In German-speaking Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Regions in the Austrian diaspora feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe.
And now.... it's Krampus, The Movie! The film will be in theaters on Dec. 4th, and here's a quick rundown.....While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes a boy to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of a fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to their home, the family must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate!
So, if you're a Krampus fan, or have any on your Christmas shopping list, you may want to check out the goods from those crazy folks at Archie McPhee! They've got all kind of Krampus koolness you'll want for Christmas. Scarfs, sweaters, candy canes, and even Krampus tree ornaments!
Scary Christmas, everyone!