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The Best Christmas Horror Movies That Will Sleigh You

Updated December 9, 2020 1.2k votes 127 voters 1.7k views53 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror movies that take place on or near Christmas.

The best Christmas Horror movies capture the spirit of the holidays and then scare it right out of you. If you are looking for a fright around the holidays, look no further than the scary Christmas movies below. Be sure to check out every rendition of Black Christmas which was first made in 1974 with several remakes to follow. Krampus is another great Christmas horror movie that brings a lesser-known Austro-Bavarian folk tale to life only to terrorize a family looking to celebrate Christmas in peace. From Santa to Krampus, this list has the frightening films you are looking for when it comes to Xmas horror movies.

But which one of these Christmas horror movies is the best? You get to help decide with your votes! Vote up your favorite scary holiday movies and vote down any that didn't have you hiding under the tree.

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  • Krampus1
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    Krampus

    Toni Collette, Adam Scott

    Released2015

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Krampus is a 2015 American dark fantasy comedy horror film based on the eponymous character...  more
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  • Black Christmas2
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    Black Christmas

    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written...  more
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  • A Christmas Horror Story3
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    A Christmas Horror Story

    William Shatner, Zoé De Grand Maison

    Released2015

    Directed byGrant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

    A Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 anthology horror film directed by Grant Harvey, Steven...  more
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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night4
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    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley

    Released1984

    Directed byCharles Sellier

    Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film produced by Ira R Barmak, written...  more
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  • Gremlins5
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros....  more
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  • Santa's Slay6
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    Santa's Slay

    James Caan, Fran Drescher

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Steiman

    Santa's Slay is a 2005 Canadian-American Christmas slasher comedy film that stars professional...  more
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  • Better Watch Out7
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    Better Watch Out

    Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller

    Released2016

    Directed byChris Peckover

    Better Watch Out is a 2016 American comedy horror movie directed by Chris Peckover. Babysitter...  more
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  • Jack Frost8
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    Jack Frost

    Shannon Elizabeth, Rob LaBelle

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Cooney

    Jack Frost is an American horror comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and...  more
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  • Anna and the Apocalypse9
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    Anna and the Apocalypse

    Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn McPhail

    Anna and the Apocalypse is a 2017 British Christmas zombie musical film directed by John...  more
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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 210
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    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Tara Buckman, Elizabeth Kaitan

    Released1987

    Directed byLee Harry

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 slasher film written and directed by Lee Harry,...  more
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  • Dead End11
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    Dead End

    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye

    Released2003

    Directed byJean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

    This film is a 2003 French horror film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa....  more
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  • Christmas Evil12
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    Christmas Evil

    Jeffrey DeMunn, Mark Margolis

    Released1980

    Directed byLewis Jackson

    Christmas Evil is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Lewis Jackson and starring Brandon Maggart....  more
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  • Silent Night13
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    Silent Night

    Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven C. Miller

    Silent Night is a 2012 horror film directed by Steven C. Miller. It is a very loose remake of...  more
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  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale14
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    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen

    Released2010

    Directed byJalmari Helander

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish horror-fantasy-thriller film directed by...  more
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  • All the Creatures Were Stirring15
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    All the Creatures Were Stirring

    Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Ian McKendry, Rebekah McKendry

    All the Creatures Were Stirring is a 2018 American horror film directed by David Ian McKendry...  more
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  • Silent Night, Bloody Night16
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    Silent Night, Bloody Night

    John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal

    Released1972

    Directed byTheodore Gershuny

    Silent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and...  more
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  • Saint17
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    Saint

    Jan Doense, Caro Lenssen

    Released2010

    Directed byDick Maas

    Saint is a 2010 horror film written and directed by Dick Maas....  more
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  • The Children18
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    The Children

    Jeremy Sheffield, Hannah Tointon

    Released2008

    Directed byTom Shankland, Manik

    The Children is a 2008 British horror film directed by Tom Shankland and starring Eva...  more
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  • P219
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    P2

    Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley

    Released2007

    Directed byFranck Khalfoun

    P2 is a 2007 American/Canadian horror thriller film directed by Franck Khalfoun, written and...  more
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  • Treevenge20
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    Treevenge

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  • Black Christmas21
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    Black Christmas

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert

    Released2006

    Directed byGlen Morgan

    Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan...  more
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  • I Trapped the Devil22
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    I Trapped the Devil

    Chris Sullivan, Jocelin Donahue

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Lobo

    I Trapped the Devil is a 2019 American horror film directed by Josh Lobo. Matt (AJ Bowen) and...  more
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  • Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman23
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    Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman

    Ian Abercrombie, Christopher Allport

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Cooney

    Jack, the chiller killer is back and he's mad as hell! When a laboratory experiment goes...  more
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  • Don't Open till Christmas24
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    Don't Open till Christmas

    Caroline Munro, Kevin Lloyd

    Released1984

    Directed byEdmund Purdom

    Don't Open Till Christmas is a 1984 horror film directed by Edmund Purdom, and written by...  more
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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas25
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the...  more
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