While the holiday season is known as a jovial occasion, those with black hearts still find ways to make it grim. After all, the darkest day of the year is only a few days before Christmas. Below is our killer guide to the best Christmas horror movies to watch if you’re not-so-jolly.

Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

Arguably one of the best Christmas horror movies of all time, Silent Night Deadly Night is an ‘80s psychological thriller where a young boy named Billy becomes a spectator to his parent’s murder. How is this genre classic a holiday favorite, you ask? Well, the foe in this film is Santa, severely living up to his hype by punishing those who’re extra naughty. Now 18, Billy ages out of the orphanage and decides to unleash his past by becoming killer Santa, himself.

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Gremlins (1984)

While this vintage movie is the reason for the PG-13 rating, if you’re a huge fan of horror, chances are your kids are too! Thus, Gremlins is the perfect family-friendly flick to watch leading up to the holidays. When a gadget salesman hunts for a last-minute gift in Chinatown, he is sold a “mogwai’ with a warning to never expose it to bright lights, water, or feed it after midnight. When the rules are broken on Christmas Eve, the new pet tears up the town along with his horde of mischievous minions.

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The Gingerbread Man (2005)

Who loves comedy slashers around the holidays? We certainly do! When a crazed killer meets the electric chair and his ashes (distinguished as baking seasoning) accidentally find their way into the baking mix, the result is a giant psychopathic gingerbread man. This recipe for disaster is unleashed in the bakery, alongside the girl responsible for having him executed in the first place. Will you take a cookie with a side of revenge?

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Krampus (2005)

For those who don’t know, Krampus is basically evil Santa—a half-goat, half-demon creature that instead of bringing coal to those that mishave around the holidays, he punishes them and drags them to the depths of hell. Based on European mythology, the film follows the dysfunctional Engel family with a young boy who has lost his festive spirit. After unleashing Krampus, the family must set aside their squabbles to save one another from a bloodcurdling fate.

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Which of the following films are on your go-to list in the days to come? Drop a comment below to share.


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