It may be the cheeriest time of year, but thanks to the many filmmakers who have given us the gift of great holiday horror, it can also be the creepiest!
We’re so excited to introduce our first annual holiday horror advent calendar — 25 days of our best holiday horror film recommendations starting December 1st and delivered each day through December 25th. You’ll find a brief synopsis of each film we recommend below. Click on the film title to watch the trailer and read a more in-depth review.
December 1: Mrs. Claus (2018)
Mrs. Claus is a wonderful love letter to the holiday slasher films of yesteryear that offers plenty of festive atmosphere, gory deaths, and a welcome twist for a Santa-based killer.
December 2: Silent Night (2012)
While the Silent Night, Deadly Night series as a whole is bumpier than a rollercoaster, Silent Night is a well-paced gorefest — just perfect for bloodying up your Christmas season.
December 3: All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018)
Featuring an amazing all-star sitcom ensemble of actors who are known and loved in the industry, this satisfying new holiday horror anthology has something for every horror fan — from dark satire to slasher, revenge, ghosts and even a demon, topped with a dash of Sci-fi.
December 4: Elves (1989)
Featuring Grizzly Adams himself, Dan Haggerty, Elves is the very definition of so-bad-it’s good brilliance — a wonderfully over-the-top holiday film for the midnight movie crowd.
December 5: Sint (2010)
This December 5th, enjoy a bloody good holiday with the Amsterdam import “Sint”, an underrated holiday horror film that offers a wicked new take on an old Dutch tradition with Santa’s bloodthirsty doppleganger.
December 6: Gremlins (1984)
A timeless holiday classic, Gremlins is a film that perfectly captures the essence of the season while giving horror fans plenty to be jolly about.
December 7: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Silent Night, Deadly Night is perhaps one of the most controversial holiday movies ever made — and happens to be fun as hell to watch!
December 8: A Cadaver Christmas (2011)
From the opening segment to the end credits, A Cadaver Christmas is one of the best horror-comedies I’ve ever seen.
December 9: The Children (2008)
The Children rises above other films inspired by the ‘creepy child’ trend due to effective filmmaking, believable characters and a terrifying plot.
December 10: Red Christmas (2017)
Red Christmas leaves behind the holiday cheer for a memorable, blood-soaked ozploitation debut from writer/director Craig Anderson.
December 11: A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
A Christmas Horror Story is an entertaining holiday horror anthology with a wonderfully wicked yet playful approach that’s perfect for the season.
December 12: Await Further Instructions (2018)
Await Further Instructions is a deeply unsettling and blistering examination of the human condition well worth adding to your holiday watch list. Bleak, brutal, and downright chilling, it’s sure to make you feel much better about your own seasonal stress and dysfunctional family gatherings.
December 13: Dead End (2003)
With well-written characters, a strong cast, and the perfect mix of wry humor and legitimate scares, Dead End is a criminally underrated horror gem.
December 14: Jack Frost (1997)
As ridiculous as it is, Jack Frost is a fun and entertaining Anti-Christmas film — filled with dark humor, creative kills and a very memorable villain.