Must-See Massive Christmas-Themed Horror Movies List

Must-See Massive Christmas-Themed Horror Movies List

Horror fans trade in Saint Nick aka Santa Claus for Krampus the Christmas demon. This list of Christmas-themed horror movies to watch includes many movies that may have been on your todo list for a while now. Some films included here will trigger some new Netflix/VOD binge watch sessions which we also encourage. Have fun and enjoy this list and if we forgot a film that should be added, please tell us.

Best Movies

  1. Krampus poster

    Krampus (2015)

    Synopsis: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.
    Cast: David Koechner, Seth Green, Ivy George, Toni Collette, Conchata Ferrell, Adam Scott, Stefania LaVie Owen, Alexander Polinsky, Stefania Owen, David W. Collins
    Directors: Michael Dougherty
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

    Our Score: 10/10   IMDB Score: 6.2/10
    Read the Krampus Review

  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas poster

    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    AKA(s): Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D
    Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.
    Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, David Randolph, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens, Judi M. Durand, David McCharen
    Directors: Henry Selick
    Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Family, Musical

    Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 8.0/10
    Read the The Nightmare Before Christmas Review

  3. A Christmas Horror Story poster

    A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

    AKA(s): A Holiday Horror Story
    Synopsis: Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.
    Cast: Julian Richings, Adrian Holmes, Shannon Kook, George Buza, Damir Andrei, William Shatner, Joe Silvaggio, Michelle Nolden, Dan Belley, Alan C. Peterson
    Directors: Brett Sullivan, Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery

    Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 5.7/10
    Read the A Christmas Horror Story Review

  4. Child's Play poster

    Child's Play (1988)

    AKA(s): Blood Brother, Blood Buddy
    Synopsis: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
    Cast: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Ed Gale, John Franklin, Alex Vincent, Neil Giuntoli, Leila Lee Olsen, Edan Gross, Robert Minkoff, Alan Wilder
    Directors: Tom Holland
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

    Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.5/10
    Read the Child's Play Review

  5. Gremlins poster

    Gremlins (1984)

    Synopsis: A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
    Cast: Frank Welker, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Zach Galligan, Nicky Katt, Peter Cullen, Bob Bergen, Mark Dodson, Michael Winslow, Kenneth Tobey
    Directors: Joe Dante
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

    Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 7.2/10
    Read the Gremlins Review

  6. Good Tidings poster

    Good Tidings (2016)

    Synopsis: A homeless war-veteran with a chequered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted by three vicious psychopaths wearing Santa suits on Christmas Day.
    Cast: Alex Williams, Garry McMahon, Liam W. Ashcroft, Giovanni Gentile, Andrew Oyeneyin, Julia Walsh, Claire Crossland, Steve Sears, Emma Hind, Marcella Hazell
    Directors: Stuart W. Bedford
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

    Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 3.9/10
    Read the Good Tidings Review

  7. Jack Frost poster

    Jack Frost (1997)

    Synopsis: A serial killer dies, comes back as a snowman, and wreacks havoc.
    Cast: Rob LaBelle, Shannon Elizabeth, Kurt Bryant, Brian Leckner, Paul Keith, Richard Whiten, Marsha Clark, Kelly Jean Peters, Charles C. Stevenson Jr., Harley Zumbrum
    Directors: Michael Cooney
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

    Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.5/10
    Read the Jack Frost Review

  8. Black Christmas poster

    Black Christmas (2006)

    AKA(s): Black X-Mas
    Synopsis: An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.
    Cast: Michael Adamthwaite, Crystal Lowe, Ron Selmour, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Pearl, Jerry Wasserman, Karin Konoval, Kristen Cloke, Jill Teed, Christian Sloan
    Directors: Glen Morgan
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

    Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.5/10
    Read the Black Christmas Review

  9. Krampus: The Reckoning poster

    Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

    AKA(s): The Hunted
    Synopsis: Zoe, a strange child, has a not so imaginary friend Krampus, who is the dark companion of St. Nicholas.
    Cast: Tim Sauer, Trevor Robins, Alexandria Stevens, Rene Barraza Jr., Amelia Haberman, Todd Anthony Cruz, Travis Amery, James Ray, Lenore Markstein, Sean G P Anderson
    Directors: Robert Conway
    Genres: Horror

