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.

  1. 1). The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Official Synopsis: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas…

    Tagline: Tim Burton's classic returns in 3-D so real, it's scary.

    Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Catherine O'Hara, Judi M. Durand, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, David Randolph, Joe Ranft,…

  2. 2). Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

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    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

    Official Synopsis: On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they…

    Tagline: This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus

    Cast: Chaton Anderson, Hjalmar Iselvmo, Sigmund Bøe, Steinar Tunes, Atle Kirkegård, Tommi Korpela, Torgeir Fosberg, Hans Lindgård, Onni Tommila, Tor Kvammen,…

  3. 3). Krampus (2015)

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    Krampus (2015)

    Official Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus:…

    Tagline: You don't want to be on his list.

    Cast: Seth Green, David Koechner, Mark Atkin, Hong Chin, Toni Collette, Ivy George, Byron Schepen, Luke Hawker, Conchata Ferrell, Adam Scott,…

  4. 4). Black Christmas (1974)

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    Black Christmas (1974)

    Official Synopsis: It's time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who…

    Tagline: Black Christmas will ROCK you too!

    Cast: Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Olivia Hussey, Leslie Carlson, Martha Gibson, Andrea Martin, Keir Dullea, David Clement,…

  5. 5). Gremlins (1984)

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    Gremlins (1984)

    Official Synopsis: Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No…

    Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

    Cast: Frank Welker, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Zach Galligan, Nicky Katt, Peter Cullen, Bob Bergen, Kenneth Tobey, Mark Dodson, Michael Winslow,…

  6. 6). Christmas Evil (1980)

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    Christmas Evil (1980)

    Official Synopsis: Widely recognized as the best of the Christmas horror efforts, Christmas Evil is the story of a boy who loves Christmas. He is scarred as a boy when he learns that Santa is not real.…

    Tagline: You'd better take care...Santa is coming to town!

    Cast: Mark Margolis, Rutanya Alda, Jeffrey DeMunn, Robert Lesser, Chris Browning, Bill Raymond, David Hughes, Sam Gray, Patricia Richardson, Mark Chamberlin,…

  7. 7). A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

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    A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

    Official Synopsis: High school students investigate a mysterious homicide that occurred the prior holiday season, a couple notices their young son is acting strangely after a snowy forest trip to cut down a traditional tree and one…

    Tagline: You Better Watch Out

    Cast: Julian Richings, Adrian Holmes, Shannon Kook, George Buza, Michelle Nolden, Damir Andrei, William Shatner, Joe Silvaggio, Olunike Adeliyi, Eric Woolfe,…

  8. 8). Child's Play (1988)

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    Child's Play (1988)

    Official Synopsis: When Charles Lee Ray needs to get a quick escape from cop Mike Norris, he takes his soul and buries it into playful, seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Little does he know a little boy…

    Tagline: No one believes the truth...or lives to tell it.

    Cast: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Ed Gale, Jeff Dlugolecki, John Franklin, Roslyn Alexander, Neil Giuntoli, Leila Lee Olsen, Edan…

  9. 9). Home for the Holidays (1972)

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    Home for the Holidays (1972)

    Official Synopsis: Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years, he who they blame for their mother's suicide. Their relationship stems from Benjamin having had…

    Tagline: There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!

    Cast: Sally Field, Julie Harris, John Fink, Jessica Walter, Walter Brennan, Jill Haworth, Eleanor Parker, Med Flory

  10. 10). Good Tidings (2016)

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    Good Tidings (2016)

    Official 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.

    Tagline: Christmas Can Be Killer

    Cast: Alex Williams, Debbey Clitheroe, Colin Murtagh, Wensday Pain, Stu Jopia, Amanda Robertshaw, Jonny Hirst, Mark Crellin, Alan Mulhall, Garry McMahon,…

  11. 11). Sint (2010)

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    Sint (2010)

    Official Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

    Cast: Kees Boot, Cynthia Abma, Pieter Van der Sman, Pim Kops, Jan Doense, Madelief Blanken, Jan-Willem van Baalen, Maartje Linnenkamp, Egbert…

  12. 12). The Children (2008)

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    The Children (2008)

    Official Synopsis: Elaine and Jonah and their teenage daughter and young son and daughter, come to spend New Year with her sister Chloe and husband Robbie and their two young children at their isolated country home. One…

    Tagline: You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out.

