Inside No. 9 (2014– )
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The Devil of Christmas 

A director talks about his old horror film. It's Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. The Devonshires arrive at the alpine chalet for a holiday. The caretaker, Klaus, tells them about a local legend of Krampus, the Devil of Christmas.


Graeme Harper




Episode credited cast:
Reece Shearsmith ... Klaus
Rula Lenska ... Celia
Jessica Raine ... Kathy
Steve Pemberton ... Julian
George Bedford George Bedford ... Toby
Derek Jacobi ... Dennis Fulcher (voice)
Cavan Clerkin ... Interviewer (voice)
Naz Osmanoglu ... Young Dennis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Stage Hand


A film director screens a drama he made in 1977 in which actors play Julian Devonshire, his little son Toby, pregnant second wife Kathy and his mother Celia who are spending Christmas at a ski lodge in Austria. Local guide Klaus tells them the legend of the Krampus, a malevolent demon who punishes bad children and rewards the good and soon it looks as if the demon is stalking the family. Celia takes Toby to safety, leading Kathy to make a confession to Julian about her pregnancy. Something terrible follows. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Filmed using equipment from the 70s. Evident from the light trails from candle light from the camera panning across and resolution. See more »


References Gandhi (1982) See more »

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A very clever and unique episode.
1 January 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Pemberton and Shearsmith are always willing to try something different, and they never fail to give us something surreal and dark, Inside No.9 is always entertaining, generally very good, sometimes outstanding, It's a series that always tries to be different, and in The Devil of Christmas it doesn't come more different then this. Filmed in a truly remarkable way, it looks as if it were actually produced in the 1970's the filming, camera work, even the acting is reminiscent of Tales of the Unexpected, or one of MR James's 'A Ghost Story for Christmas.' Even the music is uncannily apt.

Very well acted, everyone performs as if they were in one of the previously mentioned series. I enjoyed the visuals so much that I almost didn't care about the story, interesting, and the commentary aspect seems fresh and unusual.

Naturally there's a twist, and a very dark ending as would be expected.

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