    Our Score: 2/10   IMDB Score: 2.3/10
    Read the Krampus: The Reckoning Review

Pending Review

  1. Red Christmas (2016)

    Synopsis: A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.
    Cast: Dee Wallace, Deelia Meriel, Bjorn Stewart, Gerard Odwyer, Anthony Jensen, Sam Campbell, Robert Anderson, David Collins, Janis McGavin, Geoff Morrell
    Directors: Craig Anderson
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  2. All Through the House (2015)

    Synopsis: A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town's most feared and notorious home.
    Cast: Jennifer Wenger, Jason Rayer, Johanna Rae, Cathy Garrett, Matt Poeschl, Danica Riner, Kelsey Carlstedt, Justice Lee, Sarah Miller, Lyndon Laveaux
    Directors: Todd Nunes
    Genres: Horror
  3. Dismembering Christmas (2015)

    Synopsis: At a vacation winter lake house, seven high school seniors are attacked by a madman out for revenge.
    Cast: Jennifer Lenius, Marla Van Lanen, Johnathon Krautkramer, Austin Bosley, Shannon McInnis, Scott Seagren, Kevin Sommerfield, Danielle Doetsch, Baker Chase Powell, Leah Wiseman
    Directors: Austin Bosley
    Genres: Horror
  4. Secret Santa (2015)

    Synopsis: Secret Santa is a feature length film that tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period...
    Cast: Annette Wozniak, Nicole Kawalez, Tony Nash, Matthew Chisholm, Mat Chism, Alexandra Simpson, Andre Becker, John Nicol, Brooke Zavitz, Astrida Auza
    Directors: Mike McMurran
    Genres: Horror
  5. Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)

    Synopsis: Jeremy, a local police officer leads a life of a confusing past, spending his current time searching for his kidnapper as a child...
    Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Annette Lawless, Matthew Siman, Heather Travis, Richard Goteri, Benny Weaver, Jay Dobyns, Brad Weaver, Paul Ferm, Andrew Ferrick
    Directors: Jason Hull
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Action
  6. O'Hellige Jul! (2013)

    AKA(s): Christmas Cruelty!
    Synopsis: We follow a serial killer and his victims as they all prepare for Christmas in their own ways. This year it doesn't matter if you have been naughty or nice, Santa is coming to town no matter what, and he knows where you live.
    Cast: Vidar Klemetsen, Jan Rune Ødegård, Karl Arne Frantzen, Morten Schulze, Nina-Shanett Arntsen, Mira Bergum, Siw Brastad, Lisa-Maria Lervik, Are Grimstad, Daniel Sivertsen
    Directors: Magne Steinsvoll, Per-Ingvar Tomren
    Genres: Horror
  7. A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

    Synopsis: United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp...
    Cast: Paul Jones, Kelsy Noble, Matt Heilig, Amanda Zerull, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Allan Nichols, Andrew Benson, Talon Beeson, Alana Carroll, Yosh Hayashi
    Directors: Joe Zerull
    Genres: Horror, Comedy
  8. Rare Exports (2010)

    Synopsis: In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
    Cast: Chaton Anderson, Per Christian Ellefsen, Alf Roald Pedersen, Ilmari Järvenpää, Nikolaj Alsterdal, Peeter Jakobi, Knut Osa Greger, Jonathan Hutchings, Kjell Tore Nordli, Stein-Erik Olsen
    Directors: Jalmari Helander
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
  9. Sint (2010)

    AKA(s): Saint, Saint Nick
    Synopsis: A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.
    Cast: Bob Stoop, Huub Stapel, Kuno Bakker, Job Raaijmakers, Escha Tanihatu, Steye van Dam, Rutger le Poole, Jim Deddes, Frederik Brom, Dennis Luyf
    Directors: Dick Maas
    Genres: Horror
  10. The Children (2008)

    Synopsis: A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.
    Cast: Brittani Cox, Stephen Campbell Moore, Hannah Tointon, Jeremy Sheffield, Rafiella Brooks, Jake Hathaway, William Howes, Eva Sayer, Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle
    Directors: Tom Shankland
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  11. P2 (2007)

