When you think of Christmas movies, you usually imagine happy movies filled with love, joy, family, and tender moments.
What you probably don’t think of is murder, gore, terror, and suspense. But there are quite a few quality horror movies with Christmas deep in their themes. There are killer snowmen, Santas, and all kinds of other sinister winter-themed baddies in these, the best Christmas horror movies of all time.
7. Christmas Evil
We have to kick this list off with an old-school Christmas horror movie in the form of Christmas Evil. It’s a pretty straight-forward movie—a troubled man goes on a killing spree thanks to a dramatic childhood event. But don’t let that turn you off, because there’s plenty of anti-Christmas cheer packed in. If you’re a fan of older slashers like Halloween and Friday the 13th, you need to give Christmas Evil a watch.
6. Black Christmas (1974)
Here’s another oldie-but-goodie. This one comes to us all the way from 1974, though it was actually remade in 2019. However, that remake ended up being a tremendous disappointment compared to the original. The movie kicks off with ominous phone calls and ends up living up to its tagline of “It’s beginning to look a lot like…bloodshed!” Sometimes it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane and watch an old-school slasher, which is exactly what you’ll find here.
5. Anna and The Apocalypse
While there’s no shortage of Christmas horror out there, there aren’t a lot of is zombie Christmas movies. 2017’s Anna and The Apocalypse fixes that problem with a pretty decent zombie movie that just so happens to be full of Christmas themes. The movie features zombified snowmen, Santas, elves and Christmas shoppers, and the titular Anna needs to fight them all in order to survive.
4. Santa’s Slay
This movie posits the question of what if Santa was actually a demon? The demon is forced to be Santa when he loses a bet with an angel, but once the bet is off, it’s fair game for the demon. Chaos ensues from there, leading to a dark horror movie that’s packed with all the violence and gore you could ever want.
3. Jack Frost
Jack Frost is the very definition of a B movie. But that’s not a bad thing. The low-budget nature of the movie and the overacting by just about every character creates a Christmas horror movie that’ll leave you both mortified and laughing hysterically at the ridiculousness of what is taking place on your screen. Don’t let the beginning of the trailer fool you into thinking this is a movie with a budget, because it seems like most of the budget went into those few scenes. Just watch this movie, I promise you won’t regret it.
A young boy accidentally summons a Christmas demon after his family ruins Christmas with their fighting. As far as the horror elements are concerned, this might be the least scary on the list, but it’s also one of the better movies on the list, so it walks a tight line. It’s rated PG-13, so it can’t push the violence too far, but it does manage to squeeze a little blood and gore in with the creepiness that’s spread throughout the film.
Gremlins actually manages to blend horror, Christmas movie, and comedy into one amazing package. It has some over-the-top violence that’ll have your stomach turning while you’re laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. There’s a reason Gremlins is talked about among the horror-comedy classics, and that’s because it’s a damn good movie.
Slay On, Saint Nick!
It’s time to get your Christmas spirit flowing in a whole different way. Move over Hallmark movies and happy Christmas films. Instead of some boring mistletoe, how about we give you an ax and a machete?
If you love Christmas and horror movies, have yourself a little Christmas horror marathon and get in the spirit!