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14th Dec 2018

There is a Predator Christmas special coming next week

Wil Jones

Ok, this is a random one

When you think of the traditional animated Christmas specials, the old familiar names come up. The SnowmanHow The Grinch Stole ChristmasCharlie Brown.

There’s a new name to add to that list: The Predator. Yes, really.

The race of murderous aliens have previously stalked Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Glover and Adrian Brody, but now it appears they are hunting down Santa and his reindeer.

And if you think this is all a practical joke, here is the trailer to prove that it is a real thing…

The stop-motion short film is clearly a riff on the Rankin-Bass series of festive specials, most notably Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. In the preview clip, reindeer Blitzen gets eviscerated in graphic detail, while elf Sprinkles looks on in horror. 

It is all to promote the  Blu-Ray release of this year’s The Predator, the latest installment of the franchise.

The short will air on Comedy Central in the US on December 19th, during a showing of BoJack Horseman (Yes, we know what you are saying, BoJack is indeed a Netflix show, but in America, old episodes also air on Comedy Central).

This is not the first time the Predator has crossed over with other properties, of course. Most famously, there were the Alien Vs Predator comic books and video games, which also spun off into some not very good movies we don’t talk about.

In the comics, we’ve also had various Predators take on Batman, Superman, the Justice League, Judge Dredd, Tarzan, and even Archie from Riverdale.