    Synopsis: A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.
    Cast: Wes Bentley, Rachel Nichols, Philip Akin, Stephanie Moore, Philip Williams, Simon Reynolds, Grace Lynn Kung, Arnold Pinnock, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Bathsheba Garnett
    Directors: Franck Khalfoun
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Crime
  12. Santa's Slay (2005)

    Synopsis: Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. But when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.
    Cast: Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Douglas Smith, Rebecca Gayheart, Chris Kattan, Fran Drescher, Michael David Simms, Annie Sorell, Emma Duncan, David MacInnis, James Caan
    Directors: David Steiman
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
  13. One Hell of a Christmas (2002)

    AKA(s): The Claw
    Synopsis: "One Hell of a Christmas" is a dark and action packed comedy that takes place in a modern city as well as in a fearful underworld...
    Cast: Erik Holmey, Thure Lindhardt, Maiken Gravlund, Rickie Thorsberg, Claus P. Jensen, Lasse Skou Lindstad, Salah El Koussa, David Bateson, Jaber Dahlawan, Puk Damsgaard Andersen
    Directors: Shaky González
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Action, Mystery, Comedy, Crime
  14. Santa Claws (1996)

    Synopsis: A B-horror movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan bent on claiming her for himself.
    Cast: Debbie Rochon, Robert V. Michelucci, Jack Smith, John A. Russo, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, S. William Hinzman, Grant Cramer, Diana Michelucci, Bobby Michelucci
    Directors: John A. Russo
    Genres: Horror
  15. Elves (1989)

    Synopsis: A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil N*zi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves...
    Cast: Borah Silver, Ken Carpenter, Christopher Graham, Michael Herst, D.L. Walker, Kamey Pignotti, Dan Haggerty, Sarah Serby, Julie Austin, Kenneth Graham
    Directors: Jeffrey Mandel
    Genres: Horror
  16. Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

    Synopsis: Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.
    Cast: Ricky Kennedy, Caroline Munro, Adrian Black, Nicholas Donnelly, Derek Ford, Mark Jones, John Aston, Alan Lake, Maria Eldridge, Belinda Mayne
    Directors: Edmund Purdom
    Genres: Horror, Mystery
  17. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

    AKA(s): Slayride
    Synopsis: After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.
    Cast: Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin, Leo Geter, Jayne Luke, Nancy Borgenicht, Oscar Rowland, Eric Hart, Alex Burton, John Bishop, Don Shanks
    Directors: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  18. To All a Goodnight (1980)

    Synopsis: A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.
    Cast: Jane Osborn, Jennifer Runyon, Bill Martin, Donald Kinn, Linda Gentile, Vivienne Kove, Linda Mersman, William Lauer, Alain Clenet, Edwin Avedissian
    Directors: David Hess
    Genres: Horror, Mystery
  19. You Better Watch Out (1980)

    AKA(s): Christmas Evil, Christmas Evil, Christmas Evil: Original Director's Cut
    Synopsis: A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.
    Cast: Mark Margolis, Robert Lesser, Jeffrey DeMunn, Rutanya Alda, Bill Raymond, Chris Browning, David Hughes, Patricia Richardson, Mark Chamberlin, Peter Friedman
    Directors: Lewis Jackson
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  20. Black Christmas (1974)

    AKA(s): Silent Night, Evil Night, Stranger in the House
    Synopsis: During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.
    Cast: Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Leslie Carlson, Doug McGrath, Olivia Hussey, Andrea Martin, Keir Dullea, David Clement, Lynne Griffin, Art Hindle
    Directors: Bob Clark
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  21. Home for the Holidays (1972)

    Synopsis: An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.
    Cast: Sally Field, Julie Harris, John Fink, Jill Haworth, Eleanor Parker, Med Flory, Jessica Walter, Walter Brennan
    Directors: John Llewellyn Moxey
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  22. Night of the Dark Full Moon (1972)

    AKA(s): Death House, Deathouse, Silent Night, Bloody Night, Zora
    Synopsis: A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.
    Cast: Mary Woronov, Alex Stevens, John Carradine, Philip Bruns, Patrick O'Neal, Jack Smith, Michael Pendry, James Patterson, Barbara Sand, Astrid Heeren
    Directors: Theodore Gershuny
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

This list has been narrowed to include films within the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller genres.

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