17/12/2016 8:35 PM AEDT | Updated 18/12/2016 2:06 AM AEDT

Liam Neeson Is The Sinister Santa Claus Of Your Nightmares

Liam Neeson’sSanta Claus is coming to town ― and he’s terrifying.

The Northern Irish actor auditioned for the role of a mall Kris Kringle for a skit on Friday’s edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

And he succeeded in giving the part his own ridiculously sinister twist.

Channeling his former CIA operative character Bryan Mills from the “Taken” movie franchise, Neeson recited the lyrics to “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

But whichever way he said it, he just came across as seriously intimidating. 

Check out Neeson’s full “audition” in the clip above.

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