20 Holiday Horror Films That Will Fill You With Cheer And Fear

December 16, 2017

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]


 
 
Holiday horror films have become one of our favorite Christmas traditions and we’ve gathered a list of films to keep you entertained this holiday season. Enjoy!
 
 
Black Christmas (1974)
A sorority house falls victim to a stranger during Christmas break.
 

 
 
 
Black Christmas (2006 Remake)
An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, only to discover that it’s now a sorority house.
 

 
 
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.
 


 
 
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, Tim Burton, horror or just great films.
 

 
 
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, in this film, 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, all bets are 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 who 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 together if they want to survive.
 

 
 
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.
 

 
 
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.
 

 
 
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?
 

 
 
Red Christmas (2016)
Red Christmas follows “Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day.  Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind.  Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light.”
 

 
 
Mercy Christmas (2017)
This indie holiday-horror film centers on the ultimate nice invited to his co-worker’s family Christmas dinner only to find out that he’s the main course.
 

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

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