    Cast: Brittani Cox, Stephen Campbell Moore, Hannah Tointon, Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle, Jeremy Sheffield, Rafiella Brooks, Jake Hathaway, William Howes, Eva…

  13. 13). Christmas Cruelty! (2013)

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    Christmas Cruelty! (2013)

    Official Synopsis: "O'Hellige Jul!" follows both a serial killer as he plans for his next kills, and the next set of victims he has set his sights on. As the group of friends we get to know…

    Tagline: Advarsel! Inneholder ekstremt blodige og brutale scener

    Cast: Torgeir Marvin Utgård, Irene Anita Holsether, Bjørn-Andrè Arntsen, Lars Harald Frostad, Helene Kristin Wiik, Ann Kristin Berg, Magnus Rishaug, Eline…

  14. 14). Santa's Slay (2005)

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    Santa's Slay (2005)

    Official Synopsis: Bill Goldberg plays the devil's son who lost a wager with an angel and was forced to spend 1000 years playing Santa, but now the wager of that time has run out, and good old…

    Tagline: He's making a list... pray you're not on it.

    Cast: Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Douglas Smith, Rebecca Gayheart, Chris Kattan, Fran Drescher, David MacInnis, James Caan, Emilie de Ravin, Don Bland,…

  15. 15). A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

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    A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

    Official Synopsis: United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp, and the student security guard must fight to undo the professor's work. A dark force is at work in…

    Tagline: Never Leave a Mess Unclean!

    Cast: Paul Jones, Jessica Sheridan, Chris Steele, Rusty K. Koll, Brent Sheridan, Rick E. Davis, Jill Kimble, Sara Anderson, Lisa Kahn,…

  16. 16). To All a Goodnight (1980)

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    To All a Goodnight (1980)

    Official Synopsis: It's Christmas break at the Calvin Finishing School for Girls, and the students are planning a big party while the president of the school is away. A group of boys show up and the fun…

    Tagline: You'll scream till dawn!

    Cast: Jane Osborn, Jennifer Runyon, Bill Martin, Harry Reems, Ann Tucker, Jennifer Howard, Judy Hess, Virginia Quiria, Carrie Cobb, Justin Zachary,…

  17. 17). Night of the Dark Full Moon (1972)

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    Night of the Dark Full Moon (1972)

    Official Synopsis: Wilford Butler returns home on Christmas Eve and his house had been turned into a mental institution for the criminally insane. But the day of his return, he is set on fire and dies. The…

    Tagline: For one night in each century, the devil controls the heavens...and earth becomes an inferno of horrors!

    Cast: Mary Woronov, John Carradine, Philip Bruns, Patrick O'Neal, Jack Smith, Alex Stevens, Harvey Cohen, Leroy Lessane, Hetty MacLise, Bob Darchi,…

  18. 18). Red Christmas (2016)

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    Red Christmas (2016)

    Official Synopsis: It's Christmas in Australia as Diane, played by the Dee Wallace, brings together her estranged family for a chaotic holiday gathering. A 20 year old decision literally comes back to haunt her when the ghost…

    Tagline: This Christmas, the only thing under the tree is terror.

    Cast: Dee Wallace, Atlas Adams, David Collins, Janis McGavin, Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, Deelia Meriel, Bjorn Stewart, Gerard Odwyer, Anthony Jensen,…

  19. 19). All Through the House (2015)

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    All Through the House (2015)

    Official Synopsis: ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE is an 80s-style slasher film featuring a deranged Santa Slayer who rips through the town of Napa, California for some yuletide-terror. Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighborhood was engulfed by…

    Tagline: There is a CREATURE stirring...

    Cast: Jennifer Wenger, Jessica Cameron, Noah Boylen, Ashley Mary Nunes, John Nunes, Melynda Kiring, Sky Boylen, Natalie Montera, Jason Ray Schumacher,…

  20. 20). Dismembering Christmas (2015)

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    Dismembering Christmas (2015)

    Official Synopsis: At a vacation winter lake house, seven high school seniors are attacked by a madman out for revenge.

