16 Holiday Horror Films You Need To See This Christmas

December 17, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com



Holiday horror films have become one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I have compiled a list of 15 of the best holiday horror films you need to see this Christmas.



Black Christmas (1974)

A sorority house falls victim to a stranger during Christmas break.




The Gingerdead Man (2005)

The soul of a killer possesses a Gingerbread Man. The cookie reaks havoc on the girl who sent him to the chair. The film has three sequels.



Black Christmas (2006)

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, only to discover that it’s now a sorority house.




Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

In the Konvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest guarded secrets of Christmas.




The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This film is a must see for every fan of Halloween.




Elves (1989)

A young woman uncovers that she is the focus of an evil Nazi experiment, involving elves.




Jack Frost (1997)

A serial killer dies and comes back as a killer snowman, with a twisted sense of humor.




Santa’s Slay (2005)

Santa, is actually a demon who lost a bet with an angel, as a result he’s had to deliver toys and come off as jolly old Saint Nick. Now, the bet is off and Santa shows his true colors. It’s up to two teens to save the day.




Gremlins (1984)

Do you even have to ask why this movie made the list?




Silent Night Zombie Night (2009)

A week before Christmas a zombie outbreak hits LA. Now Officer Talbot, his wife and his partner are trapped together.




Silent Night (2012)

The police are searching for a killer Santa is picking off people in a remote Midwestern town.




Krampus (2015)

This twisted holiday tale follows a kid named Max, played by Emjay Anthony (Insurgent). The young man has turned his back on Christmas during the holiday, as his family’s dysfunction reaches an all time high. Krampus, an ancient deity who punishes bad children on Christmas, is the exact opposite of lovable Saint Nick. Krampus is unleashed and the bickering family must find a way to work to together if they want to survive. Krampus opens in theaters on December 4th.




A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

In this Christmas themed horror anthology, a radio host, played by William Shatner, narrates the film in which a young boy summons Krampus, a nasty fellow, who punishes naughty children. In the next segment a couple notices that their son is behaving strangely after visiting the woods looking for the perfect Christmas tree. Next students filming a documentary have their worst nightmares come true. Lastly a family is stalked through the woods by Krampus. A Christmas Horror Story is now out on DVD.



The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington decides to try his hand at playing Santa.



To All A Good Night (1980)

A group of teens at a party find themselves stalked by a killer in a Santa costume.




Good Tidings (2016)

A homeless war veteran with a checkered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted on Christmas Day by three vicious psychopaths is Santa suits.



Krampus Unleashed (2016)

Some things are better left buried. In pursuit of a lost treasure, a group of fortune hunters mistakenly unearth an ancient demonic summoning stone that holds a terrible curse and awakens a timeless evil, the Krampus. After centuries of slumber, Krampus, the Christmas Devil, has awoken with a thirst that only blood will quench. He knows if you’ve been naughty!



Secret Santa (2016)

Secret Santa tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. A liquor-filled Christmas party is planned to ease the stress. They plan to toast the end of the semester with a Secret Santa-exchange. Little do they know, a killer is in town and has a special present for all the girls and boys.  Will they dare to open their presents?



Several of these titles are available on Hulu and Netflix. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from our families to yours.


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