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'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale' - The definitive Krampus

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale


You'll see a lot of reviews about this film that talk about how wildly innovative it all is -- and "Rare Exports" is certainly that. But what's missing is that "Rare Exports" is actually about Krampus.

Krampus hasn't really received the appropriate treatment up to this point in films, although he keeps getting a little more exposure each year (American Dad even had a Krampus episode). Thing is, we don't need a definitive Krampus film because "Rare Exports" is it.

Reindeer herder Rauno (Jorma Tommila) is a lonely man who raises his precocious son Pietari (Onni Tommila) alone in Finland. On the night before Christmas, what starts out as a slaughter of an entire reindeer herd (and the financial ruin of the herders who rely on them), turns into an escalating series of increasingly disturbing encounters with Santa's helpers.

To say more than that is too give away too much, but suffice it to say that naked old men have never been so disturbing. Indeed, "Rare Exports" takes great glee in juxtaposing naked old men menacing young boys, and it really does put the legend of Santa in stark relief for the absurdity that it is.

The title only makes sense at the end. Fans of Krampus will not be disappointed.

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