5 Horror Movies To Watch On Christmas!!!

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I don’t have anything against Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I enjoy spending time with my family and actually like this time of year because of it. But if you’re home for the holidays, chances are you have very little control over what’s playing on the house TV. It’s just sort of on, right? No one in particular seems to be paying attention – and if there’s a movie playing it probably takes place during the holidays but no one seems to actually be watching it.

Here’s where these 5 movies come in. Should you be able to sneak control over your family’s home entertainment setup, you can toss a few of these guys on. After all, they’re technically holiday movies. Your parents didn’t specifically say they couldn’t contain murder and mayhem.

Head inside to check out 5 Horror Movies To Watch On Christmas!

GREMLINS

The most obvious choice, but also the best. Gremlins is one of my favorite movies, hands down. Such a beautifully structured film with a great amount of carnage but also a strong sense of fun. It’s also a movie that feels warmly towards the season but doesn’t have a problem criticizing it either. From Phoebe Cates’ horrific monologue to the film’s final assertion that western society just isn’t ready to deal with their gifts, Gremlins packs the darkness but wraps it inside a warm, fuzzy feeling. Kind of like the biological cycle of the film’s creatures, come to think of it.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT

One thing the 1984 original has over this year’s remake is a sense of grainy, shot-on-film nostalgia. It still has its share of intense moments, but its overall slower pace means that there’s a slightly lower chance that your parents will yell at you to turn it off.

RARE EXPORTS

You can’t get in trouble for this one, it actually has Santa in it! To be fair, he’s a bit more of an *sshole here than society traditionally depicts him as, but it’s still fair game. Also, this thing has enough camp appeal that you run the risk of actually being kind of a hero to your family. Maybe they drop everything they’re doing, watch along and it becomes a new holiday tradition. Probably not, but you can hope, right?

INSIDE

This one doesn’t feel quite as Christmas-ish but it’s a bona fide instant classic, which more than makes up for it. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s debut feature brings the gore, and it’s also legitimately terrifying. Out of the whole bunch, this is the one that will make your parents scream “what’s wrong with you?”

BLACK CHRISTMAS

It’s been so damn long since I’ve seen this movie that I might have to take my own advice and watch it alongside you today. I remember almost nothing except for liking it on whichever night I was able to sneak down into the living room as a kid to watch it. Weird blind spot, I know. Olivia Hussey, John Saxon and Margot Kidder? Murder, sororities and Christmas? Let’s make it happen.

  • Natobomb

    Had some friends over last night and we all got in the holiday spirit with Gremlins (my personal favorite), Black Christmas (original of course), and the new Silent Night (loved this film a lot more than I thought I would). Holiday and horror movie marathons, how could anyone say no to that?!

  • Aaron Emery

    I have no shame in saying that I watched the BLACK CHRISTMAS remake today!! It gets so much undeserved hate that I need to advocate for it. First off, the atmosphere is fantastic! Very claustrophobic feeling. Second, the dark coloring of the entire thing: tremendous. Third, the characters are all likable, even Billy’s disgusting mother has some great lines. Fourth, Agnes. And fifth, it’s such a FUN holiday slasher. All who hate on this movie need to shut up and enjoy!!! Merry Christmas people! :)

    • anthonyd1

      I couldnt agree more. Although I love the original and nothing will ever take its place, the Black Christmas remake takes full advantage of the holiday atmosphere and gives us exactly what we want. I had so much fun when I saw this movie in theaters and I continue to watch the original and remake back to back every chirstmas

  • djblack1313

    Aaron, have no shame!! i did a double feature yesterday of the BLACK CHRISTMAS remake followed by the original film!! lol. the remake is one of the most beautifully shot(cinematography) Christmas movies ever. it’s just gorgeous. the gore is disgusting (in a great way!) all the actresses/cast are very likable. etc, etc. i love it and make no excuses for it! :)

    i think SINT belongs on this list or at least in place of RARE EXPORTS (but that’s just me).

  • djblack1313

    oh and Merry Xmas to you guys!!:)

  • Marty McFly

    Has anyone seen The Children? Nice little flick for the holidays.

  • Infect

    Gizmo in the Santa hat: perfect.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I didn’t remember Inside happening around Christmas. Guess I need to watch it again lol. Great movie, though. So happy to see Rare Exports on there. Love that movie. And of course my favorite Christmas film, Black Christmas. Love it so much. Gremlins is also one of my favorite movies ever. Can we talk about how cute that picture is of Gizmo? XD Love all you guys. Merry Christmas, everybody!

  • VampireJack

    Good call on INSIDE – I haven’t seen it yet so didn’t know it was set at Xmas, so will give the movie a spin tonight.
    I’ve been watching tons of Xmas themed horror movies this month (one a day all December).
    Silent Night Deadly Night 1-5
    Silent Night
    Gremlins
    Dead End
    Jack Frost
    The Children
    Rare Exports
    Sint
    Santas Slay
    Elves (what a p.o.s!)
    Black Christmas (original)
    A Cadavar Christmas
    Silent Night Bloody Night
    Christmas Evil
    Treevenge

    Some others too, but I can’t recall off the top of my head.
    It’s been a pretty good month for horror.

  • Michael_M

    Inside is “a bona fide instant classic”? Evan, I love you, but the film is garbage. Sure, it’s incredibly gory, but how do you reconcile the lack of logic on display?

    Exhibit A: when the cop hears gunshots he takes the prisoner with him into the house.

    Exhibit B: the mother is given a gun to protect herself while in the bedroom. Rather than shooting her attacker when she enters, the mother waits for her to straddle her on the bed then bites her lip.

    Exhibit C: the mother calls her name while walking down the hall but she doesn’t hear that in the bathroom.

    There are many more examples. The film is undone by its lack of logic which disqualifies it from being a classic.

    • Zombie-Dude

      Couldn’t agree more mate. I saw this years after it was released but only decided to on the fact that people gave it a good wrap when it came out. I definitely wasn’t impressed with it. It’s lack of logic was infuriating and makes the whole this seem dumb. I definitely wouldn’t call it a “Christmas horror” either.

      Also, I found Sint to be garbage and can’t believe people here are recommending it. I had to apologies to my friends once it had finished for making them sit though it.
      Rare Exports on the other hand was awesome and I would highly recommend that one. There’s a classic worthy film.

  • djblack1313

    i agree that INSIDE is an instant classic, Evan. 100%!!!

  • Norberto-Aguiar

    Christmas does not come to mind when I think of the film ‘INSIDE’ but it was a great horror film! I also loved the ‘BLACK CHRISTMAS’ reimagining! ‘DEAD END’ and ‘THE CHILDREN’ should be on this list!!!