Horror Movies Set Around New Year's
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Horror Movies Set Around New Year's

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Vote up the scary films that capture the unique horrors of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The new year is a time for new beginnings, rebirth, and revelry. Conversely, its also a time of ending for everything that will be left behind. We celebrate this binary with parties on long, dark nights where things might suddenly go off the rails. So, what better way to ring in the new year than with a reminder of our own mortality in the form of a horror movie or two?

It should come as no surprise that there are creepy flicks that prey upon the unique fears associated with change. Put on one of these classics, like Rosemary's Baby, Terror Train, or End Of Days, and prepare to start January with a shriek.

  • Not only was this film set on New Year's, but it was also released on New Year's Day in 1921The Phantom Carriage is a landmark piece of silent horror cinema, featuring special effects that were state-of-the-art at the time, and still stand up as inescapably eerie images today. Its complex plot utilizes flashbacks-within-flashbacks to tell a story of Death's carriage. With every year that passes, the horse and carriage stay the same, but the driver is replaced by the last person who passed the year before.

    The Phantom Carriage influenced the films of some of history's greatest directors, including Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick.

    • Actors: Victor Sjöström, Einar Axelsson, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm
    • Released: 1921
    • Directed by: Victor Sjöström
    51 votes
  • Of course, Rosemary's Baby spans a much longer time than just New Year's Eve, but a key scene in the film takes place at a New Year's Eve party. The new year coincides with expectant mother Rosemary's awareness that something is not quite right.

    Rosemary's Baby is also a classic of the genre, filled with ominous and even apocalyptic themes of birth and transformation that make it perfect for ringing in the new year. 

    • Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Roman Polanski
    86 votes

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    65 VOTES

    This movie has Arnold Schwarzenegger, Y2K paranoia, satanic conspiracies, Gabriel Byrne as the devil, over-the-top special effects, and a soundtrack featuring Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, and Korn. Plus, it's directed by the man who made Timecop and The Relic. No movie could have prepared the world for the turn of the millennium better than End of Days.

    Set in New York City at the end of 1999, Satan is trying to find a bride before the beginning of the new millennium, and it's up to ex-cop Jericho Cane to stop him.

    • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Robin Tunney, CCH Pounder
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Peter Hyams
    65 votes

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    33 VOTES


    Midnighters is about a married couple who drive home from a New Year's Eve party and run into a man with their car. Initially, they try to call 911 and take him to the hospital, but when he passes in the back seat, they decide to take him home and sober up before reporting the incident.

    To say that things don't go quite as planned is a serious understatement, and the two become embroiled in an ever-escalating game of cat-and-mouse in this low-budget Hitchcockian thriller filled with bad decisions and secret motives.

    • Actors: Alex Essoe, Perla Haney-Jardine, Dylan McTee
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Julius Ramsey
    33 votes
  • The plot of this one will probably sound familiar, since it was remade 20 years later as the more famous Vincent Price film, House of Wax. Taking place on New Year's Day in 1933, Mystery of the Wax Museum tells the tale of a sculptor at the titular wax museum who is horribly burned and disfigured in a fire that destroys his wax creations. He sets about recreating his masterpieces by offing individuals who resemble his prized statues and dipping them into wax.

    It's one of the last surviving movies made with early two-color process Technicolor, which creates a lurid pulp quality that adds to the horror and makes Mystery of the Wax Museum an experience unlike any other.

    • Actors: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Gavin Gordon
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
    53 votes

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    45 VOTES

    Terror Train stars scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis after her hit role in Halloween, though the movie failed to impress critics.

    The story of a slayer getting revenge for a past tragedy during a New Year's Eve party on a train may not be the most original, but it features a baddie in a Groucho Marx mask and has a guest appearance by famous magician David Copperfield.

    • Actors: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek MacKinnon
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
    45 votes

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