Christmas horror movies are out to prove that Christmas isn’t all about cheer and warm fuzzy feelings. Instead of Hallmark movies set in cute small towns, spend your holidays with Krampus, deadly Santa Clauses, zombies, and even some murderous children.
Christmas Horror Movies
1. Better Watch Out (2016)
Better Watch Out takes place on a quiet suburban street where a babysitter has to defend the 12-year-old boy she’s watching from intruders. She soon finds out it’s far from a normal home invasion though. We’re going to bet she didn’t get paid enough for this.
2. Gremlins (1984)
A man finds the perfect special gift for his son from a shopkeeper in Chinatown. Although hesitant, the shopkeeper sells him the “mogwai” and warns him to never expose him to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight.
When all three wind up happening, the gremlins wreak havoc on the town on Christmas Eve.
3. The Advent Calendar (2020)
Eva, a paraplegic, is gifted an unusual advent calendar from her friend Sophie. The quirky gifts are scary and get worse with each one.
4. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
During this Christmas musical, a zombie apocalypse threatens this sleepy town, forcing Anna and her friends to fight the undead.
5. Black Christmas (1974)
During winter break, a group of sorority sisters begins to receive anonymous phone calls. When one goes missing and a local girl is murdered, the girls start to suspect there is a serial killer on the loose.
6. Silent Night (2021)
A couple invites their friends to join their family for Christmas dinner, but something isn’t quite right.
7. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
After being warned by his grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty, Billy witnesses his parents getting killed by Santa.
8. Black Christmas (2019)
A remake of the 1974 film, Black Christmas follows a group of sorority sisters as someone starts to leave a bloody trail throughout campus.
9. Violent Night (2022)
This new movie coming out this year stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Santa Claus. When a team of mercenaries breaks into a compound on Christmas Eve and takes everyone hostage, they didn’t account for Santa being on the grounds.
10. Red Snow (2021)
11. Krampus (2015)
When a dysfunctional family’s fighting causes the youngest to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of Krampus. The family must band together to save one another.
12. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
A small town is suddenly plagued by malevolent spirits, zombie elves, and Krampus, and not even Santa is safe.
13. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Rare Exports is a Finnish fantasy film that follows a young boy and his friend who believe Santa’s tomb has been uncovered nearby. All while reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing.
14. The Children (2008)
Two families go on a weekend trip together. But one of the children becomes sick and then all of the children start to exhibit strange behavior. And it may be too late to keep them from being brutal, psychotic killers.
15. Wind Chill (2007)
Two college classmates are sharing a car ride home for the holidays when they’re stranded on the side of the road. That’s when they are confronted by a horde of menacing apparitions.
16. P2 (2007)
After working late on Christmas Eve, Angela finds her car won’t start and the creepy garage security guard just gets creepier and creepier.
17. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
18. The Lodge (2019)
During a family trip to a remote cabin, the father must leave for work unexpectedly and leave his children in the care of his new girlfriend. A blizzard traps them inside and terrifying events start to occur.
19. Dead End (2003)
En route to a Christmas Eve party, a family takes a shortcut down a wooded road and an eerie sequence of events starts happening.
20. Jack Frost (1997)
When the truck carrying notorious serial killer Jack Frost has an accident, he’s transformed into a mutant snowman.
21. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
In this sequel, adult Ricky talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a murderer after his brother, Billy, died.