5 Horror Films To Watch During Christmas

December 16, 2013

‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, that hasn’t stopped the horror genre from turning one of the happiest times of the year into one of the bloodiest. There are horror films for every holiday imaginable, yet there’s just something special about the Christmas horror film that just seems to fit better than the rest (besides Halloween of course).

Below is a list of films to entertain any horror fan during this Christmas season. Enjoy!

1. GREMLINS (1984)

Gremlins is a film that covers many emotions. There are some moments that can be genuinely scary, but most of the time you’re just gushing at how cute Gizmo is. The movie is fun, demented and entertaining as hell… they don’t make ’em like the 80’s anymore.

Director: Joe Dante

Synopsis: “A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.”

2. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

What is there to say about The Nightmare Before Christmas? If you’ve never seen it, then why are you punishing yourself? From the mind of Tim Burton and directed by the same guy who went on to helm James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, it’s the best example of blending Halloween and Christmas.

Director: Henry Selick

Synopsis: “Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.”

3. BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Black Christmas is considered one of the earliest slasher films. Halloween gets that credit usually, but this horror film came out a couple years prior and features some trademarks later seen in John Carpenter’s cult classic. It’s a fantastic mystery movie that is pretty disturbing. Weird to think that the director went on to create the most traditional Christmas movie ever about a boy named Ralphie and his BB gun.

Director: Bob Clark

Synopsis: “It’s time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don’t express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem?”

4. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

It’s been years since I’ve seen this movie, but the poster and title are well known amongst horror fans. The film was also very controversial when it was first released. Turns out that parents don’t like Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer. Protests and petitions got the film pulled from theaters, but it later found new life and a cult following on video.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.

Synopsis: “After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.”

5. JACK FROST (1996)

Don’t take this movie seriously. It’s dumb. However, it’s one of those horror movies that is so cheesy and idiotic that it becomes watchable and oddly enjoyable. Do you think any parents accidentally rented this instead of the Michael Keaton snowman movie of the same name for their kids?

Director: Michael Cooney

Synopsis: “Serial killer is genetically mutated in a car wreck on the way to his execution. After which, he becomes a murdering snowman hell-bent on revenge for the sheriff who caught him.”

HONORABLE MENTION: TALES FROM THE CRYPT – EPISODE 1.02 – “AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE” (1989)

It’s technically not a movie, but still worth mentioning. I remember watching this episode as a kid and it has always stuck with me. When you combine Tales From The Crypt with a psycho in a Santa outfit, you end up with a fun time. I recommend it if you’ve never seen it. Remember kids, Santa knows if you’ve been naughty.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: “A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.”

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