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Horror is not just limited to Halloween, so feast on some deliciously horrific horror films to dive into during the year’s other festive occasions.

Even though my favorite holiday is Halloween, I must admit there are other holidays out there. Many of the holidays have horror films about them, too, and it’s only fair that they get their moment of glory. Finding truly watchable ones was my goal — and a bit of a challenging one. So here for your enjoyment are some of my choices of holiday horror flicks that aren’t on Halloween.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

What better place to start the year but on New Year’s Eve?  Technically this is the very end of the year, but I always think of New Years as a beginning — Resolutions, fresh starts, plans for the future, etc. There aren’t a lot of horror films centered around this holiday. But the one that does is a pretty great one.

Terror Train (1980)

Terror Train was one of the first slasher films to cash in on Halloween’s huge success. Everything about the slasher sub-genre is present, so let’s check off the list. A group of teens in an isolated location on New Year’s Eve, with a masked killer avenging a past misdeed of said teens. Of course, there is very little adult supervision, so there is tons of sex, drugs and alcohol. The characters split up to investigate strange noises, and the murders are intimate and close-up. To top off the list: Jamie Lee Curtis herself as the final girl! What more could you want? Check, check and check.

VALENTINE’S DAY

The next holiday in line is Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. It’s just rife for love — and also a damn perfect day for unrequited love to be avenged. Who doesn’t want a heart-shaped box…filled with a real heart?

My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)

This is the ‘kind-of’ remake of the original 1981 film, with 3-D thrown in. I must admit I watched it because Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame stars as Tom. But as a slasher, the film it did not disappoint. Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, while he claims that the murderer from 10 years ago, who was allegedly killed, has returned from the dead to kill again. The perfect whodunit! We get lots of great gory kills, and the 3-D was awesome. It’s the perfect Valentines “cuddle-up and put on silly glasses” film!

PRESIDENT’S DAY

The commemoration of our founding fathers with President’s Day is quite the patriotic subject. The actual horror film called President’s Day was honestly so terrible that I didn’t feel good about putting it on my list, so I took the liberty of picking a movie about a favorite monster and a favorite president for my choice. I love vampires, history and dark comedy. And this movie fits that description to perfection.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012)

The first time I saw this movie, I thought it sounded incredibly dumb, going by the title, but I loved it. Twisting lore, by making vampires killable with silver was strange, but I liked that the film mixed real history with mythology. Obviously heavily influenced by The Matrix, the fighting and action scenes are right out of a comic book. These Southern vampires enslaving humans tells the evil story of our country’s real slavery in an interesting way. Somehow it wasn’t too cheesy, and I cheered for Abe all the way through. Great cinematography, an abundance of well-done CGI and practical effects made this a must see for vampire fans and perfect for Presidents Day!

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Now we are into March, and that brings us to one of the official drinking holidays: St. Patrick’s Day. There are not many decent films about this Irish holiday, but the classic story about the creepy little guy in green who loves his gold is the one I pick.

Leprechaun (1993)

A guy named Dan O’Grady steals a leprechaun’s pot of gold. Totally bad idea. The leprechaun follows him to the U.S. and tries to kill him. Dan locks him in the basement of his house and leaves him there. Well of course more people move in and let him out by accident. This leprechaun will do anything to get his gold back and will kill anyone who gets in his way. Not a great film, but this leprechaun is one of the creepiest creatures in horror. He gives me the chills just looking at him. So, have a few green beers and have fun watching the whole series if you want to go crazy. I’m not s