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Top 10 Best Christmas Horror Movies in 2021 (Joe Dante, Bob Clark, and More)

When the weather outside is frightful, there's nothing like snuggling up with hot cocoa and watching a Christmas movie. Why not spice it up with a Christmas horror flick?  Christmas might be known for gifts and joy, yet somehow the pursuit of a perfect family holiday can easily turn into a horror story!


Whether you want to get a good scare or laugh at holiday-themed monsters, there's a Christmas horror movie for everyone. We've found 10 Christmas horror movies that are holiday staples for horror fans all over America. Our top choice is Gremlins. It's a family-friendly, satirical horror-comedy about how cute little pets turn into murderous monsters. For more of our favorites, please read on! Check out our buying guide for some tips on selecting the perfect movie, too.

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Top 10 Best Christmas Horror Movies

When choosing the right movie to watch, reviews can help make sure you don't waste your time. We've searched plenty of review websites to find the best Christmas horror movies!

1
GenreComedy, fantasy, horror
Length1 hr. 47 mins.
MPAA ratingPG
Year of release1984
2

Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett SullivanA Christmas Horror Story

$7.99

GenreFantasy, horror, mystery
Length1 hr. 39 mins.
MPAA ratingNot rated
Year of release2015
3

Bob ClarkBlack Christmas

$9.99

GenreHorror, slasher, thriller
Length1 hr. 38 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release1974
4

Jalmari HelanderRare Exports: A Christmas Tale

$7.99

GenreHorror, comedy, adventure
Length1 hr. 24 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release2010
5

Michael DoughertyKrampus

$13.99

GenreHorror, comedy, fantasy
Length1 hr. 38 mins.
MPAA ratingPG-13
Year of release2015
6

Tom ShanklandThe Children

$7.99

GenreHorror, mystery, thriller
Length1 hr. 24 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release2009
7

John McPhailAnna And The Apocalypse

$6.99

GenreComedy, horror, musical
Length1 hr. 33 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release2019
8

Jean-Baptiste AndreaDead End

$7.99

GenreAdventure, horror, mystery
Length1 hr. 25 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release2003
9

Henry SelickTim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

$9.99

GenreAnimation, dark fantasy, musical
Length1 hr. 16 mins.
MPAA ratingPG
Year of release1993
10

Chris PeckoverBetter Watch Out

$5.99

GenreHorror, comedy, crime
Length1 hr. 28 mins.
MPAA ratingR
Year of release2017

Compare the Best Christmas Horror Movies

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1
Joe Dante Gremlins 1

Joe Dante

2
Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan A Christmas Horror Story 1

Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

3
Bob Clark Black Christmas 1

Bob Clark

4
Jalmari Helander Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 1

Jalmari Helander

5
Michael Dougherty Krampus 1

Michael Dougherty

6
Tom Shankland The Children 1

Tom Shankland

7
John McPhail Anna And The Apocalypse 1

John McPhail

8
Jean-Baptiste Andrea Dead End 1

Jean-Baptiste Andrea

9
Henry Selick Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1

Henry Selick

10
Chris Peckover Better Watch Out 1

Chris Peckover

Name

Gremlins

A Christmas Horror Story

Black Christmas

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Krampus

The Children

Anna And The Apocalypse

Dead End

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Better Watch Out

Features

A Wacky Animated Story for All Ages

A Zippy and Gory Christmas Anthology

A Festive Slasher With Old-Fashioned Suspense

A Tongue-in-Cheek Folklore Comedy

A Grisly Blend of Horror and Humor

A Slow-Brewing Horror of Killer Children

A Christmas Zombie High School Musical

An Underrated Indie Christmas Horror

A Stop-Motion Musical for the Whole Family

A Mean-Spirited Yuletide Home Invasion Story

Price$9.99$7.99$9.99$7.99$13.99$7.99$6.99$7.99$9.99$5.99
GenreComedy, fantasy, horrorFantasy, horror, mysteryHorror, slasher, thrillerHorror, comedy, adventureHorror, comedy, fantasyHorror, mystery, thrillerComedy, horror, musicalAdventure, horror, mysteryAnimation, dark fantasy, musicalHorror, comedy, crime
Length1 hr. 47 mins.1 hr. 39 mins.1 hr. 38 mins.1 hr. 24 mins.1 hr. 38 mins.1 hr. 24 mins.1 hr. 33 mins.1 hr. 25 mins.1 hr. 16 mins.1 hr. 28 mins.
MPAA ratingPGNot ratedRRPG-13RRRPGR
Year of release1984201519742010201520092019200319932017
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How to Choose a Christmas Horror Movie – Buying Guide

