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All The Ghosts Of Christmas Yet To Come, Ranked By Scariness

Updated March 12, 2021 2.3k votes 320 voters 6.5k views14 items

List RulesVote up the holiday specters that scare you into embracing the true meaning of Christmas.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol has been a mainstay of the holiday season for generations. The heartwarming tale of an elderly miser learning the true meaning of Christmas is ingrained in everyone's minds, and for over a century, filmmakers have been adapting the tale for screens both big and small. 

One of the most pivotal figures of A Christmas Carol is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows Ebenezer Scrooge dark visions of what may come to pass - for both himself and those around him - if he refuses to give up his greedy ways. The ghost usually appears as a tall, skeletal figure in a flowing dark cloak. Rather than speaking to Scrooge like its Past and Present counterparts, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come gestures silently towards the unfolding action, allowing Scrooge to see firsthand the horrors his actions may bring.

Each Christmas Carol adaptation lends itself to a new and freshly terrifying version of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, but which is the most frightening of all? 

  • The Muppets' adaptation of Dickens's story pulls no punches with its Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come - the specter is tall, silent, long-limbed, and draped in an ominous shroud.

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  • In this '80s modernization starring Bill Murray, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is an enormous skeletal figure in a tattered, hooded robe. When Scrooge stand-in Frank Cross pulls the spirit's robe aside, he sees a ribcage trapping screaming, tormented creatures within.

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  • This made-for-TV A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart uses the classic cloaked-figure model for its Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, but it ups the ante with a pair of piercing yellow eyes staring out from the spirit's empty black hood.

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  • This made-for-TV adaptation starring George C. Scott keeps its portrayal of the final spirit classic and sinister with a mysterious figure cloaked in darkness. This Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has perhaps the most dramatic entrance of the bunch, with striking back lighting and an eerie choir announcing its arrival.

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