Bah, humbug! Here it is, genre fans: You’re obligatory Top 10 Christmas-themed horror movies list for those of us who like a little blood and guts with their Yule logs and eggnog. Since I’m not much of an expert personally, we turned to our friends at WatchMojo for a quality bundle of the best. Add one of these to the mix for a horrific Holiday!
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 scariest Christmas horror movies are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. From all of us here at Horror Freak News, have a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas—with or without a psychopathic Santa. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Christmas is typically a time of joy and cheer and is fantastic for family movies, but not for these movies which take a twist on the Holiday film formula and make them scary as all hell! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Christmas Horror movies that will make sure you don’t have a silent night. But what will take the top spot on the list? Will it be one of the classics like Gremlin’s or Black Christmas, or a more modern film like Santa’s Slay? Watch to find out!
Inside (2007, Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
Official Synopsis: A scissor-wielding psychopath (Béatrice Dalle) terrorizes a pregnant widow (Alysson Paradis) on Christmas Eve.
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A Christmas Horror Story (2015, Directed by Steve Hoban, Grant Harvey, and Brett Sullivan)
Official Synopsis: Not even Santa Claus is safe from the evil that descends on Bailey Downs, a small town that is suddenly plagued with malevolent spirits, zombie elves and Krampus — the anti-Santa Claus.
Jack Frost (1997, Directed by Michael Cooney)
Official Synopsis: As notorious serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is being driven to his execution, the truck carrying the murderer encounters a bizarre accident that transforms him into a mutant snowman. Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport), who caught the psychopath originally, has remained concerned about his return, and it seems that his fears were well-founded. Before long, bodies pile up, all killed in gruesome wintry ways. Can the sheriff stop Frost’s icy reign of terror?
Christmas Evil (1980, Directed by Lewis Jackson)
Official Synopsis: Eavesdropping on mother turns a boy into a killer (Brandon Maggart) who roams the streets dressed as Santa Claus.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010, Directed by Jalmari Helander)
Official Synopsis: A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso (Ilmari Järvenpää) think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari’s father (Jorma Tommila) captures a feral old man (Peeter Jakobi) in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing.
Krampus (2015, Directed by Mike Dougherty) [Featured Image]
Official Synopsis: While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, Directed by Charles Sellier)
Official Synopsis: An orphan raised by nuns (Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick) grows up to be a killer toy-store Santa Claus.
Santa’s Slay (2004, Directed by David Steiman)
Official Synopsis: After a millennium of spreading Christmas cheer, Santa Claus (Bill Goldberg) reverts to his demonic self and gives the gift of fear.
Gremlins (1984, Directed by Joe Dante)
Official Synopsis: A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
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Black Christmas (1974, Directed by Bob Clark)
Official Synopsis: As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess (Olivia Hussey) and the often-inebriated Barb (Margot Kidder), begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on, but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb’s friend Claire (Lynne Griffin) goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is.
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