Happy Horrordays, fiends! To help ramp the Merriest season of all into high gear, I’d like to welcome you to 12 DAYS OF KRAMPUS! A Christmas twin to our #31DAYSOFHALLOWEEN Movie Marathon, 12 Days of Krampus is going to count you down to Christmas day, the only way we know how-
WITH HORROR MOVIES!
Fashioned after the Holiday classic carol ’12 Days Of Christmas’, we’ve selected a wintertastic or festive fright to watch each day from December 13th until Christmas! (technically the 12 days of Christmas starts on December 25th and runs until January 5th, but boo to that. We want to pre-game while the nog’s still fresh!)
Ready to count down? Watch along with us on social media and use the hashtag #12DAYSOFKRAMPUS!
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to meee…
12 Carrot Kills.. (Jack Frost, 1997) – Dec.13th
As notorious serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is being driven to his execution, the truck carrying the murderer encounters a bizarre accident that transforms him into a mutant snowman. Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport), who caught the psychopath originally, has remained concerned about his return, and it seems that his fears were well-founded. Before long, bodies pile up, all killed in gruesome wintry ways. Can the sheriff stop Frost’s icy reign of terror?
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: While there aren’t actually 12 carrot-related deaths in Jack Frost, the body count of this flick is indeed 12! So you could say.. there are.
11 Malamutes Assimilating.. (The Thing, 1982) – Dec 14th
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: The ‘star’ dog of the pack in John Carpenter’s The Thing was played by Jed (White Fang, The Journey of Natty Gann), a malamute-wolf mix. Jed was apparently super-professional on-set, even when filming the ostensibly traumatizing kennel scene.
10 Snowmen Materializing.. (Krampus, 2015) – Dec. 15th
While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
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#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: The snow in Krampus was actually composed of the same material that’s in diapers. Huh. It absorbs smells, and makes for a Christmas wonderland for Krampus and all his minions to frolic!
9 Eyebrow Raises.. (Silent Night Deadly Night 2, 1987) – Dec. 16th
The younger sibling of the teenager who killed while dressed as Santa carries on in his brother’s bloody footsteps.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: Ricky’s eyebrows allegedly move up and down 130 separate times in the film. It appears we vastly under-estimated.
8 Hours Bickering.. (Dead End, 2003) – Dec. 17th
When a family en route to a Christmas Eve gathering decides to takes a shortcut down a wooded road, an eerie sequence of events signals trouble ahead. After nearly colliding with an oncoming car, father Frank (Ray Wise) picks up a ghostly hitchhiker (Amber Smith) and her infant child. With the sudden appearance of their new passengers, the route becomes dark and treacherous — and the family’s numbers rapidly begin to dwindle in a series of seemingly connected, grisly roadside accidents.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: This film is criminally underrated. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a holiday treat! Prepare for the claustrophobic memories of childhood family roadtrips but with a lot more trees. Oh, and Lin Shaye!
7 Orgy Masks.. (Eyes Wide Shut, 1999) – Dec. 18th
After Dr. Bill Hartford’s (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings — and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: The loose translation of the chanting at the mansion party is as follows “We still pray for the mercy, the life, the peace, the health, the salvation, the scrutiny, neglection and forgiveness of the sins of God’s servants, worshipers, almsgivers, benefactors of this holy site.” Sexy.
6 Chapters Re-written.. (Misery, 1990) – Dec. 19th
After a serious car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, where her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers Sheldon is killing off her favorite character from his novels. As Sheldon devises plans for escape, Annie grows increasingly controlling, even violent, as she forces the author to shape his writing to suit her twisted fantasies.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: After decades of silence on the matter, Stephen King finally revealed Misery (and specifically Annie Wilkes) was a representation of his dependency on drugs, and what it did to his body, isolating him, and hobbling any attempts he made at escape. How festive!
5. Hair of the Dogs.. Please Lloyd (The Shining, 1980) – Dec. 20th
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: As part of Stanley Kubrick’s dastardly plot to get the most heinous and unhinged Jack Torrance, Jack Nicholson was fed exclusively cheese sandwiches for two straight weeks, while I’m sure everyone else got the run of the craft services table. “I’m NOT gunna hurt ya, I just want TO BASH YER BRAINS IN!”
4 Sketchy Calls.. (Black Christmas, 1974) – Dec. 21st
As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess (Olivia Hussey) and the often inebriated Barb (Margot Kidder), begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on, but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb’s friend Claire (Lynne Griffin) goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: Black Christmas is reported to have been Elvis Presley’s favorite horror movie, which he would watch every Christmas. His family continues the tradition by watching it every year in his honor.
3 Paint Cans.. (Better Watch Out, 2017) – Dec 22nd
Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to babysit their 12-year-old son Luke during the holidays. She must soon defend herself and the young boy when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: Better Watch Out was originally going to be released under the name Safe Neighbourhood, before changing to its more festive title.
2 Crashed Parties.. (Christmas Evil, 1980) – Dec 23rd
Comical festive frights. A toy-maker who revels in the Christmas spirit suffers a mental break when his work is met with hypocrisy and cynicism and goes on a yuletide killing spree.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: The snow in the film was made from cut up bits of plastic bags the were blown around by giant fans. I hope there weren’t any turtles on set.
..and 1 cute, little Mogwai (Gremlins, 1984) – Dec. 24th
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai’ but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
#12DAYSOFKRAMPUS factoid: In an early draft of the screenplay, Gizmo BECAME Stripe. Did I just ruin your childhood? Sorry.