Christmas Ho-Ho-Horror Flicks You'll Want to Rewatch This Holiday Season
November 14, 2017 By Cait Russell
You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry...
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He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake...which is why to the untrained eye, Santa might seem more like a horror movie villain than a benevolent omnipotent being that bestows gifts upon the good little boys and girls of the world each Christmas, so it's no wonder there are an absolute boatload of Christmas Horror Movie crossovers.
If you're a lover of all things horror, then you won't want to miss out on these creepy takes on holiday classics, Santa-filled slasher flicks, and other holiday horror movies - if horror is your thing, then you're sure to find them to be an absolute delight.
- Black Christmas (2006) - This Christmas horror flick is so good they made it twice! 2006's "Black Christmas", the iconic classic where group of sorority gals having a Christmas party in their sorority house realizes that the creepy caller is actually calling from (wait for it) - inside the house. This iconic horror flick is more of a horror movie that happens to take place during a Christmas party (hey, a Christmas party is as good of an excuse as any to round up a group of potential victims for a slasher flick), but it's still worth a watch if you're getting into the holiday spirit, and you love horror movies.
- Christmas Evil (1980) - So, as you might imagine, most horror movies made in the 1980s are an amusing watch - they're campy, over the top, and usually involve absolutely wild plots, ridiculous death scenes, and frankly, comedy gold that is hard to genuinely replicate. Christmas Evil definitely falls into that category of "Can't Miss 80s Horror Camp". The plot revolves around a young boy, Harry, who is so traumatized by seeing his mother kissed by Santa Claus (well, his dad dressed up as Santa), that he takes it upon himself to become "the one true Santa" as an adult - he dresses as Santa, he works in a toy factory, and he spies on kids in the neighborhood to see if they're being naughty or nice (because that's not totally creepy).
Is this Harry's true breaking point? Oh no. That comes when he realizes that everyone in his life as an adult thinks he is super weird for his Santa obsession (shocker), and that's when he goes onto a murderous rampage that also involves destroying toys on Christmas. This is an iconic campy horror flick, and despite being outright bizarre, it has an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) - Remember the 1997 slasher flick "Jack Frost", about the serial killer somehow transformed into a snowman on his way to his execution? No, not ringing any bells? Well, this is the sequel. The original movie has such a cult following (despite having a comically low rating of 7% on Rotten Tomatoes - or perhaps because it is so bad?), that studios greenlit a sequel. And boy, it's a doozey. After being terrorized by Jack Frost in the original movie, Sam, decides to head on a tropical vacation, far away from the snowy terror of Jack Frost.
Despite the fact that Sam neutralized Jack Frost in the first movie, and the snowman's "remains" being in FBI custody, well, Jack Frost is able to reanimate (or there wouldn't be a film, would there?), and since Sam murdered him, the two have a "psychic bond", so guess where Mr. Snowman heads once he's alive once more? To the tropical vacation destination where Sam is.
How does a snowman murder people on the beach? Well you're just going to need to watch the movie to find out.
- The Children (2008) - One Horror Movie trope that I personally love is that "if you want to make it creepier, just add small children!" and that is definitely something that "The Children" takes full advantage of. After bringing their families on a lovely December holiday, the children start behaving strangely, but the adults are in deep denial that their adorable tots are now psychotic killers due to some mysterious disease that only the children have contracted. This definitely falls into "psychological thriller", with the tagline "You Brought Them Into This World...Now, They're Going to Take You Out." Did I mention the children all have British accents?
- The Gingerdead Man (2005) - So, when a horror movie title also involves a bad pun, frankly, you know it's going to be good. Or, so bad its good. When the title character, a murderous Gingerbread Man that's possessed by the soul of a previously-executed murderer, is played by Gary Busey (yes, that Gary Busey), then you know you're in for a fun time. What I'd like to know, personally, is where did the Gingerdead Man get a tiny little gun from? I mean, he is standard Gingerbread Man size after all. This is definitely a hilarious holiday horror send up (though it's definitely intended for adults, like all of the movies on this list).
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