It’s another holiday season and while the traditional Hallmark Christmas movie may be on many people’s television, we know that some are looking for something a little more bloody this holiday season. While offered up our first round-up of holiday horror movies that have Christmas way more embedded in them like Krampus and Better Watch Out, we wanted to offer more holiday horrors and include some cold ones that really hit the nail on celebrating Christmas in the pandemic head.
While we have some more traditional picks for holiday horror movies like A Creepshow Holiday Special or Black Christmas we also have others that nail being stuck in a small space with no way out in the freezing cold. I mean, what sums up 2020’s holiday season better than being stuck in a house with people you may or may not trust? So while all of these may not be directly tied to the holidays or Christmas, they do fit the setting and more specifically 2020 itself.
“A young man arrives at a remote island to take a post of weather observer only to find himself defending the watchtower from deadly creatures which live in the island shores.”
Black Christmas (2006)
Okay, don’t close this tab just yet. This movie is bad, like really really bad. But it’s also a time capsule for the 2000s that perfectly captures the slashers of the time, the very bad fashion, and the need to make everything extra heinous. I just needed to add a note to before the synopsis to defend terrible horrible no good but also super fun movie.
“On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.”
“A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.”
Watch the movie here.
“A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.”
“Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.”
“Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there’s no such thing as werewolves.”
“A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.”
“An anxious man who is trying to figure out his disorder enlists into an organization called Shapeshifters Anonymous without realizing that Santa Clauses are after him.”
“During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in their Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear.”
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“Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.”
The night is cold and dark and filled with movies about being trapped in a house or Arctic research facility. While these may not be the cheeriest of holiday horror movies, they do capture the winter. So, do you have any holiday horror movies that you watch every year that didn’t make our list? Let us know on social media!
Synopses for the films on our Holiday Horror Movies list come directly from IMDb.com.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies focusing on how pop culture impacts society.