Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride. A movie that slays the indie horror industry

The best thing about Christmas isn’t the food, the cartoon specials, or even the ugly sweater parties but it’s the holiday theme horror movies. Sometimes we are treated to a lot sometimes a very few amount. One happened to come across my desk called MOTHER KRAMPUS 2: Slay Ride I was expecting a demonic movie based on the cover but was treated to a Slasher movie that was reminiscent of the 80’s, 70’s horror movies. The plot for Mother Krampus is: “It’s Christmas time in Cleveland, Ohio and four young ladies are on the verge of completing their mandatory thirty days of community service. With only one night to go, they are required to make a series of in-home visits to the older and less fortunate. Upon arriving at their final stop for the night, they become introduced to a pleasant older woman who graciously welcomes them into her home for the evening. However, as darkness falls and the cold settles in, they begin to realize that there is far more to their seemingly innocent host than meets the eye.” The film doesn’t waste any time going into full force on what to expect with a great opening sequence kill. Like all 80’s, 70’s horror movies the deaths don’t pick up again until the end, but like all horror movies it also gives you a story where we learn about the characters, see their activities deciding if we’ll like them, feel bad for them as they perish. The film stars KateLynn E. Newberry Tiffani Hilton, Robbie Barnes, Roger Connors and Kris Smith who are co-writers of the film. This does help the film in fact that the actors learn their characters a little more and know what to bring with the direction of the Director Eddie Lengyel who was also penned as a writer for the film. Yes, this film has a nostalgic  feel to it where the plot is very simple, and the deaths are great with the budget of an indie film it does deliver on gore especially the after math of a death including a few great scenes from an ax to the face. The 3rd act of the film does take place in a big house in the city which I couldn’t help but feel of a Black Christmas vibe to it. We know the killer which we find out is a deranged mental patient. No powers, no black magic, nothing demonic. Just pure crazy which we the audience benefit from because we see the “human side” of the killer where we feel bad for their solitary, but when they wear the mask there’s no one liners, no sympathy, no reasoning. Just deaths galore. Which is what should be expected for a horror movie like this. I for one felt this movie has potential to be watched not only one month out of the year, but anytime. I spoke to Roger Conner’s about the film’s title where he said the original title was going to be “Naughty List” but the distributor changed their minds on the name title. Is this a bad thing? Not at all because we still see the same movie just different title. I have to admit the film did a great job keeping my interest all the way where even though an indie still showed mainstream horror this is a movie to watch out for that with a little patience, hard work, and some great actors you can tell a story, have great kills and still be a great film. Given the film is on it’s own and not really a sequel to any other previous Krampus films.  I also enjoyed that Roger played the character Lady Athena Slay a drag queen who also happens to be a final girl or does she? I won’t spoil that part but glad to see that film is now part of the LGTBQ+ library of films including horror films. Which we don’t see a lot of, but this holiday season make this film part of your viewing schedule even after the holidays go out and buy it. As stated, before it does a great job where if it wasn’t set during the holidays would still be a great film. The film can purchased through retailers such as Amazon

Posted by Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls

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