‘Tis the season to be scared! As the winter nights grow longer and colder, there’s no better way to embrace the chill than with a spine-tingling horror movie marathon. Forget the cozy holiday classics for a moment and dive into the eerie world of Christmas horror movies. Here’s a curated list of must-watch films to make your December nights delightfully dark. 

Black Christmas (1974)

For a classic slasher film with a holiday twist, “Black Christmas” is a must-watch. This Canadian cult classic predates the slasher genre boom and revolves around a sorority house terrorized by an unseen killer during the Christmas season. 

Gremlins (1984)

Though often remembered for its comedic elements, “Gremlins” is a Christmas horror movie that seamlessly weaves humor with horror. When a young man receives an unusual pet called Mogwai, chaos ensues as the cute creatures transform into mischievous  monsters, turning Christmas into a nightmare. 

Krampus (2015)

Kick off your Christmas horror movie marathon with the tale of Krampus, the malevolent anti-Santa Claus who punishes the naughty. This dark fantasy horror film combines holiday cheer with supernatural frights, creating a perfect blend for a winter night of thrills. 

Set the mood

To set the mood for your horror movie marathon, consider dimming the lights and adding some festive decorations to enhance the eerie atmosphere. The contrast between the holiday season and the horror unfolding onscreen is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Whether you’re the ultimate horror movie aficionado or just looking for a unique way to celebrate the season, a Christmas horror movie marathon offers a refreshing break from the typical holiday fare. So, gather your bravest friends, prepare some popcorn, and brace yourself for a chilling December night filled with scares and screams. After all, what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a touch of fear and a dash of Christmas horror movie magic?

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December 22, 2023 — Alex Wilks