Choosing a horror movie for the holidays can be a daunting (or haunting!) task. You'll need to juggle your audience's tolerance for scary movies and their particular tastes, not to mention sorting through many titles. For the best results, you should consider the movie's genre, rating, and reviews.

Select from Different Kinds of Horror

Although scary movies are usually horror movies, not all horror movies are super scary. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas movie with horror elements or a scary movie that takes place during Christmas, Christmas horror movies have a variety of subgenres to choose from. 

Pick Horror for the Best Scare

Pick Horror for the Best Scare

For those who want to be frightened more than anything else, horror is the ideal choice. In a typical horror movie, common elements to expect might be darkness, disfigurement, dismemberment, and death. 


Due to its potentially traumatizing concepts, it’s best to ask everyone in your audience if they are all okay with horror before watching it.

Try a Slasher for More Excitement

Try a Slasher for More Excitement

Slasher is a subgenre of horror that involves murder and gore, usually with bladed tools. For people who care less about jump-scares but enjoy blood and classic horror elements, a slasher flick is a good choice.

Seek a Thriller if You Like a Fast Pace

Seek a Thriller if You Like a Fast Pace

Somewhat similar to horror, thrillers are focused on suspense, surprise, tension, and anxiety. Psychological and supernatural thrillers are usually the most frightening, but many other types of thrillers, such as mystery, can even be enjoyed by people who don't usually like horror.

Consider Escaping With a Fantasy

Consider Escaping With a Fantasy

Horror fantasy usually takes place in a fantasy world with horror elements. Since it has less realism, fantasy is usually less scary and often makes a great horror genre for people of all ages.

Laugh and Fear at the Same Time With a Comedy

Laugh and Fear at the Same Time With a Comedy

Although horror and comedy often have vastly different audiences, these two genres are opposite sides of the same coin. For those that want to enjoy a horror film with less scare, comedy is a good idea.

Find the Right Movie for Your Audience

Just like how some people are more ticklish, some people also frighten more easily than others. Whether you’re watching by yourself or with other people, try to find a movie that won’t negatively affect anyone for more than a few hours.

Make Sure the Movie is Age-Appropriate

Make Sure the Movie is Age-Appropriate

Children under seven may have trouble distinguishing between fiction and reality, so horror is recommended for ages eight and above.


If a horror movie is rated R, NC-17, or above, believe it. Horror movies that earn these ratings can be traumatizing for anyone under 17. Even some adults might find them too scary, depending on the content. 

Avoid Movies With Triggering Material

Avoid Movies With Triggering Material

Certain topics or themes are particularly sensitive for some people and can keep them up at night for weeks.


It is ideal to ask your audience about the things they absolutely cannot see, especially if anyone has a phobia or trauma. For example, if you faint at the sight of blood, you might want to avoid a movie with a lot of gore.

Check the Ratings from Multiple Sources

Check the Ratings from Multiple Sources

At best, Christmas horror movies can become a holiday staple. At worst, they can be slow and even boring. To make sure you don’t waste your time, try to find movies with above-average ratings on popular reviewing websites such as IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic.


A general rule of thumb is that a horror movie is worth watching if it’s at least a six on IMDb, 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, or 60 on Metacritic.

More Scary Stories for Horror Fans!

More Scary Stories for Horror Fans!

Christmas is not the only time for a good scare! Whether you like ghost movies or spooky novels, there's a horror story for everyone.

Summary

From family tensions to monster Santas, Christmas horror is a rising genre for a good reason. When planning a Christmas horror movie event, make sure to find an age-appropriate movie with above-average reviews. Think about your preferred genre, too. 


Whether you're planning to watch it at a gathering or on a date, we hope we helped you find the right kind of holiday scare!


Author: Sarah Yip


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