Before Krampus injected some needed chills into traditional yuletide proceedings, the original dark spirit of Christmas was Frau Perchta (and her many iterations such as Frau Holda, Frau Holle, La Befana, etc.). This Germanic legend embodies many of our preconceived notions (at least in appearance) of a classic witch, complete with scraggly hair, a long nose, and a broom stick made of straw. And although she is less well known than the horned figure that takes over her role, she is equally terrifying, misunderstood, and engaging.
After the Halloween season ends, and Christmas knocks all of the plastic skulls and jack-o’-lanterns off the store shelves, most horror fans have traditionally found solace in Tim Burton’s stop motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas or evil Santa Clauses in Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night. At the dawn of the new millennium, fans found another “kindred spirit” in the form of Krampus, primarily through Michael Dougherty’s film of the same name. read more