It’s that time of year again. Christmastime, when we examine all the dark and spooky folklore associated with the holiday season. Krampus has gone over (wrestling parlance), become a genuine pop culture icon. I’d like to see some of the other dark Yuletide entities become similarly popular. At the top of that list is Hans Trapp, the Christmas Scarecrow!
A man named Hans Trapp lived sometime in the 1400s in the Alsace region of France. He made a Faustian deal with the Devil, which got him excommunicated and banished from the area, with all his riches confiscated. (This last bit might explain the whole thing. If Trapp really lived and really was likewise banished, it could have been done to get hold of his money, a frame-up akin to the ones some people theorize were perpetrated against notable baddies like Gilles de Rais and Elizabeth Bathory; according to the theories, these folks were innocent, and the wild charges were created by those who wanted to get their hands on the accused ones’ dough.)
Anyway, Trapp, according to the legend, fled to the mountains of Bavaria where he became a cannibal who disguised himself as a scarecrow. He was struck by lightning, killed by God as punishment for his vile deeds, but he returned as an evil ghost, even more bloodthirsty than before. There’s totally a movie to be made, here. Use the legend as the springboard, and have the blood-drinking specter of Trapp return from the dead to once again prowl the French countryside, or the German countryside, a zombie in scarecrow duds. That’s a guaranteed moneymaker!