‘Tis the season to be. . . jolly? Nah, I’ll stick with scary.
The holiday season is a joyous time, a wondrous time. . . for horror films! Yes, we all love to watch our classics, such as Black Christmas (1974) and Edward Scissorhands (1990), but I have a few more to add to those treasured and timeless films. Let’s take a look at some of the films I like to call my “Christmas Go-To’s”.
This is a movie I watch all year round, but it is especially close to the heart during the holiday season. One of my favorite things about this film is the whole “It’s A Wonderful Life” theme that they subtly toss in. Kingston Falls, appears to be a picturesque town, with one old and mean wealthy asshole . . . “Deeeeeagle Deeeagle DEEEEEAGLE”. Eventually chaos ensues due to the Mogwai that mutate into horrific. . . well, Gremlins. One of my favorite things to do is analyze this film and question things like, “why is Billy’s best friend an 8 year old?”, “why is the only person he can turn to with questions about the Mogwai a high school science teacher?”, and “why does said science teacher own syringes to take blood samples??”. The world may never know.
Black Christmas (2006)
I LOVE the remake of Black Christmas, marketed as Black Xmas. So many great actresses in this movie like Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and goddess, Lacey Chabert. This movie is among the lowest grossing horror remake movies, for absolutely no reason, because it’s bomb. I wouldn’t list trash on my “Christmas Go-To’s”. This is a movie with a wonderful twist, so enjoy! No spoilers today!
Jack Frost (1997)
Not the Michael Keaton version. Not the Michael Keaton version AT ALL.
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
Four stories rolled into one, and stars William Shatner. What’s not to like? Well, to be honest, at first I didn’t like this movie very much. There are some really annoying people in it, and that makes it a little hard to get through. All of the teenagers SUCK. Like really bad. But I gave this movie a re-watch, and ended up becoming okay with it. I loved seeing Santa as a fierce zombie killer, and that was enough to make me add this movie to the list. Also you are in store for a twist ending involving that badass, braided-hair Santa. Hint: He’s not so badass.
Angela (Rachel Nichols) is stuck in Manhattan on Christmas Eve at her office due to her car not starting. As she receives some assistance from the parking guard Thomas (WES BENTLEY OMFG), he offers for her to spend Christmas Eve with him having dinner in his office, but she is creeped out. She declines and calls a cab, and waits for it in her building’s lobby. Soon she finds she is locked in the building, and can’t get out. She goes back down to the parking garage (level P2) for help only to be drugged by Thomas who we find is obsessed with Angela. Chaos ensues.
Everyone knows this movie by now, and for good reason. The Krampus in this film is so cool, and I love it because this movie has brought to light the awesome story of Krampus. Plus it’s pretty funny and entertaining.
Sint is kind of a lot to handle, but give it a chance. This is a Dutch film in which
Sinterklaas is a killer bishop who attacks during the full moon.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Ah Tim Burton. He sure loves Christmas time. This is one of my favorites on the list. I love the music so much. I often find myself wondering where I would rather live, Christmas Town, or Halloween Town. I always end up picking Halloween Town. This movie is best watched on VHS, while eating pizza and ending with a hot cup of hot chocolate. You’re welcome.
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