Behold Krampus, a new movie born of German Alpine folklore

Krampus comes at Christmas time, hairy backed, brown or black, cloven hooves, horns of the goat. You might know him from his appearances on The Office (ala Dwight Schrute) or in the show The League. Here in 2015 we're to understand a film is coming. A film with comedy and horror. A film celebrating the mysteries of Krampus! This film will be directed by Michael Dougherty, and will be released on the 4th of December – lucky you!

Today the company behind promoting the film Krampus has released a number of photos which you can see in the gallery below. These photos are mostly unimportant. What you want to focus on is the terrifying bits above and below the gallery.

Below you'll see a full photo of Krampus with our hero child from the film. They're both in silhouette, so you're going to have to use your imagination, mostly. See the cloven hoof. See the towering horn. See the hunch back.

Krampus is not human in Alpine folklore – he's more of a anthropomorphic goat sort of fellow. He's the anti-Saint Nicholas. While Saint Nick (Santa Clause, if you wish), brings presents to reward the good children, Krampus punishes those that've been impish.

The film will star Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Stefania Owen. This film's director also created the 2007 film Trick 'r Treat.

While Trick 'r Treat is Halloween themed, Krampus is for Christmas. While the two aren't directly related storyline-wise, you might want to catch the first before you catch the second.

Graphic novels have been announced for both films.

Below you'll see Dwight from The Office showing the true meaning of Christmas with Belsnickel, a friend of Krampus. Krampus generally follows along with Belsnickel to punish the bad children.