The Christmas spirit is not a monolith. As soon as winter sets in, some of us love nothing more than to heat a cup of cocoa, curl up on the couch and watch a movie about two friends who buy, like, an alpaca farm and reveal their true feelings for each other as snow falls and jingle bells chime. Others, however, just want to see a psycho in a Santa outfit or a murderous snowman stab somebody in the neck with a sharpened candy cane.
Both are valid ways to ring in the most wonderful time of the year. But while holiday romcoms have whole channels dedicated to them, Christmas-themed horror flicks are mostly relegated to those obscure streaming platforms nobody ever watches. So, in the spirit of the season, we think it’s time the latter got some love. To be fair, it’s not a particularly broad subgenre. But if you search deep enough, you’ll find enough peppermint-scented scares to break up all the holly-jolliness and get you through the season. Here are 18 to drop in your queue.
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