Krampus movie introduces tradition that puts a new spin on Christmas


Jacob Olson, Staff Reporter

Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas Holiday Season has started. Typically when we think of Christmas, we think of Jesus, Santa Claus and presents. Horror movies makes one think of Halloween, not Christmas. But, there is a Christmas Horror movie out about Krampus, a kind of bad Santa who comes out at Christmas time.

Krampus has been around as long as or even longer than Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Krampus supposedly travels with Saint Nicholas. Krampus is responsible for punishing the bad children. Usually a lump of coal is the wrath of Krampus, but for really bad children, Krampus drags them to his lair and stashes children for a tasty snack later.

In Austria, Dec. 5 is known as Krampus Day. The kids tremble at the mention of Krampus because he is known to beat his victims with birch sticks.

Krampus is a horned devil that has a forked snake’s tongue. He is half man, half mountain goat with razor-like teeth. Some say that he is like a demonic satire and that he is related to characters in Greek or Norse mythology. Krampus carries a chain and a basket supposedly to assist in capturing and carrying off naughty children. Krampus also has a sleigh, somewhat like Santa’s, but it is more of a crude, shabby version, not nearly as nice as the one that carries around presents for the children of the world.

In parts of Europe like Germany, Austria and Hungary the people have Krampus festivals where people dress up like Krampus and roam the streets looking for and causing trouble.

The Krampus movie that is out is about a young boy who is unhappy about his dysfunctional family and turns his back on Christmas. He takes his letter to Santa and rips it to shreds and throws it out the window. This act summons Krampus who terrorizes Max’s entire family as a result.

If you are looking for terror this Christmas instead of holiday happiness, then you can buy a ticket to watch the Krampus movie that comes out on Dec. 4. If you do not want to see Krampus, then “be good for goodness sake ’cause he knows when you have been naughty or nice.”