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The Predator picks off Santa's helpers in his very own stop-motion holiday special

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Dec 20, 2018, 1:42 PM EST

As it turns out, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Glover, and Adrien Brody were all just the warm-up acts for the spine-hunting aliens we all know as "Predators."

In a new stop-motion short from 20th Century Fox, a Predator travels to the North Pole to take on Santa, his elves, and his reindeer. The magic of Christmas is no match for advanced extra-terrestrial laser cannons and blades that tear through Blitzen and Prancer as if they were made of tissue paper. 

The uber-violent Predator Holiday Special pays homage to what's come before by having a reindeer lose his arm in the exact same way Carl Weathers did in the original movie. Upon killing two more reindeer, the Predator rips off their heads, spines, and all. We also get a recreation of the iconic handshake between Arnie and Weathers' characters when Mr. Claus enters the picture and yes, he does curse!

Watch the hilarious, if grisly, short below:

Animated in the style of holiday classics from Rankin/Bass, the special ends with the Predator's rampage coming to a halt thanks to an elf with a vendetta. A la Predator 2, a whole group of hunters shows up to present Santa with a gift basket full of eggs. The elf's bloodlust not yet satisfied, the rest of the Predators are slaughtered. 

By the end, one of the eggs in the basket opens up, revealing itself to be a Xenomorph egg, ready to spew forth its Facehugger contents right onto ol' Saint Nick's jolly, red-cheeked face. Since Alien is also owned by Fox, the clip was able to include a small reference to Alien vs. Predator as well.

The holiday short (which aired on Comedy Central last night alongside BoJack Horseman) is an extra feature on the home-video release of Shane Black's The Predator, which is now available in stores.