Sometimes family films are scarier than horror films.
Who could ever forget the first appearance of Old Man Marley in Home Alone? Wielding a shovel, the bearded Marley was something of a local legend in town, believed to be the serial killer known as the “South Bend Shovel Slayer” – he allegedly killed his victims with a shovel, and then dissolved their bodies in salt. Of course, Marley ends up being a lonely old man with a tragic story, turning from suspected villain into unlikely hero in the final act. But goddamn is he scary in that scene where he catches Kevin looking at him through the window. Chills. Total Chills.
Fun side note: late actor Roberts “Old Man Marley” Blossom portrayed real-life, skin-wearing serial killer Ed Gein in Deranged, released sixteen years prior to Home Alone!
We’re here today to talk about those scary moments in otherwise not-intended-to-be-scary Christmas films, and we recently reached out to the Bloody Disgusting readers over on Twitter to help us compile the ultimate list. We’ll be doing more interactive content like this in the future, so be sure to follow us on Twitter (@BDisgusting) so you don’t miss out on the fun.
Here are just some of our favorite replies. Comment with your own picks!
— that dude matt (@matt_artifacts) December 19, 2016
— April Dalaman (@AprilDalaman) December 19, 2016
— Shane Bitterling (@ShaneBitterling) December 19, 2016
— A.M. Novak (@BookishPlinko) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace When The Ghost of Christmas Present opens his robe and reveals the wan, decrepit children Ignorance and Want.
— 🎅Caffeinated Joe📎 (@Wings1295) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace furnace in Home Alone for sure
— Colin Sneed (@colin_h_) December 19, 2016
@BDisgusting in Home Alone 2 when Kevin is wandering NYC at night and he encounters the freaky hookers, homeless man, scary af cab driver.
— Cody Landman (@cody_landman) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace Kevin running into Donald Trump at the Plaza Hotel in Home Alone 2.
— Colton Q. Dunham (@ColtonD84) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace when the grinch gets his idea and makes that face
— Chris Crum (@SBofSelfAbuse) December 19, 2016
— Frosty the Rando (@hilty75) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace When Santa’s shadow hovers over a sleeping big bird at the end of “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street “
— Grover Dill (@Bull_Moose716) December 19, 2016
— Dr. Jose (@cameraviscera) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace The introduction of Scott Farkus in A Christmas Story. Horrifying!
— The Alley Hoodlum (@TheAlleyHoodlum) December 19, 2016
@BDisgusting All of Jack Frost with Michael Keaton. That shit is creepy.
— Muffy Saint-John (@furkyourwurk) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace John McClane’s gun strap breaking and him falling a few stories before grabbing the vent edge.
— (((JonathanBarkan))) (@JonathanBarkan) December 19, 2016
@FreddyInSpace Tim Allen’s botoxed face in ‘Christmas with the kranks’ suppose the whole movie was scary though.
— Scrooge McDuck ⛄ (@ThomasG17891) December 19, 2016
@BDisgusting A Christmas Story Raphie holds 4 dear life on huge slide tryin 2tell Santa what he wants & is pushed down screaming all the way
— Checo (@sarroyo22682) December 19, 2016