Slashing Through The Snow: The Christmas Horror Movies

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Charles Dickens introduced horror into the holidays in his 1843 book “A Christmas Carol” with his main character Scrooge getting visited by ghosts.  There have been many retellings of this classic story in movies and TV specials. The first Christmas slasher film looks to be an obscure title Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), about a man who inherits a home that was a former asylum for the criminally insane and visits the home on Christmas Eve.  In 1974, Warner Brothers Pictures released the film Black Christmas featuring a homicidal maniac terrorizing a sorority house, playing on the classic babysitter and man upstairs theme.  A third version of this film is being released on December 13th.  It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the Christmas horror films started to be churned out with regularity, creating notable film series all hoping to be the next Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.


To infuse horror into Christmas takes a sense of humor and many of the films have laughable plots and over-the-top gore.  Nothing like little Johnny being chased by an axe-wielding Santa or a killer snowman covered in blood to be the antidote for sustaining hours of listening to the same 20 Christmas songs being played at every store.  For those who want to take a deep dive into all the scary Christmas movies, here is a list for your enjoyment:


1972  Silent Night, Bloody Night

1974  Black Christmas

1980  To All A Good Night

1980  Christmas Evil

1984  Don’t Open Until Christmas

1984  Gremlins

1984  Silent Night, Deadly Night

1987  Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

1989  Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!

1990  Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

1991  Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker

1996  Santa Claws

1997   Jack Frost

2000  Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman

2001  The Christmas Season Massacre

2003  Dead End

2003  Shredder

2005  The Gingerdead Man

2005  Santa’s Slay

2006  Black Christmas

2007  Wind Chill

2007  Inside

2008  The Children

2008  Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust

2009  Deadly Little Christmas

2009  Silent Night, Zombie Night

2011  Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver

2012  Silent Night

2013  Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong

2013  Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming

2015  Christmas Slay

2015  A Christmas Horror Story

2015  Krampus

2015  Krampus: The Reckoning

2016  Krampus Unleashed

2017  Mercy Christmas

2017  Anna and the Apocalypse

2018  Krampus: Origins

2019  Black Christmas