Christmas Horror Films – The Killer Top 5

It’s Here – The Top 5 Greatest Christmas Horror Films Ever

It’s going to be a Merry Bloody Christmas.. Literally… The season to be jolly is on it’s way and Christmas Horror Films are always an awesome watch for Avid Slasher fans. It’s two weeks to go and and we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate Top 5 Christmas Horror Films out there. Some of you will be letting out a blood curdling scream as your favourites may very well be missing.. But as we all know.. Horror is one of those killer subjects that not everybody will agree on. These are my favourites choices and that’s really all that matters. If you disagree, then leave a comment and more importantly… YOUR OWN TOP 5. So here we go…

No:5 Santa’s Slay

What if Santa Claus really isn’t the cheerful, over-sized elf that Clement Clarke Moore and Coca-Cola would have us believe he is? Instead, imagine he was actually the son of Satan who lost a bet to one of God’s angels. As a result of the bet, the demon seed had to give up his yearly day of death and destruction and instead deliver Christmas presents for a thousand years. Now, it’s 2005, and he’s looking to “spread a little Yuletide fear!” It’s up to sixteen year old Nicholas, his eccentric grandfather, and one of Nicholas’s female co-workers to stop Santa from dismembering everything in his sight. This Christmas will be a violent night of chaos, with Santa smashing his way through town. Local boy Nicholas, his girlfriend Mac and his crazy Grandfather are the only ones who know the truth about Santa and can save their town and the world.

 You’ll get a good laugh with this Christmas Horror Film. I recommend this for anybody looking for a good Christmas themed horror, however, but it’s whole kitsch camped up style may end up putting some people off. It’s something you’re only going to want to watch at Christmas.. I mean, honestly, who watched Christmas Horror Films from January to November? Not me.  The frights are not really there , and even some of the humor will probably not be funny to a lot of people. If you’re in the right mood, there are some fun moments and as a Christmas Film, everything is pretty spot on.  It’s all about festive fun and Santa’s Slay deserves a spot in the Top 5, even if it tails in at No:5.

No:4 The Children

Two families meet at an isolated, snow-covered home to see in the New Year. Slowly, the young children become infected by an unexplained virus that drives them to murder their parents. Creepy kids have long been a staple in horror films and this sharp British chiller carefully builds mood and character before letting all hell break loose with grisly gusto.

Making strong use of the isolated, snowed-in setting, The Children proves as effective in its series of set pieces as it does in the simmering dysfunctions of the seasonal family get-together.

The film is a relentless mood of rising hysteria fuels this British horror film, as the children of two families brought together for a quiet Christmas turn into adult-attacking mini-murderers.

Is it a virus? A dream? Did everyone die before the film actually started? Doesn’t matter: the mystery only adds to the creepiness of the situation. Clunky backstories, pointless romantic interludes and trite explanations are all sidestepped here.On the other hand, the violence is skilfully enough executed to make you think you see much more than you actually do and the fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get.

 

The Children (2008)

Intelligently playing on its young families’ parental insecurities and anxieties, the kids soon become a murderous mirror to the increasingly tense adult dynamics within the house. “They’re like a sponge at this age” says one mother, but on this New Year’s Eve of the Damned, said sponge happens to be wielding a kitchen knife. %his contender definitely made the No:3 spot with style.

 

Christmas Horror Films No:3 Rare Exports

Rare Exports

The No:3 Spot for this year’s Top 5 Christmas Horror Films goes to Rare Exports  Rare Exports is a subtitled Finnish production that pays a great homage to Mr joe Dante. The story centres around the original Santa Claus legend – a withered, wild beast of a Claus, who really would chill the very of the naughty kids out there. He’s a child eating makes Santa with an army of sick naked old man elves who stir up a huge hornets nest of  horror. A young boy named Pietari  and his friend think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari’s father captures a feral old man in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing. If you can stand a Christmas Film with Subtitles, this is a Must See.general traditions of westernised Christmas and Santa is an Epic guy

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Rare Exports - Christmas Horror Films

It’s an Epic piece of cinematography and takes the viewer on a journey that leaves the subtitles behind as it sucks the audience into the story. It’s not often that half way through a foreign subtitled film, that you suddenly realise that it could almost be in English (I found the same thing with Pans Labyrinth) Seen through a child’s eyes, Rare Exports takes the Number 3 spot this Christmas for it’s originality and the scariest Santa helpers you’re ever likely to see. Merry Christmas. It only vaguely misses No:2 but because this Top 5 is about Christmas Horror Films, The next two just slide through the Christmas Snow and pip Rare Exports at the Post.

Christmas Horror Films – No:2 Silent Night

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Now this is not just a straight forward remake of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, but it kind of  pays a little homage during a few key moments that avid horror watches should pick up on straight away. If you remember how Linnea Quigley dies in the original film, then this remake is a bout as close as you can get. I really like this film. It’s got some decent gore but along the way, it does have a plot and really stands it’s ground as a Christmas / Horror / Slasher / Bloodthirsty piece of work.  It sits above that B Movie line, but doesn’t quite make it into the world of great films, which is a shame. Christmas Horror Films like most Christmas Films, are pretty thin on the ground so it does make for a great seasonal slasher and is does make my Christmas Horror Film Watch list every year along with all the rest on the list.

After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. It’s the night before Christmas, and not a creature is stirring-except for a psycho axe murderer disguised as Santa. When Sheriff Cooper and Deputy Aubrey Bradimore investigate a horrific mass homicide at a local motel on Christmas Eve. Aubrey Bradimore (Jamie King), the deputy of a small Midwestern town is forced to hunt for the killer.

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Christmas Horror Films No:1 Krampus (2015)

Not to be confused with the whole plethora of other Krampus films, this Krampus is classed as a Horror / Comedy and takes the number one spot for a number of reasons. It’s the newest Festive Horror film to hit our screens in a while. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. As a Christmas Horror Film it’s right up there with the best.

The film is deemed as comedy but it’s not really that hilarious and lacks a little bit of the scare factor that would make it superb. Krampus is so holiday / christmas and brings togetherthe typical bickering family, elderly relatives, folk lore and a ton of snow. I personally have to keep watching it and I can compare it the whole gremlins with a slightly more modern twist. The one hing that spois it is the ‘Nightnare Before Christmas meets Coroline style animation that just didn’t need to be there, but forgicving this element, the story moves quickly and the whole opening scene of carnage combined with Bing Crosby grabs you from the very start. The PG-13 rating means ypou can entertain the kids with this. My 11 year old thought it was amusing and funny and not disturbing.

Krampus takes the No:1 for a combination of reasons. The cinematography is well shot, the story moves, it couldn’t get much Christmasy unless you dropped National Lampoons Christmas Vacation into the scene. Not for everybody, but then what film is? Merry Bloody Christams!

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