Who doesn’t love Christmas! The aroma of gingerbread in the air, opening presents on Christmas morning, spending time with loved ones, awe-inspiring decorations, blood-soaked snow…Oh yes, I love me some Christmas horror movies. I love Christmas, I love horror, so what isn’t to love about Christmas themed horror flicks?! Formula: take the holiday magic and gleeful cheer such a joyous holiday brings, and drench it in buckets of sticky red gore. Result: Silly, stupid holiday fun. These films will make you think twice about letting old Saint Nick just waltz into your house while you’re asleep…
Director: Jason Eisner
Eisner’s work fits with B-Movie Troma type films, focusing on gut churning gore and violence. He directed his first real feature this year, bringing fake trailer Hobo With A Shotgun to life. I wasn’t a huge fan (check the review), but Eisner’s short film Treevenge is a must see Xmas horror treat for all. In a world where people degrade and torment trees for holiday enjoyment, the trees fight back after witnessing the horrifying atrocities people committed involving their fallen brethren. I mean, in a mere 16 minutes Eisner brings relentless amounts of sick, twisted gore and horror elements some full-length features don’t even address. Terrible over-acting, the grainy camera feel, tons of tree on people attacks…Eisner captures the low-budget fun Hobo so sadly lacked. Just wait till about minute 10:40 and get ready to challenge everything you thought you could handle. Watch full the short embedded!
Santa’s Slay (2005)
Director: David Steiman
Bill Goldberg plays a murderous demon Santa who was only the jolly present delivery man because he lost a bet to an angel. Well, the bets off, and so is Santa. The opening scene when we’re introduced to Santa is a riot, as he offs numerous known actors. Add this one to your Christmas horror marathon for sure.
Jack Frost (1997)
Director: Michael Cooney
So if you see a talking snowman named Jack Frost, you’ve got a 50/50 shot he’s just Michael Keaton trying to reach his family. If it isn’t, then it’s this pissed off snowman possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Jack Frost falls into the category of so bad it’s good, but is not for the audience who can’t appreciate such terrible films. If you can’t get enough Jack though, check him out as he terrorizes a tropical island in Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman!
The Gingerdead Man (2005)
Director: Charles Band
Gary Busey is a murderer sentenced to death who is reincarnated in the form of a gingerbread man. If you aren’t sold already, then I don’t want to hear it. Well, no, again, this is a horrible movie for all intents and purposes. But if you’re in the right mindset, The Gingerdead Man can be a hilarious watch. Catch the delicious killer in his two sequels Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust and Gingerdead Man: Saturday Night Cleaver!
For this list I stuck close to the more mindless fun flicks, but there are tons of other Christmas horrors out there. I haven’t had a chance to check out Rare Exports (scientists uncover a frozen evil Santa and accidentally release him), but from what I hear it’s a must see Christmas horror addition, so I’ll give it the bump as well. Sure, I love traditional Christmas films like Elf and The Grinch as well, so don’t take this list the wrong way. But, next time you curl up by the fire with a cup of cocoa for some Christmas movie viewing, don’t count the horror genre out, there are loads of lesser known options! The perfect Christmas gift for horror hounds just like me…