Not Ready to Let Go of Halloween Yet? Christmas Horror Flicks to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit!
November 13, 2017 By Cait Russell
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Not ready to let go of the Halloween spirit yet? No problem! There's plenty of ways to hold on to the spirit of Halloween well into December, and if you're a fan of horror flicksit's particularly easy, since there seems to be a whole genre of horror flicks dedicated to scaring the heck out of Christmas lovers!
While some of these have gone on to become horror classics, other are outrageous, and just pure holiday horror camp. If you're into horror, and you love Christmas, then you'll definitely love the tricks and treats we've got in store for you with our Top Christmas Horror Movie Picks!
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) - This movie came out during the height of campy horror flicks, the mid-80s, and boy, does it deliver. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is the story of an orphan, Billy, that suffers from PTSD after watching his parents horrifically murdered on Christmas Eve, who grows up to be a killer "mall Santa" at a local toy store, and boy does he have a taste for blood. When the movie came out, there was all sorts of drama surrounding the use of a "murderous Santa Claus" in its marketing, but that only fueled the fire when it came to making this film a Christmas horror classic.
- Krampus (2015) - Do you know who the Krampus is? Why, he's the counterpart of Santa, who punishes bad little girls and boys who have not in fact been good this year. While the Krampus has been phased out of most popular Christmas lore (he doesn't really "fit" with Santa's modern image of a benevolent gift giver that loves all of the world's children), the Krampus has been a part of Christmas legend for a long, long time. This modern look at this ancient folklore creature tells the tale of what really happens when you make it on the naughty list. Scary stuff.
- Jack Frost (1997) - Despite scoring a comically low 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Jack Frost" has become a Christmas Slasher flick icon, in part due to the fact that a heartwarming film by the same name (basically, the total opposite of the Jack Frost horror movie), was released the next year, leading to all sorts of comical confusion, and nightmares when parents rented the wrong flick from Blockbuster (it was the 90s, ok?). In "Jack Frost", a notorious serial killer is somehow turned into a murderous snowman due to a freak accident on his was to the electric chair.
Despite being comically bad (or perhaps because it's comically bad?) the film even received a sequel in 2000, which ends up bringing the evil snowman to a fun beach resort - basically the last place a murderous snowman belongs. If you like ridiculous, over the top horror movies that are more camp then scare, than this is is definitely one flick you'll want to add to your Christmas watch list.
- Black Christmas (1974) - A Christmas horror flick dating all the way back to the 70s? How could you pass up on such a novel thing? We sure couldn't! The film is based on the urban legend of "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs" - i.e. "the murderer is calling from inside the house", and the film is set during a sorority Christmas party, which of course is packed with all sorts of potential victims for a would-be murderous villain. This film was actually released more than once, under a few different names, including "Silent Night, Evil Night" in some theaters, and although it was set to premier on cable TV as "Stranger in the House", due to a freaky-similar sorority house murder in Florida, it never got to air on TV under that name. Creepy. Not only that, the film was also remade in 2006!
- Don't Open 'Til Christmas (1984) - It's hard not to giggle at the plots of Christmas slasher flicks, and "Don't Open Til Christmas" will definitely tickle your funny bone plot-wise if you think over-the-top horror movie plots are (unintentionally?) hilarious. "Don't Open Til Christmas" follows a Scotland Yard inspector as he hunts a serial killer, who exclusively murders Santa Clauses around the city of London. Just the trailer alone is packed with enough camp to have you cackling, but be warned, it's not for the faint of heart.
Do you like Christmas Horror Movies? Which is Your Favorite?
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