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The Best Christmas Horror Movies That Will Sleigh You

Updated December 9, 2020 1.6k votes 143 voters 1.9k 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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  • 1
    Toni Collette, Adam Scott
    89
    25

    Released2015

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Krampus is a 2015 American dark fantasy comedy horror film based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, written and directed by Michael Dougherty. Three days before Christmas, the...  more
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    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin
    78
    22

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman and...  more
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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman
    68
    38

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then...  more
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    Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley
    50
    21

    Released1984

    Directed byCharles Sellier

    Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film produced by Ira R Barmak, written by Michael Hickey, directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. and starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin,...  more
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    William Shatner, Zoé De Grand Maison
    40
    12

    Released2015

    Directed byGrant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

    A Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 anthology horror film directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan. Dangerous Dan (William Shatner) is an alcoholic radio DJ stuck pulling a long...  more
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  • 6
    James Caan, Fran Drescher
    38
    15

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Steiman

    Santa's Slay is a 2005 Canadian-American Christmas slasher comedy film that stars professional wrestler Bill Goldberg as Santa Claus. The film was written and directed by David Steiman, a former...  more
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  • 7
    Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming
    32
    11

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn McPhail

    Anna and the Apocalypse is a 2017 British Christmas zombie musical film directed by John McPhail. When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven at Christmas, teenager Anna (Ella...  more
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  • 8
    Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller
    30
    13

    Released2016

    Directed byChris Peckover

    Better Watch Out is a 2016 American comedy horror movie directed by Chris Peckover. Babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break...  more
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  • 9
    Jeffrey DeMunn, Mark Margolis
    30
    18

    Released1980

    Directed byLewis Jackson

    Christmas Evil is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Lewis Jackson and starring Brandon Maggart. It is considered an obscure film but has gained a cult following which includes film director John...  more
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  • 10
    Amber Smith, Lin Shaye
    26
    14

    Released2003

    Directed byJean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

    This film is a 2003 French horror film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. Although this film only had a budget of $900,000 it made a total of $77 million from DVD sales....  more
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  • 11
    Tara Buckman, Elizabeth Kaitan
    30
    21

    Released1987

    Directed byLee Harry

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 slasher film written and directed by Lee Harry, and co-written by Joseph H. Earle. It is the sequel to 1984's Silent Night, Deadly Night, and was followed...  more
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  • 12
    Shannon Elizabeth, Rob LaBelle
    30
    22

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Cooney

    Jack Frost is an American horror comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and released in 1997. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where a truck carrying serial...  more
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  • 13
    Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen
    25
    16

    Released2010

    Directed byJalmari Helander

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish horror-fantasy-thriller film directed by Jalmari Helander and based on the 2003 short film, Rare Exports Inc., by Jalmari Helander and Juuso Helander....  more
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  • 14
    John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal
    21
    11

    Released1972

    Directed byTheodore Gershuny

    Silent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and co-produced by Lloyd Kaufman. The film stars Patrick O'Neal and cult actress Mary Woronov in leading roles,...  more
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  • 15
    Emily Blunt, Chelan Simmons
    13
    1

    Released2007

    Directed byGregory Jacobs

    Wind Chill is a 2007 horror film starring Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes. The movie was directed by Gregory Jacobs, who previously directed the well-received movie Criminal. The film was produced by...  more
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  • 16
    Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell
    23
    17

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven C. Miller

    Silent Night is a 2012 horror film directed by Steven C. Miller. It is a very loose remake of Charles E. Sellier's 1984 film Silent Night, Deadly Night and is also loosely based on the real life...  more
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  • 17
    Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite
    18
    12

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Ian McKendry, Rebekah McKendry

    All the Creatures Were Stirring is a 2018 American horror film directed by David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry. When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater,...  more
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  • 18
    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara
    14
    9

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson....  more
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  • 19
    Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley
    14
    9

    Released2007

    Directed byFranck Khalfoun

    P2 is a 2007 American/Canadian horror thriller film directed by Franck Khalfoun, written and produced by Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur and starring Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley. The...  more
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  • 20
    Jeremy Sheffield, Hannah Tointon
    16
    14

    Released2008

    Directed byTom Shankland, Manik

    The Children is a 2008 British horror film directed by Tom Shankland and starring Eva Birthistle and Hannah Tointon....  more
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  • 21
    Jan Doense, Caro Lenssen
    15
    12

    Released2010

    Directed byDick Maas

    Saint is a 2010 horror film written and directed by Dick Maas....  more
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  • 22
    Caroline Munro, Kevin Lloyd
    14
    12

    Released1984

    Directed byEdmund Purdom

    Don't Open Till Christmas is a 1984 horror film directed by Edmund Purdom, and written by Derek Ford and Alan Birkinshaw....  more
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    Chris Sullivan, Jocelin Donahue
    17
    17

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Lobo

    I Trapped the Devil is a 2019 American horror film directed by Josh Lobo. Matt (AJ Bowen) and Karen (Susan Burke) arrive unannounced to their estranged brother Steve's (Scott Poythress) to find that...  more
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  • 25
    Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell
    6
    3

    Released2020

    Directed byVeronika Franz, Severin Fiala

    The Lodge is a 2020 American-British horror film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) must spend time in an isolated winter cabin with their...  more
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