Most people like their holidays to follow the rules: Christmas to be jolly and Halloween to be spooky—but Michael Dougherty’s 2015 “Krampus” combines the best of each holiday, making for a horrific Christmas. With a great cast featuring Adam Scott and Toni Collette, the film begins like many heartwarming Christmas movies, with the predation for the holiday and chaos in its purest form. However, the plot begins with Max (Emjay Anthony) trying to get into the true Christmas spirit. Once he loses that spirit for good, an ancient curse is unleashed on his family. The jump scares did not get me, but the joy of a Christmas movie plus a quirky horror flick was still entertaining enough to be curious about how it ended. I was not under the impression the point was to be scary, so much as to be a creepy alternative to the comforting Christmas we’re all familiar with. However, the line, “nothing bad is going to happen, it’s Christmas,” felt like a wink from Dougherty meant to remind us that Christmas can be a horrible time for people. We are reminded that the Christmas holiday is meant to be perfect, and when life or loss happens, it can be a challenging time of year. To all the readers and listeners of Ravens Vail, I hope this Christmas is good and your New Year starts off on a high note. Thank you for supporting such a genuine, hard-working team and their dream. I recommend adding “Krampus” to your in-between holiday list this year.

At four years old, R.F. Greer wrote, directed, and starred in her first film titled, “Princess Asleep.” Since then, she has been a storyteller of many colors, honing her skills at North East School of the Arts in San Antonio, TX, and earning the Co-Editor position of their literary magazine “After Midnight” before graduating. In a gap year, Rhiannon wrote two feature films, maintained a website, and recorded poetry. In college, she was published in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s literary magazine “Phoenix” and her book of poetry, “The Habit of Breaking Routine,” on Amazon Kindle. At the same time, she continues to earn her bachelor’s in Psychology and work full-time.