Christmas and horror may not seem like the most natural combination, but over the years, several horror movies have been set during the Christmas season. Here are the top ten horror Christmas movies
1. “Black Christmas” (1974)
This classic Canadian slasher film follows a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant during the Christmas season. The film centers around a group of sorority sisters who are stalked by a mysterious killer over the holiday season. The movie is known for its suspenseful atmosphere and clever use of Christmas music to create a creepy atmosphere.
2. “Gremlins” (1984)
This family-friendly horror comedy follows a young man who receives a strange and mischievous creature as a Christmas gift. When the creature multiplies, chaos ensues. The film follows a young man who receives a strange and mischievous creature called a mogwai as a Christmas present. Things quickly go awry when the mogwai multiplies and begins wreaking havoc on the town. The movie is known for its dark humor and creative special effects.
3. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984)
This controversial slasher film follows a young boy who, after witnessing his parents’ murder on Christmas Eve, grows up to become a homicidal Santa Clause. The film follows a young man who is traumatized by the murder of his parents on Christmas Eve and grows up to become a killer Santa Claus. The movie was widely criticized for its violent and disturbing content, but has since gained a cult following.
4. “Jack Frost” (1997)
In this darkly comedic horror film, a serial killer is accidentally transformed into a snowman, allowing him to continue his reign of terror during the Christmas season. The film follows a serial killer who is transformed into a snowman and begins stalking the town. The movie is known for its creative concept and dark humor.
5. “Krampus” (2015)
Based on the mythical creature from European folklore, this horror comedy follows a family who must band together to survive an attack by the demonic Krampus on Christmas Eve. In the film, the main character, Max, loses his Christmas spirit and inadvertently summons Krampus, who begins terrorizing his family and town.
6. “Better Watch Out” (2016)
This twisty holiday horror film follows a group of teens who are left home alone on Christmas. As the night progresses, it becomes clear that someone is trying to break into the house, and Luke and Ashley must use their wits and cunning to try and outsmart the intruders.
7. “A Christmas Horror Story” (2015)
This anthology film features several interconnected stories, all set during the Christmas season and involving supernatural horror elements. The first story, titled “The Midnight Man,” follows a group of teens who accidentally summon a demonic entity known as the Midnight Man while playing a game on Christmas Eve. The second story, “Bushed,” focuses on a family who is hunted by a killer Santa Claus in the woods. The third story, “The Yule Lord,” centers around a Norse mythology professor who must stop the Norse god of winter, Jötunn, from wreaking havoc on the town. The fourth and final story, “Krampus,” follows a family who is terrorized by the titular creature.
8. “Sint” (2010)
In this Dutch horror film, a mythical figure known as “Sinterklaas” (the Dutch version of Santa Claus) is revealed to be a murderous bishop who terrorizes a small town during the Christmas season.
9. “Rare Exports” (2010)
This Finnish horror film is set in the remote northern region of the country, where a group of archaeologists unearth the true and terrifying origins of the Santa Claus legend, and they discover that the real Santa is not the jolly old man of Christmas lore, but rather a monstrous and ancient being who punishes naughty children.
10. “Anna and the Apocalypse” (2017)
This unique blend of horror, comedy, and musical follows a group of high school students who must fight for survival against a zombie outbreak during the Christmas season.
Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional slasher film, a dark comedy, or something entirely different, these horror Christmas movies are sure to provide a festive scare.