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, Toni Collette, Ivy George, Luke Hawker, Conchata Ferrell, Adam Scott, Stefania LaVie Owen, Alexander Polinsky, Stefania Owen
    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 his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.
    Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Catherine O'Hara, Judi M. Durand, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, David Randolph, Joe Ranft, Danny Elfman
    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, Michelle Nolden, Damir Andrei, William Shatner, Joe Silvaggio, Eric Woolfe, Dan Belley
    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, Roslyn Alexander, Neil Giuntoli, Leila Lee Olsen, Edan Gross, 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, Kenneth Tobey, Mark Dodson, Michael Winslow
    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, Debbey Clitheroe, Colin Murtagh, Wensday Pain, Stu Jopia, Amanda Robertshaw, Jonny Hirst, Mark Crellin, Alan Mulhall, Garry McMahon
    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, Brian Leckner, Kurt Bryant, Marsha Clark, Kelly Jean Peters, Charles C. Stevenson Jr., Paul Keith, Richard Whiten, Jack Lindine
    Directors: Michael Cooney
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

    Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.6/10
    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, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ron Selmour, Jerry Wasserman, Karin Konoval, Aaron Pearl, Jill Teed, Kristen Cloke, Christian Sloan
    Directors: Glen Morgan
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

    Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.6/10
    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: Trevor Robins, Alexandria Stevens, Tim Sauer, Kevin Tye, Santiago Craig, Charles Karp, Luke Olney, Liz Manning, Diana Brest, Brenna Smith
    Directors: Robert Conway
    Genres: Horror

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

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, Hjalmar Iselvmo, Tommi Korpela, Steinar Tunes, Onni Tommila, Torgeir Fosberg, Jorma Tommila, Tor Kvammen, Rauno Juvonen, Hans Prestbakmo
    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: Eline Aasheim, Irene Anita Holsether, Lars Harald Frostad, Helene Kristin Wiik, Ann Kristin Berg, Magnus Rishaug, Tormod Lien, Torgeir Marvin Utgård, Sven Are Ellingsæter, Kristian Moi
    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, Don Shanks, Judith Roberts, Jayne Luke, Nancy Borgenicht, Oscar Rowland, Eric Hart, Alex Burton
    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: Kees Boot, Cynthia Abma, Pieter Van der Sman, Pim Kops, Jan Doense, Madelief Blanken, Jan-Willem van Baalen, Maartje Linnenkamp, Egbert Jan Weeber, Peter Bolhuis
    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, Chris Kattan, Fran Drescher, 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, Harvey Cohen, Leroy Lessane, Hetty MacLise, Bob Darchi
    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, Sam Gray, Patricia Richardson, Mark Chamberlin
    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, Noah Boylen, Ashley Mary Nunes, John Nunes, Melynda Kiring, Sky Boylen, Natalie Montera, Jason Ray Schumacher, Lito Velasco
    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, Sara Anderson, Rusty K. Koll, Brent Sheridan, Rick E. Davis, Jill Kimble, Lisa Kahn, Lacey Jacobs, Chris Saito, Melissa Morrissey
    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, Harry Reems, Ann Tucker, Jennifer Howard, Judy Hess, Virginia Quiria, Carrie Cobb, Justin Zachary
    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, Wilfred Corlett, Sid Wragg, Laurence Harrington, Max Roman, Edmund Purdom, George Pierce
    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, Chris Hamner, Denise Strong, James Albert, Don Dowling, Douglas K. Grimm
    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, John Kalmar, Tolo Montana, Jennifer Lynn Keef, Maja Muhlack, Zlatko Buric, Niels Rask, Pat Kelman, Louise Lind Rasmussen
    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, Lisa Delien, Sue Ellen White
    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, Mike Merrell, Michael Mili, Miki Mili, Brian Patterson, Jared Sidun, Angelina Leigh, Jeremy Sidun, Erica Soto
    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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