holiday horror


Fall is my favorite, but there's no denying the magic of cooler weather, longer nights, and Christmastime. Although it's full of all kinds of wonderful festivities, the most wonderful time of the year has always had it's dark side. And if you're like me, you can only handle so many shopping sprees, sugar cookies and caroling neighbors before you start to lose it. 

If you do a little research, you'll find that there are TON of Christmas themed horror movies. Most of them are quite ridiculous. There's nothing wrong with a "good" B movie, and many of those films have amassed a cult following, but I've done my best to keep it serious here (as I almost always do). 

So as we celebrate the season, I hope you'll find the time to snuggle up under the covers, unplug from the world, and enjoy something spooky. Merry Christmas.

 

Gremlins

Rated: PG • Category: Classic • Audience: Everyone
I think Gremlins is the best movie to kick off the Christmas season. It's probably the most well known movie on this list, and can be enjoyed by pretty much the whole family. Directed by Joe Dante, it's the perfect combo of dark and fun. It's a bonkers classic that could have only happened in the 80s. I like to watch this one on Thanksgiving evening, with a cup of cocoa, right after we've finished putting up the tree.

Favorite Scene: Kate tells Billy why she hates Christmas. 

 

Black Christmas

Rated: R • Category: Classic • Audience: Horror Fans
Black Christmas
is an absolute gem. It predates more popular films like Halloween, making it a trailblazer in the slasher subgenre. I was first introduced to Black Christmas just a couple years ago, and I fell in love with it immediately. The plot plays off a familiar old urban legend, but the genuine characters and unconventional ending make it a must-see for the Holiday season. 

Favorite Scene: The police leave and the phone begins to ring...

 

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rated: R • Category: Foreign • Audience: Quirky
There is something special about foreign horror films. Don't get me wrong, I love American horror, but there's often a bit of extra magic in the tales of far away lands. Rare Exports takes place in the snowy mountains of Norway, and centers around a young boy and his quest to unravel the mystery surrounding a mythical troll creature who also happens to be the real Santa Claus. I don't know about you, but that sounds like Christmas magic to me.

 

Krampus

Rated: PG-13 • Category: Horror Comedy • Audience: Everyone
If you're looking for a something fun but don't feel like watching Christmas Vacation for the hundredth time, you should definitely give Krampus a chance. It is a scary movie (especially the first half), but once Krampus and his minions show up, it drops the serious tone and becomes delightfully goofy. It's a movie about family and faith in the Christmas spirit, but it's also not afraid to go dark and give us a bit of a bleak ending. If you like Gremlins, you definitely need to add Krampus to your list.

Favorite Scene: Krampus on the rooftops OR the Gingerbread massacre.