A collection of Christmas movies for the horror enthusiast.
What to watch in these merry Christmas times where you just want some horror and gore? There is so many takes on the Christmas horror genre. There are folkloric Krampus, crazy killers, ghosts of every time and other creatures. One thing most have in common though is the scary man that visits every time. Santa Claus. Don’t trust him. #cancelsanta
Starring: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage.
Its plot follows a soon-to-be stepmother who, alone with her fiancé’s two children, becomes stranded at their rural lodge during Christmas. There, she and the children experience a number of unexplained events that seem to be connected to her past in a suicide cult.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Starring: Onni Tommila , Jorma Tommila , Ilmari Jarvenpaa , Per Christian Ellefsen
(provided by the studio) It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare — a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.
Starring: Imogen Poots
Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood. Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes). Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims. This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Questions like: Is this actually a Halloween movie or a Christmas movies must be forgotten! Let us all just call it a movie about festivities. Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
Starring: Emily Blunt
Before a quiet place, there was the Christmas horror movie for Blunt, giving her a chance to practice her horror scream queen skills to perfection. Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they’re preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.
Toni Collette. Wanna watch her in a horror flick without the psychological trauma from Hereditary? Krampus is the movie. Or…
Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
Starring: Hoyt Axton, Zach Galligan, Frances Lee McCain
A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman, Lynne Griffin and John Saxon
Kind of more into originals slasher movies than remakes? Then lo and behold, you can have one without Imogen Poots.
The story follows a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls and are eventually stalked and murdered by a deranged killer during the Christmas season. It is the first film in the Black Christmas series. The script of the movie is actually inspired by the urban legend “The babysitter and the man upstairs” and a series of murders that took place in the Westmount neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec.
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