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5 Holiday Horror Classics (That You Might not Want to Watch with Your Family)

The holiday season evokes warm fuzzy feelings, family values, and goodwill towards men.  If you agree with that statement, then I highly encourage you to catch Kara’s blog post from last year titled “10 BEST HOLIDAY MOVIES TO WATCH WITH YOUR FAMILY.


For some of us though. the holidays can bring out the darker side of humanity, and ‘cheer’ is the last adjective used to describe the season.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a holiday misanthrope or you’re up for an evening of frightful delight, here’s the Holiday Horror movie list to keep you entertained.


The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Starting off with a very mild movie for the horror genre.  Tim Burton’s 1993 classic ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ is a delightful tale of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween, who unexpectedly falls in love with Christmas and decides to make the holiday his own.  Tim Burton’s macabre imagination touches every corner of this film while still staying mostly appropriate for the young’uns.


Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins is great to rewatch (I say ‘rewatch’ because I assume everyone has seen it).  The classic story of an innocent gift turned ugly monster.  Fun fact – Despite being a christmas movie, it was actually released during the summer to compete with Paramount’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Columbia’s Ghostbusters.  That’s some tough competition.


The Gingerdead Man (2005)

This holiday treat falls into the category of “so bad it’s good”.  The 2005 cult-classic (available on Hulu) stars Gary Bussey as a vengeful killer reincarnated in gingerbread form.  It doesn’t have the notoriety of other campy classics (Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” or Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room”), but in my opinion “The Gingerdead Man” ranks right up there.  For full enjoyment of the camp-tastic movie, watch with liberal amounts of your favorite strong drink.


Rare Exports (2010)

The Finnish holiday figure of “Joulupukki” (literally translated as “Christmas goat“) is essentially mischievous Christmas devil. When a team of miners excavate the frozen body of this foreign version of Santa, it comes back to bite them in the butt, and it’s up to the young child Pietari to save the day.


Krampus (2015)

A comedy/horror film that explores what happens when your christmas wish comes true, and then all goes wrong.  Krampus is an actual character from Germanic folklore – a bit of an anti-Santa with giant horns that punishes those kids who have been naughty all year.  The movie taps into in the same vein as Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare’ by blending gleeful horror and holiday cheer.


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