Horror Movies to Watch This Christmas Season

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Christmastime is a glorious time. It's a joyous holiday, so joyous in fact that Christmas-themed accessories are sold with the word "JOY" written all over them. Sometimes, it's even the top of the Christmas word-tree pillow. There are sparkling lights, presents, hot cocoa, footie pajamas, family dinners, nativity scenes, snowfall, mass consumerism...it's really a beautiful season.

So clearly, the best way to celebrate all of thisĀ is with blood and gore and everything horror-full. Here's a nasty list of all the best (and worst, but in the best way) scary movies to watch this joyous Christmas season.


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1. 'Krampus' (2015)

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There's a Christmas horror movie on the big screen this year, and it's Krampus! The glowing cast includes Toni Collette, Adam Scott, David Koechner and Allison Tolman, and it is based on the character from Alpine folklore, the horned beast who arrives at Christmas to punish children when they've been naughty. So if you're hankering for a good, old-fashioned theater scare, this one's for you.

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2. 'Black Christmas' (1974)

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It doesn't get more Christmas-classic than Black Christmas, the 1974 slasher flick in which a sorority house is terrorized by a psycho with a hobby. (His hobby is murder.) They remade it in 2006, but stick with the OG. 

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3. 'Gremlins' (1984)

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There's no buts about it, Gremlins is both a horror and a Christmas classic. Billy's new adorable Furby friend is really cute...but then he gets wet. What ensues is a hilarious gremlin-filled romp that's just scary enough for the horror fan in the family and just funny enough for everyone else. Gizmo got genre-bending ways!

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4. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)

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While the director has come out and said, once and for all, that The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie, it has "Christmas" in the title AND it's terrifying, so we're including it in our list. 

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5. 'Silent Night, Bloody Night' (1972)

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A man inherits a mansion that used to be an asylum, and there's a crazed killer hiding in the house ready to pounce. That's a recipe for success right there. Sounds like the perfect movie to watch while you're cooped up in your large house with an unspecified number of extended family members staying in rooms you didn't even know you had.

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6. 'Rare Exports' (2010)

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Rare Exports is one of those rare holiday horror movies that actually benefits from taking itself seriously. It's a Finnish film about people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover that Santa Claus isn't exactly the jolly, old, present-giving cookie-lover he's made out to be. He's more like a reindeer-killing, naughty-child stealing, supernatural being. 

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7. 'Elves' (1989)

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Any time you can mix Christmas and Nazis, I say go for it! And they do, in Elves, a movie about a demonic elf that is awakened and becomes part of a neo-Nazi scheme to finish the job Hitler started. It is revealed, however, that Hitler's goal was actually to rid the world of all but a race of half human/half elf hybrids. So obviously it's extremely close to the truth and you should really watch for the accurate history lesson.

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8. 'Santa's Slay' (2005)

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Santa's fed up with having to deliver presents for all those years, so he goes on a murder rampage. You can't blame him, really. Turns out, Santa's actually the spawn of Satan and he was defeated by an angel in a curling match, so he was sentenced to deliver presents for 1000 years. The movie starts when the 1000 years are up. If over-the-top horror-comedy is your game, Santa's Slay is your punny name.

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9. 'Jack Frost' (1997)

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Don't confuse this Jack Frost with the other Jack Frost. One stars Michael Keaton as a rocker dad who dies tragically and comes back to life as a snowman to hang out with his son. It may surprise you, but it's the other Jack Frost that's a horror movie. In that one, a truck carrying a serial killer crashes into a genetics truck resulting in, obviously, a mutant serial killer snowman. 

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10. 'Silent Night' (2012)

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There are so many Santa Clauses running around during the Christmas season. What if a serial killer dressed as Santa comes out at Christmastime to commit his murders while parading around town in plain sight? Silent Night answers that question. And you'll never look at that mall Santa the same way again.

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11. 'Santa Claws' (1996)

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It doesn't get more B-movie than Santa Claws. In fact, it's about a famous B-movie actress who gets stalked by an obsessed fan. He dresses up as Santa and kills her costar with a "claw," I assume in an attempt to justify the movie's title. And let me tell you, it works!

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12. 'Sint' (2010)

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Sint is a Dutch retelling of their Santa story, Sinterklaas. In this story, Sinterklaas is a ghost who appears with his gang whenever Christmas lands on a full moon to murder innocent people. Sounds cheery, right?!

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13. 'Don't Open Till Christmas' (1984)

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Someone is going around town murdering people dressed like Santa Claus in this British horror film. Seems like the obvious answer would be to tell people to stop dressing like Santa Claus? Just spitballin' here. 

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14. 'The Children' (2008)

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A family get-together turns violent when the kids in the family start getting sick. The sickness then turns the children into cold-blooded murderous crazies and they start offing the adults one by one. This is the perfect Christmas movie because what are the holidays about if not family?

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15. HONORABLE MENTION: 'Dead Snow' (2009)

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Okay, technically Dead Snow is an Easter movie but we'll make an exception because there's snow. And Nazi zombies. It's a Norwegian film about a group of friends who vacation in a cabin on their Easter break and end up having to fight Nazi zombies for their lives. It's badass. Merry Christmas.

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