4 horror-themed Christmas movies to watch this holiday season
Some people believe that Christmas and horror don’t belong together, but there are four unique films that when combined, make Creepmas possible. So, if you’re on the haunt for the ultimate movie list this season, slay bells and all, why not satisfy your fix to have some holiday cheer and spooktacular jump-scares?
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Can you believe that this classic movie has been on the holiday must-watch list for almost four decades? Following the story of a traumatized young boy who witnesses his parents murdered by a man disguised as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, the plot commences with his subsequent upbringing in an abusive Catholic orphanage. Becoming the very thing he feared most, Billy flashes back to his traumatic childhood moment and sets off on a killing spree that would even make Michael Myers a little jealous.
This timeless story about a Christmas present gone wrong is still as popular as it was in the ‘80s, perfectly combining an element of horror with holiday cheer and loveable monsters. The plot sequence follows a father’s journey to find a last-minute holiday present, unaware of its malevolent tendencies, he gifts it to his son, who unleashes a horde of mischievous, miniature, green monsters that tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. This American comedy horror film has also spawned into an annual holiday tradition, with a variety of horror collectibles commemorating its success!
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
As the only movie to successfully bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas, this time-honored, stand-alone classic is a favorite among horror fans and Yuletide fans alike. After being sucked into Christmastown, Jack Skellington becomes fascinated and inflated by what he finds behind the festive holiday door and attempts to mimic Christmas, horror style. Upon realizing the error of his ways, he overcomes his identity crisis and reaffirms himself as the Pumpkin King!
Commonly thought of as the anti-christ of Christmas, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who is often represented as a half-goat, half-demon. During the holiday season, this devilish entity takes it upon himself to punish those who have misbehaved (coal is the least of your worries). The plot of the flick centers around a family who convenes for the holidays, but end up fighting, prompting the young protagonist to lose his enthusiasm for the festive season. Unwittingly, he summons the Yuletide monster who comes to chastise the non-believers. What a great way to celebrate a pandemic Christmas!
Are you already a huge fan of the film in question? Grab a few Krampus horror collectibles and add them to your ever-growing holiday mementos.
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