Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Christmas is a great holiday, but it doesn’t require the cessation of all things horror. If you enjoy giving gifts and drinking eggnog but still want to watch people get mercilessly slaughtered, here are a few movies to get you in the spirit.
Black Christmas (1974)
This cult hit was one of the first modern slasher movies. It follows a group of sorority sisters who are staying on campus over Christmas break and become the targets of a serial killer whose identity is never revealed. The movie was remade in 2006.
In this violent French import, recently widowed Sarah is set to deliver a baby on Christmas morning. But on Christmas Eve night, a strange woman breaks into her house with the intent of stealing her baby. And you thought spending the holiday with your in-laws was bad.
It’s Christmas Eve, but Angela isn’t exactly in the holiday spirit. She is busy working late at the office and may or may not make it to her sister’s in time for Christmas dinner. As she leaves the parking garage of her building, she is stalked and subsequently kidnapped by a creepy security guard. Looks like Angela may not make it to Christmas at all.
Santa’s Slay (2005)
Forget the image of Santa as a kindly old elf who delivers presents on Christmas Eve. In horror comedy Santa’s Slay, he is a dangerous demon in disguise who loses a bet with a demon and returns to his true killer nature. Wrestler Bill Goldberg and former Lost actress Emilie de Ravin star.
When young Max (Emjay Anthony) sends a letter to Santa asking for his family to get along, it gets intercepted by an Krampus, a demonic figure who comes not to give, but to destroy. Now the whole family must learn to get along before Krampus destroys them all. Can this dysfunctional clan put aside their differences and make it to Christmas?
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Apparently it’s difficult to make Santa scary. Silent Night, Deadly Night is yet another killer Santa movie that became a cult hit in the 80’s and featured an orphaned teen going on a vengeful murder spree dressed as the not-so-kindly old elf.
What are your favorite Christmas horror movies?