Sure, we all know Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, and, to some extent, gift giving and Santa Claus, but, what you didn’t know is that Christmas is also about fine cinematic horror choices. Horror on Christmas? Absolutely. Some of the genre’s finest films take place on this – our most beloved of holidays. And, this is the List Universe after all – we love to horrify, frighten, revolt, and shock you! Here are the list of the top 5 christmas movies to scare your family with – and in no particular order.
This movie should come as no surprise, since it is one of the many low budget masterpieces that came out of the 1970’s. Black Christmas 1974, featured a promising group of young actresses including Lois Lane herself Margot Kidder. The film’s premise centers on a group of college girls who are trapped in their sorority house during Christmas break. A killer makes himself comfortable in their attic, makes obscene phone calls, and begins to kill them all one by one. If that wasn’t enough, in the midst of that there’s an underlying abortion story brewing. Yes, there was a remake however we won’t talk about that abortion of everything that made the original good. There’s just nothing like a good old fashions psycho knocking off sorority girls . . . not to mention Margot Kidder.
Don’t Open Till Christmas
A murderer is running loose through the streets of London, hunting down men dressed as Santa and killing them all in different, extremely violent, and quite colorful fashions. Inspector Harris has decided to take on the seemingly impossible task of tracking down the psychopath, but he’s going to have his work cut out for him. Only the suspicious reporter, Giles, seems to offer the Inspector any promising leads.
This is one of those films that will get you in some serious trouble if you don’t research it first. This is Jack Frost from 1996, not to be confused with the 1998 family film starring Michael Keaton. This version is a B horror movie, that centers on a killer snowman who terrorizes a small town during Christmas. He even manages to rape and murder a young and unsuspecting Shannon Elizabeth in a bathtub. Simple plot outline and an even simpler film.
This is probably the cutest horror ever. It has everything from cute, fluffy Gizmo, a toy store, snow, Christmas, and gremlins! Definitely a must see film every holiday season!A lot of people don’t consider Gremlins to be a straight up horror movie because of the lovey, dovey relationship between Gizmo and Zach Galligan’s character, Billy. Sorry, but this film is found in the horror/comedy section of your local video store, deal with it. The movie centers on a young man’s pet Mogwai, and the three rules he must follow while it’s in his care. It can’t be exposed to water, bright lights, or have food after midnight. Do you think he followed those directions to the letter? No! We all quickly learned that gremlins don’t die, they multiply and kill in the process.
Maybe this is not the most horror Christmas movie from this list, but Bad Santa is exactly the most ‘lovely’ horror Christmas movie from it. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton as a conman who only works once a year, and that’s during the holiday season. He and his dwarf partner pose as Santa Clause and an elf at local department stores, but they don’t do it out of the goodness of their hearts. They plan on manipulating their positions to rob the joints. Bad Santa isn’t a family film, so keep it away from the little ones and the elderly. Their sensitive souls might not be able to take Thornton’s foul mouth and questionable behavior.
So, what is your favourite horror Christmas movie? We fully understand that this list is incomplete, and if you know a movie that scare your family with, so let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear your opinion!