    Tagline: Deck the Halls...With Lots of Bodies!

    Cast: Jennifer Lenius, Danielle Doetsch, Baker Chase Powell, Leah Wiseman, Nina Kova, Marla Van Lanen, Johnathon Krautkramer, Austin Bosley, Shannon McInnis,…

  21. 21). Elves (1989)

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    Elves (1989)

    Official Synopsis: A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil N*zi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are…

    Tagline: They don't work for Santa anymore!

    Cast: Ken Carpenter, Christopher Graham, Michael Herst, D.L. Walker, Borah Silver, Chris Hamner, Denise Strong, James Albert, Don Dowling, Douglas K.…

  22. 22). Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

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    Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

    Official Synopsis: A murderer is running loose through the streets of London, hunting down men dressed as Santa and killing them all in different, and extremely violent, fashions. Inspector Harris has decided to take on the unenviable…

    Tagline: The Gift of Terror That Just Won't Wait

    Cast: Caroline Munro, Adrian Black, Keith Smith, Nicholas Donnelly, Ricky Kennedy, Kelly Baker, Dick Randall, Ray Marioni, Wilfred Corlett, Laurence Harrington,…

  23. 23). P2 (2007)

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    P2 (2007)

    Official Synopsis: A buxom businesswoman awakens to discover she's chained to a chair and held captive by a demented obsessed security guard in the parking garage of the office building where she works. Dazed and confused and…

    Tagline: A new level of fear.

    Cast: Wes Bentley, Rachel Nichols, Grace Lynn Kung, Philip Williams, Simon Reynolds, Philip Akin, Stephanie Moore, Arnold Pinnock, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee,…

  24. 24). Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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    Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

    Official Synopsis: After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young bit spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior when he turns into a teenager he…

    Tagline: You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas

    Cast: Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin, Leo Geter, Don Shanks, Judith Roberts, Jayne Luke, Nancy Borgenicht, Oscar Rowland, Eric Hart, Alex Burton,…

  25. 25). One Hell of a Christmas (2002)

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    One Hell of a Christmas (2002)

    Official 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. When Carlitos is released after doing 2 years of…

    Tagline: Better Watch Out , Better Not Die

    Cast: Erik Holmey, Thure Lindhardt, John Kalmar, Tolo Montana, Jennifer Lynn Keef, Maja Muhlack, Zlatko Buric, Niels Rask, Pat Kelman, Louise…

Good Movies Worth Mentioning

  1. 26). Black Christmas (2006)

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    Black Christmas (2006)

    Official Synopsis: In the 70's, the boy Billy is born with yellow skin due to a liver disease and his dysfunctional mother rejects him. Later he witnesses his mother and her lover killing his beloved father and…

    Tagline: This holiday season, the slay ride begins.

  2. 27). Santa Claws (1996)

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    Santa Claws (1996)

    Official Synopsis: A young man finds his divorced mother having sex with a man in a Santa Clause hat and shoots them both dead. Years later, now thinking he is Santa Clause, the man develops an obsession…

    Tagline: His Slay Bells are Ringing!

  3. 28). Jack Frost (1997)

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    Jack Frost (1997)

    Official Synopsis: Serial killer is genetically mutated in car wreck on the way to his execution. After which, he becomes a murdering snowman hell-bent on revenge for the sheriff who caught him.

    Tagline: He's chillin...and killin

  4. 29). Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)

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    Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)

    Official Synopsis: Jeremy, a local police officer leads a life of a confusing past, spending his current time searching for his kidnapper as a child. After other children begin missing, Jeremy pieces together the truth and realizes…

    Tagline: Are you on the naughty list?

  5. 30). Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

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    Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

    Official Synopsis: Zoe is a strange little girl with a not so imaginary friend, Krampus, who is the dark companion of kindly old St. Nicholas. Krampus has been unleashed upon a small town, and the legendary demon…

    Tagline: He knows you've been naughty.

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