Top 5 Christmas Horror Movies for the Holidays


Top 5 Christmas Horror Movies for the Holidays


It’s never too early to get in the mood for Christmas horror movies! It is fantastic to know how far we have come from this oddity. What felt like a taboo move, to have gore and guts during the holiday season, is now unique and popular to even general audiences.

This warming up to Christmas horror movies for the last decade has only grown! From most recent to oldest, here are 5 Christmas horror movies to check out near an open fire. 

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

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Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Starting the countdown is Anna and the Apocalypse, with a concept that is unique and bizarre. Described as a musical zombie Christmas horror movie mash-up, there’s music, dancing, and lots of blood.

Think of it as Scott Pilgrim meets Shaun of the Dead. In the town of Haven, Anna and her friends must dance and sing their way through hordes of the undead. Yet, the sweet Christmas and musical whimsy bring humor, blood, and drama that makes the zombie trend feel fresh again!

Directed by John McPhail, the movie had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2017 in Austin, Texas. Garnering positive reviews from critics, the film was picked up for North and Latin American theatrical distribution by Orion Pictures.

The company distributed the film in limited release in the U.S. on Nov. 30 and will make a nationwide expansion on December 7. (You can see where it’s playing near you via a link on their website, so check it out.) This will hopefully give everyone the chance to check out this unique and catchy film. It will warm the soul and fill your bloodlust for zombies!

Krampus (2015)

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Krampus (2015)

A major theatrical release, Krampus told the tale of everyone’s favorite half-goat demon that comes to punish unruly kids. This film was directed by Michael Dougherty, the mind behind the memorable cult Halloween movie, Trick ‘r Treat. Dougherty goes for a more single narrative experience about a whole family who must survive the punishment Krampus has brought to them.

From demonic toys to killer gingerbread men, the silly but unsettling practical and CGI effects are handled well. Although the story is a far more basic set-up as opposed to the more surreal plots from Trick ‘r Treat, the whole cast did a great job in creating that sense of fear.


In short, it’s one of the more fun, scary Christmas movies out there. And it’s certainly the top when compared to the shovelware Krampus movies that would come out every year after. 

Silent Night (2012)

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Silent Night (2012)

Of course, with any list of scary Christmas movies, there’s always gonna be a killer Santa Claus movie out there! In this case, 2012’s Silent Night is considered the 6th entry of the Silent Night, Deadly Night franchise. 

As far as a slasher film goes, the practical effects, gore, and direction work well to create the terror of a mask-wearing mall Santa. Even the cannon fodder characters that become St. Nick’s victims have some charm. Jaime King and Malcolm McDowell chew the scenery and make downtime between murders pretty entertaining! 

Some of the more creative kills included using Christmas lights to make an electric chair and getting in the holiday spirit with a flamethrower. 

One aspect of the film that is actually more interesting to note is how much of the plot was inspired by the Covina massacre. On Dec. 4, 2008, a man in a Santa suit entered his former in-laws’ home during a Christmas party and opened fire on the partygoers using firearms and a homemade flamethrower.

Despite the disturbing ideas for some of the film, Silent Night is a serviceable slasher flick that deserves a spot as one of the more entertaining Christmas horror movies of recent years. 

Jack Frost: The Killer Snowman (1997)

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Jack Frost: The Killer Snowman (1997)

Getting into the more classic schlock of scary Christmas movies, it’s a killer Frosty movie! Not to be confused with Michael Keaton’s family classic, Jack Frost: The Killer Snowman is definitely not for kids.

As a smart-mouthed snowman born out of a serial killer, genetic research chemicals and Christmas bad-luck, Jack Frost causes mayhem and death in the quiet backwater town of Snowmonton.

Wanting revenge on the sheriff who put him away, Jack Frost has some of the cheesiest and most hilarious kills that are like adult Looney Tune scenes come to life.

With hammy performances and snow puns to last the whole winter, it’s hard not to smile when Jack Frost makes the holidays even more stressful for the poor townspeople. 

Its notoriety and schlock made it a cult-classic of Christmas horror movies and even got a sequel that takes Jack Frost to a tropical island (seriously). Nothing but laughs and containing a disturbing bathtub scene, Jack Frost: The Killer Snowman has it all for the holidays!

Gremlins (1984)

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Gremlins (1984)

Of course, when people think a great action movie that takes place during Christmas, they think of Die Hard. However, when people think a great monster movie that takes place during Christmas, they think of Gremlins!

Written by the director of Home Alone, Chris Columbus, the classic tale of a boy and his Mogwai was a great film. It used puppetry, practical effects, inventive sets, and sophisticated direction to make the most revered monster classic out there.

The Gremlins have been solidified in popular culture; just recently, they made a hilarious appearance in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3.


What has made this a memorable film for the children of the ’80s was how its gore and explicit violence nabbed it a PG rating; it actually was one of the movies that would later influence the PG-13 rating that is seen today!

Whether it was the exploding head in the microwave or someone talking about how her father died dressed as Santa, the movie is lightning in a bottle that probably could never be replicated, which is why the sequel remains controversial for fans.

But as far as most Christmas horror movies go, Gremlins remains a holiday classic that will continue to scare and entertain children every holiday season! 

So what are some scary Christmas movies that you watch every holiday? Sound off in the comments below! And I hope everyone checks at least one of these movies out while waiting for Santa Claus to knock on their door!

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