The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun! And as you folks enjoyed my Top Halloween Picks, the Top Family Friendly Halloween Picks & the 31 Days of Horror film choices, I thought I'd put together the best horror films to get you in the Christmas spirit. Cos lets be honest is Christmas really Christmas without some gruesome deaths, killer snowmen, maniacal Santas, folklore monsters, terrifying pastries, deliciously evil toys and little green monsters running rampage over a small town? Well not for the Hooked On Horror household it isn't! And I'm sure it isn't for a lot of our fans and followers all over the world.
So sit back, pour yourself a glass of Baileys, relax and decide which of these horror films you'll be enjoying this festive season.
"Miniature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house."
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
"Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorises, Santa slays evil."
Black Christmas (1974)
"Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder star among an ill-fated houseful of sorority sisters celebrating the holiday season. Festivities turn fatal when obscene phone calls break the serenity and it becomes clear that a psychopath is stalking the house."
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
"A young boy watches his parents killed by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but his mind is further bent by an iron-handed Mother Superior. He finally gets a job at a local store, where he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage."
If I'm honest each film in the franchise is worth watching at least once. Of course the second gave us the now infamous "Garbage Day" memes. They're not like top Hollywood blockbusters or anything but they each have their moments.
"When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Meanwhile, this lack of festive spirit unleashes 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 one another if they hope to survive."
Santa's Slay (2005)
"Bill Goldberg plays Satan's son who lost a wager with an angel and was forced to spend 1000 years as Santa Claus, but now the wager of that time has run out. Good old Saint Nic isn't so jolly and joyful anymore. He makes up for lost time and returns to his old, evil ways."
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right.
Black Xmas (2006)
The holiday season turns deadly for a group of sorority sisters (Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Michelle Trachtenberg) who are stranded at their campus house during a snowstorm. These coeds better watch out, for a vicious killer is on the loose, and he will not care if they are naughty or nice.
Christmas Evil (1980)
A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.
Jack Frost (1997)
After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed
Better Watch Out (2016)
When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorise her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she's caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.
The Gingerdead Man (2005)
An evil yet adorable Gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer - this real life cookie monster wreaks havoc on the girl who sent the killer to the electric chair.
Silent Night (2012)
The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.
The Lodge (2020)
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - teenager Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive, with the undead horde all around them. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna has to fight her way through zombified snowmen, Santas, elves and Christmas shoppers to get across town to the high school, where they'll be safe. But they soon discover that being a teenager is just as difficult as staying alive, even at the end of the world.
So there you have it folks. Hope you enjoyed my list of Christmas Horrors. We'll have plenty more Christmas Horror related content coming to you throughout the festive season so stay tuned.
Stay safe out there and have a good one folks. Merry Christmas!