Must-See Massive Christmas-Themed Horror Movies List

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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.

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

Pending Review

  1. 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, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Olivia Hussey, Leslie Carlson, Andrea Martin, Keir Dullea, David Clement, Lynne Griffin
    Directors: Bob Clark
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  2. 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, Jessica Walter, Walter Brennan, Jill Haworth, Eleanor Parker, Med Flory
    Directors: John Llewellyn Moxey
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  3. 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, Steinar Skogstad, Tommy Svendsen, Nils Nymo, Hjalmar Iselvmo, Tommi Korpela, Steinar Tunes, Onni Tommila, Torgeir Fosberg, Jorma Tommila
    Directors: Jalmari Helander
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
  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, Astrida Auza, Geoff Almond, Keegan Chambers, Brent Baird, Nicole Kawalez, Tony Nash, Matthew Chisholm, Mat Chism, Alexandra Simpson
    Directors: Mike McMurran
    Genres: Horror
  5. 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: Raymond Løvik, Olav Kåre Torjuul, Stian Hovde, Cai-Thomas Gommesen, Ann-Karin Stokkeland, Ida Elise Edvardsen, Ole Petter Tomren Ness, Mats Nerli, Svein Erik Ødegård, Janne Iren Holseter
    Directors: Magne Steinsvoll, Per-Ingvar Tomren
    Genres: Horror
  6. 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, David Collins, Janis McGavin, Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, Deelia Meriel, Bjorn Stewart, Gerard Odwyer, Anthony Jensen, Sam Campbell
    Directors: Craig Anderson
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  7. 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, Rachel Shelley, Eva Birthistle, Jeremy Sheffield, Rafiella Brooks, Jake Hathaway, William Howes, Eva Sayer
    Directors: Tom Shankland
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  8. 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 Williams, Simon Reynolds, Grace Lynn Kung, Philip Akin, Stephanie Moore, Arnold Pinnock, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Bathsheba Garnett
    Directors: Franck Khalfoun
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Crime
  9. 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, John Bishop, Don Shanks, Judith Roberts, Jayne Luke, Nancy Borgenicht, Oscar Rowland, Eric Hart
    Directors: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  10. 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: Barbara Sarafian, Fred Goessens, Hylke van Sprundel, Niels van den Berg, René van Asten, Sofieke de Kater, Kees Boot, Cynthia Abma, Pieter Van der Sman, Pim Kops
    Directors: Dick Maas
    Genres: Horror
  11. 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, Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, David MacInnis, James Caan, Emilie de Ravin, Michael David Simms, Annie Sorell
    Directors: David Steiman
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
  12. 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, John Carradine, Philip Bruns, Patrick O'Neal, Jack Smith, Alex Stevens, Lewis Love, Cleo Young, Candy Darling, Kristen Steen
    Directors: Theodore Gershuny
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  13. 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, Jeffrey DeMunn, Robert Lesser, Rutanya Alda, Chris Browning, Bill Raymond, David Hughes, Raymond J. Barry, Sam Gray, Patricia Richardson
    Directors: Lewis Jackson
    Genres: Horror, Thriller
  14. 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: Jessica Cameron, Jennifer Wenger, Lyndon Laveaux, Milijana Riner, Noah Boylen, Ashley Mary Nunes, John Nunes, Melynda Kiring, Sky Boylen, Natalie Montera
    Directors: Todd Nunes
    Genres: Horror
  15. A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

    Synopsis: United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp...
    Cast: Paul Jones, Sarah Garvey, Adam Orton, Jessica Merritt, Grant Legan, Bob Zerull, Daniel D.P. Sheridan, Denise Hollmer, Bonnie Asay, Rusty K. Koll
    Directors: Joe Zerull
    Genres: Horror, Comedy
  16. 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, Jeff Butts, Toby Sternlieb, Jay Rasumny, Mary Wagner, Harry Reems, Ann Tucker, Jennifer Howard
    Directors: David Hess
    Genres: Horror, Mystery
  17. 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, Danielle Doetsch, Baker Chase Powell, Leah Wiseman, Nina Kova, Marla Van Lanen, Johnathon Krautkramer, Austin Bosley, Shannon McInnis, Scott Seagren
    Directors: Austin Bosley
    Genres: Horror
  18. 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: Caroline Munro, Adrian Black, Nicholas Donnelly, Ricky Kennedy, Ken Halliwell, Ray Marioni, Wilfred Corlett, Sid Wragg, Laurence Harrington, Max Roman
    Directors: Edmund Purdom
    Genres: Horror, Mystery
  19. 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: Ken Carpenter, Christopher Graham, Michael Herst, D.L. Walker, Borah Silver, Paul Rohrer, Laura Reinsch, Michael Tatlock, Marie Bishop, Chris Hamner
    Directors: Jeffrey Mandel
    Genres: Horror
  20. 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, Flemming Heigren, Jakob Holm, John Kalmar, Tolo Montana, Jennifer Lynn Keef, Maja Muhlack, Zlatko Buric, Niels Rask
    Directors: Shaky González
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Action, Mystery, Comedy, Crime
  21. Santa Claws (1996)

    Synopsis: A B-horror movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan bent on claiming her for himself.
    Cast: Debbie Rochon, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, S. William Hinzman, Grant Cramer, Robert V. Michelucci, Jack Smith, John A. Russo, Ed Lewandowski, Amanda Madison
    Directors: John A. Russo
    Genres: Horror
  22. 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, A.J. Leslie, John Marazza, Mike Merrell, Michael Mili, Miki Mili, Brian Patterson, Jared Sidun, Angelina Leigh
    Directors: Jason Hull
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Action

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

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