This (delightfully) frightening animated short written by chef Anthony Bourdain titled A Krampus Carol was originally meant to air on his recent No Reservations holiday special on the Travel Channel. The short, created by Zero Point Zero Production for Bourdain, was pulled from the air apparently when the show’s executives caught wind of its edgy content. Thankfully it has been posted in all its demonic glory on the internet.
Krampus is Santa Claus’ whip-toting Christmas sidekick. According to legend, Krampus joins Santa where he tends to the children on Santa’s naughty list. No coal here though. Instead, Krampus whips and licks children into shape or carries them off in his sack.
Thanks to Michelle O’Leary Sherman for the tip!