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12 Scariest Christmas Themed Horror Movies of All Time

Devan Sagliani | 18 Dec 2015 12:00
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It's that time of year again, when the days get shorter and the nights get colder and longer. Although Halloween will always be the heavyweight champion of scary holidays, finding the horror in the Christmas season isn't all that hard... if you know how to look for it. Take Santa for example, an all knowing magical human that sneaks into houses all over the world while we sleep, bringing good children presents and threatening bad children with various forms of punishment.

Then there is Krampus, who I thoroughly explained to you all last year. Click here if you need a refresher.

The Biblical version of the holiday celebration also hides a nasty underbelly just below the surface of the glorious birth of the baby Jesus. It seems every year we overlook that the reason Christ was born in a manger is because of a mad king ordering the mass extermination of all male babies in Bethlehem after hearing a prophecy, which sounds like a bad horror movie all by itself!

With all the endless stresses of the holiday season, not the least of which for many is having to hang out with their dysfunctional family, it's easy to see why people would turn to a familiar outlet for release. Thus the Christmas horror movie genre was born! There may not be a lot of entries in this category so far, and many of them are admittedly awful, but every year new and better ones come out, giving us hope that this subgenre will one day reach its true potential. Until then here are the top 12 Scariest Christmas Themed Horror movies of all time.

1 - Silent Night, Deadly Night (1974)

Considered to be one of the most controversial movies of all time, Silent Night, Deadly Night was pulled from theaters just one week after it was released! After a young boy witnesses the murder of his parents at the hands of a deranged Santa he is sent to an orphanage where the cruel treatment of the Mother Superior along with the physical abuse incubates his psychosis. Eventually the boy turned man snaps and goes on a killing spree dressed as Santa asking those he crosses paths with if they've been naughty or nice.

The film developed a cult following over the years and spawned five sequels and a remake. It's by far my favorite Christmas horror movie despite having some very cheesy moments. It's also chock full of exposed female breasts. One of these scenes features original Scream Queens Linnea Quigley being impaled by a deranged killer Santa on a pair of antlers while wearing only a pair of sexy jean shorts. Silent Night, Deadly Night may seem childishly absurd at points, but it is far from a kiddy flick.

2 - Silent Night (2012)

Directed by Steven C. Miller, Silent Night is a loose remake of Charles E. Sellier's 1984 film Silent Night, Deadly Night that incorporates elements taken from the real life Covina massacre in 2008. It hit theaters right after Christmas and was on DVD a few days later.

In this version Santa Claus terrorizing a small town community on Christmas Eve during the annual Christmas parade. With so many other Santa's roaming around the police have their work cut out for them finding the real killer, who is hiding in a plain sight. There's some feeble backstory that explains the revenge motif but the absolute best part is when Aubrey burns Santa with a flamethrower. Now that's what I call fun for the whole family!

3 - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

This rare gem of a Christmas horror movie comes from Jalmari Helander. It will absolutely blow you away. The plot centers around a group of local reindeer herders whose Christmas gets interrupted by idiot scientists excavating a nearby mountain that allegedly holds the grave of the historical Santa Claus, only Saint Nick can't be killed that easily. Using elves disguised as old Santa's this supernatural monster feeds on naughty children from the burial mound. The scientists want to sell the elves to rich bidders around the world so it is up to the herders and a lone child to save the day and free the stolen children.

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