Slash the Halls with 10 Holiday Horror Movies

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Holiday Horror Movies

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.

Cold SkinCold Skin - Holiday Horror Movies

Director: Xavier Gens
Writer: Jesús Olmo, Eron Sheean, and Albert Sánchez Piñol (novel)
Stars: Ray StevensonDavid OakesAura Garrido

“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.”

Watch the movie here.

Black Christmas (2006)Holiday Horror Movies

Director: Glen Morgan
Writer: Glen Morgan (screenplay), Roy Moore
Stars: Michelle TrachtenbergMary Elizabeth WinsteadLacey Chabert

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.”

Watch the movie here.

The LodgeThe Lodge - Holiday Horror Movies

Director: Severin FialaVeronika Franz
Writer: Severin FialaVeronika Franz, and Sergio Casci
Stars: Riley KeoughJaeden MartellLia McHugh

“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.

The ThingThe Thing - Holiday Horror Movies

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
Stars: Kurt RussellWilford BrimleyKeith David

“A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.”

Watch the movie here.

InsideInside - Holiday Horror Movies

Director: Alexandre BustilloJulien Maury
Writer: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
Stars: Alysson ParadisJean-Baptiste TabourinClaude Lulé

“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.”

Watch the movie here.

The Wolf of Snow HollowThe Wolf of Snow Hollow

Director: Jim Cummings
Writer: Jim Cummings
Stars: Jim CummingsRiki LindhomeRobert Forster

“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.”

Watch the movie here.

The Children

Director: Tom Shankland
Writer: Paul Andrew Williams (story), Tom Shankland
Stars: Eva BirthistleStephen Campbell MooreJeremy Sheffield

“A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.”

Watch the movie here.

A Creepshow Holiday SpecialA Creepshow Holiday Special

Director: Greg Nicotero
Writer: Greg Nicotero
Stars: Anna CampAdam PallyPete Burris

“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.”

Watch the movie here.

Scare MeFanny (Aya Cash) and Fred (Josh Ruben) meet by an icy lake. - Scare Me - Holiday Horror Movies

Director: Josh Ruben
Writer: Josh Ruben
Stars: Josh Ruben, Aya CashChris Redd

“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.”

Watch the movie here.

Wind ChillWind Chill

Director: Gregory Jacobs
Writer: Joe Gangemi (as Joseph Gangemi), Steven Katz
Stars: Emily BluntAshton HolmesMartin Donovan

“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.”

Watch the movie here.


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.