Friday, Anthony tells a story about how he almost got into a fight on Black Friday over a toy from the movie Happy Feet (More specifically, a dancing Mumble the penguin) in a very Jingle All the Way esque moment – 22:21

• Julia mentions Arthur Christmas, causing “Angry Anthony” to make a momentary appearance – 26:44

• Thom and Julia single out the great exchange between Sarah and Aunt Dorothy in the kitchen toward the beginning of the movie, and Anthony brings up how great the score of the movie is – 27:41

• Thom and Anthony make a Facts of Life reference which flies right over Julia’s head like one of Santa’s reindeer – 29:29

• A discussion about “magical wind” and the film’s composer, Douglass Pipes; Thom and Anthony both recommend Monster House to Julia, but Anthony warns her to steer clear of City of Ember29:57

• The elves discuss Tom and Sarah’s stupid decision to let their daughter leave the house in the middle of a White Out blizzard. In addition, Thom reveals his favorite shot of the film (Krampus’ silhouette on top of the house in the snow) and all three agree that the Jack-in-the-Box is horrifying – 31:15

• Thom praises the depiction of Tom and Howard’s relationship, which leads to an extended conversation about Adam Scott, in which it’s revealed he played a bully (Griff!) on Boy Meet’s World, his new Netflix Original movie Little Evil is recommended, and excitement is expressed for his upcoming comedy show with Craig Robinson, Ghosted. Once again, conversation veers into The Office territory – 33:37

• We finally gush over the psychotic Gingerbread Men, whom Julia labels “the cutest freakin’ things I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” 36:15

• The elves all agree that Alison Tomlin is fantastic – 37:57

• Julia and Thom express their feelings of anxiety whenever babies appear in horror films, while Anthony remarks just how great the baby in Krampus is – 38:25

• We discuss the scenes we thought were the scariest in the film (Hint: two elves believe a scene with the Jack-in-the-Box was the creepiest, while one finds a scene with Krampus himself to be the most frightening) – 40:21

• Anthony recommends a behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the process of bringing Krampus himself to life – 41:34

• Talk returns to Aunt Dorothy, and Julia manages to work another Harry Potter reference into the conversation! – 42:24

• The elves share their favorite quotes from the movie (Spoiler Alert: they have a lot) – 44:32

• The hosts pivot back to Omi’s relationship with Max, discuss how well Michael Dougherty is able to frame his shots, and how a certain scene near the end is very American Horror Story esque – 49:10

• We discuss the highly debated ending of Krampus, and are all surprisingly on the same page in our interpretations of it! (Hint: We all came to the correct conclusion!) – 52:28

• The elves discuss whether or not Krampus passes the Linus Test – 1:00:23

• Ranking the movie and discussing whether or not it will become part of their yearly Christmas viewing schedules – 1:00:58

• The elves read and answer a slew of listener mail and reviews they’ve received in the last week view iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit – 1:03:07

• Asking the listeners to leave us reviews on iTunes and Facebook, while reminding them of our ongoing promotional giveaway that can result in them winning a Cousin Eddie, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, POP Funko – 1:17:19

• We announce next week’s movie – the classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas – and reveal our list of exciting, upcoming guests (Dr. Stephen Lind, author of A Charlie Brown Religion; Casey Maute , of Parkbound Buttons; Brian from Christmas Past Podcast; and Mark Saltzman, writer of Hallmark’s Mrs. Santa Claus, starring Angela Lansbury) – 1:18:27

• We reveal our Question of the Week: “What are your Advent Calendar Traditions?”1:22:25

• We gently pile a slew of homework upon our loyal listeners: 1. Leave us iTunes and Facebook Reviews; 2. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas; 3. Read Dr. Stephen Lind’s book A Charlie Brown Religion1:25:14

• Only 85 days left until Christmas! (So close! Less than 3 months!) – 1:25:38

• Outro Music (Krampus – Karol of the Bells) – 1:25:57


• Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas:

– Official Website

– Pre-Order Album via iTunes


History of Krampus

• Jimmy Fallon talks Krampus with Christoph Waltz

Krampus Trailer

Krampus in the Corner

Home Alone Trailer

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Trailer

Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials Trailer

The Polar Express Ending (“The Bell Scene”)

It’s a Wonderful Life Trailer

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Trailer

Gremlins Trailer

Trick ‘r Treat Trailer

Superman Returns Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

Sixth Sense Trailer

Little Miss Sunshine Trailer

The Way Way Back Trailer

About a Boy Trailer

Emma Trailer

The Tale of the Three Brothers scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

The Tale of the Three Brothers puppet show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando.

Christmas in Hollis Music Video

Happy Feet Dancing Animals: Mumble

Jingle All The Way Trailer

The Facts of Life Theme Song

Monster House Trailer

City of Ember Trailer

• Adam Scott as Griff on Boy Meets World

Little Evil Trailer

Ghosted Trailer

The Office audition tapes

Krampus Featurettes:

Playing Krampus

Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop

Bringing the Elves to Life

Go Behind the Scenes with this Featurette

Buy a replica of the Krampus Bell

Christmas Is Music Video

Christmas in Harlem – Kanye West

Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama – Chance the Rapper & Jeremiah

A Charlie Brown Christmas Trailer

• Dr. Stephen Lind:

Official Website

Buy A Charlie Brown Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz

The Great Pumpkin episode of Academic Minute, featuring Dr. Stephen Lind

The Nightmare Before Christmas Trailer

• Casey Maute:

Parkbound Buttons Official Website

Parkbound Buttons Facebook Page

Parkbound Buttons Instagram Page

Parkbound Buttons Shop

Parkbound Buttons Twitter Page

Parkbound Buttons YouTube Channel

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Trailer

Brian Earl:

Subscribe to Christmas Past Podcast on iTunes

Christmas Past Podcast Official Website

Christmas Past Podcast Facebook Page

Christmas Past Podcast Twitter Page

Mrs. Santa Claus Trailer

• Mark Saltzman Official Website

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