Christmas horror movies

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1. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 36,923 | Gross: $4.05M

2. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 208,491 | Gross: $148.17M

3. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 66,904 | Gross: $42.59M

4. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 14,460 | Gross: $2.49M

5. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 10,777 | Gross: $1.70M

6. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 27,603 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 39,239

8. Jack Frost (1997 Video)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed

Director: Michael Cooney | Stars: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, F. William Parker

Votes: 8,694

9. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

The now-adult Ricky talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a murderer after his brother, Billy, died, which leads back to Mother Superior.

Director: Lee Harry | Stars: Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jean Miller

Votes: 6,817 | Gross: $0.15M

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 311,824 | Gross: $75.08M

11. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 21,115

12. The Signal (2007)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

63 Metascore

A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry | Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah

Votes: 20,923 | Gross: $0.60M

13. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 463,044 | Gross: $56.36M

14. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 11,393 | Gross: $21.00M

15. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

92 Metascore

Young Dorothy Gale and her dog are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, who can return her to her home and fulfill the others' wishes.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 380,248 | Gross: $2.08M

16. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror

The guests invited to weekend in the country share their supernatural stories, beginning with Walter Craig , who senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 11,950

17. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

Votes: 11,719

18. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan | Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoé De Grand Maison

Votes: 9,904

19. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 52,001 | Gross: $27.28M

20. Black Christmas (2006)

R | 95 min | Horror

22 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 26,205 | Gross: $16.24M

21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Amends (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 3,275

22. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Pangs (1999)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

On Thanksgiving, Buffy encounters the spirit of a Native American warrior whose people were wiped out by settlers.

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Votes: 3,009

23. The Children (2008)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 17,693

24. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

72 Metascore

An elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 6,699

25. Dexter (2006–2013)
Episode: Truth Be Told (2006)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Ice Truck Killer kidnaps someone close to Dexter, forcing him into a trap that will forever change his life, while Doakes begins to harbor suspicions about Dexter's odd behavior.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King

Votes: 5,648

26. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 20,445 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 91,788 | Gross: $60.33M

28. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Back for Christmas (1956)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Before leaving on a trip to America, a man kills his wife and buries her in the basement. Once in the United States, he receives correspondence tipping him off that the murder will undoubtedly be exposed.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, John Williams, Isobel Elsom, Arthur Gould-Porter

Votes: 855

29. Supernatural (2005–2020)
Episode: A Very Supernatural Christmas (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In this Christmas-themed episode, Sam and Dean follow the trail of an "anti-Santa" that abducts its victims by using their chimneys. Dean tries to get Sam to celebrate Christmas like they ... See full summary »

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ridge Canipe, Colin Ford

Votes: 4,958

30. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 27,676

31. Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery

Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.

Director: Edmund Purdom | Stars: Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne, Mark Jones

Votes: 1,807

32. Christmas Evil (1980)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Director: Lewis Jackson | Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick

Votes: 6,563

33. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
Episode: Santa '85 (1985)

Not Rated | 25 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Kris Kringle's Christmas is rudely interrupted when he lands in the clink with a bunch of bogus Santas after tripping a home burglar alarm. The cynical sheriff doesn't believe his story, so... See full summary »

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Douglas Seale, Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Marvin J. McIntyre

Votes: 344

34. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

30 Metascore

Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.

Director: Gregory Plotkin | Stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill

Votes: 26,456 | Gross: $18.30M

35. Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

The comatose Ricky Caldwell reawakens and begins to stalk a blind woman, with whom he shares a psychic connection.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Samantha Scully, Bill Moseley, Richard C. Adams, Richard Beymer

Votes: 2,300

36. American Horror Story (2011– )
Episode: Unholy Night (2012)

TV-MA | 40 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on the asylum. Sister Jude faces off with the Devil. Arden has a shocking encounter in the Death Chute.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters

Votes: 4,494

37. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner

Votes: 3,617

38. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Starvin' Marvin (1997)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The boys sponsor a starving Ethiopian child, only to have him show up on their doorstep.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Jennifer Howell, Jesse Brant Howell, Trey Parker

Votes: 2,885

39. Scrooge (1935)

78 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scrooge is mean old miser who wants nothing to do with Christmas. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future appear to Scrooge, taking him on a journey into the very spirit and magic of Christmas itself.

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Mary Glynne

Votes: 2,095

40. Saint (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen, Huub Stapel

Votes: 8,913

41. Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990 Video)

R | 87 min | Horror

A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Clint Howard, Neith Hunter, Tommy Hinkley, Hugh Fink

Votes: 1,814

42. Red Christmas (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.

Director: Craig Anderson | Stars: Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrell, David Collins, Sarah Bishop

Votes: 1,983 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Elves (1989)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror

A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil Nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Mandel | Stars: Dan Haggerty, Julie Austin, Deanna Lund, Borah Silver

Votes: 1,392

44. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 14,410

45. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery