Ho Ho Ho, you merry horror fiends! It’s the month of December, and while for the majority of all the people out there that means ocular viewings of Rudolph, Frosty, Buddy the Elf, and those never-ending Hallmark Christmas movies will occur. But for us, it means that we’ll be delving into the darker side of Christmas. Visions of killer Santas, mutated creatures, and many forms of Krampus will be dancing in our heads and upon the bodies of their victims.

Scouring streaming services and VOD platforms for all of the Christmas undelights was my goal, and scour did I do. Never did I imagine the full extent of all of the Christmas horror films that existed. Amazon Prime is the biggest gift giver in this sense ,as it comes out with a sleighful of options. Who knew that the years 2014-2017 would offer so many candy-caned delights? And if you want a Krampus themed ornament of cinema, there is no shortage.

A gift from us to you, I’ve divided each streaming service up with the gifts that they are merrily handing out. Let’s get to the gift giving, shall we?

 

Netflix

Surprisingly, Netflix US acts as the aunt who gives you an okay pair of socks. There isn’t much to offer as far as Christmas horror goes. I decided to include Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake due to one scene in the movie that encapsulates a beautiful Christmas spirit. The holiday themed horror anthology, Holidays, has one slot for Christmas that occurs 85 minutes into the film. 2016’s Red Christmas, starring Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, Cujo), is a weird little ditty that’s just perfect for those seeking a demented piece of Christmas cinema.

Before I Wake (2016)

Holidays: Christmas segment (2016)

Red Christmas (2016)

 

Starz

While not much is offered, Stars does give us the classic Billy Murray starrer Scrooged, as well as the last three sequels in the Silent Night, Deadly Night franchise.

Scrooged (1988)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out (1989)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker (1991)

 

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Hulu

Like Netflix, one would expect Hulu to be overflowing with the Christmas Horror selections, but they offer a very scarce selection. Blumhouse’s monthly holiday anthology series, Into the Dark, releases its Christmas episode, Pooka!, on December 7th. It’s the only place that Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is available for streaming. The classic, must see Finnish horror, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, is available as well as the indie, Mother Krampus.

Into the Dark: Pooka! (2018) Dec 7th

 

Mother Krampus (2014)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

 

Shudder

Proving that they’re a streaming service to beat, Shudder will present to us a myriad of Christmas offerings with their presentation of Unhappy Holidays. Already available are the classics Black Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly NightChristmas Evil and the new Christmas classic, Better Watch Out. On December 13th, they will exclusively release All the Creatures Were Stirring. Also on December 13th, Shudder will premiere Christmas Presence (aka Why Hide?). Joe Bob Briggs continues his successful Shudder streak with his own Christmas special on December 21st, A Very Joe Bob Christmas.

A Very Joe Bob Christmas (2018) Dec 21

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) Dec 13th

Better Watch Out (2017)

Black Christmas (1974)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Christmas Presence (aka Why Hide?) (2018?) Dec 13th

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

 

 

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Tubi

Have you given the free streaming service, Tubi, a sleigh ride, yet? It has a wealthy supply of horror films, in general, which includes a good amount of holiday horrors.

A Christmas Slay (2015)

A Christmas Tale (2005)

All Through the House (2015)

The Children (2009)

Dead End (2003)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Knifepoint (2015)

Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2014)

Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus Unleashed (2016)

Mercy Christmas (2017)

Mother Krampus (2017)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

Stalled (2013)

 

Amazon Prime

You want the biggest wrapped Christmas present full of Christmas horror movies? Head on over to Amazon Prime. From classics to little known indies, Prime is a stocking bursting with Christmas horrors. May I make a suggestion amongst their ever-growing list? Christmas with Cookie (2016). Cookie is a Christmas figure waiting to join the ranks of the icons.

A Christmas Carol (2013)

A Christmas Slay (2017)

All Through the House (2016)

Axemas (2018)

Blood Beat (1982)

Body (2015)

Christmas Apparition (2017)

Christmas Tales of Ghostly Trails: Classic Christmas Ghost Stores (2000)

Christmas with Cookie (2016)

Christmas with Cookie: Locked Away (2017)

Christmas with Cookie: The Watching (2018)

Darkest Night (2013)

Dead by Christmas (2018)

Death Walks (2016)

The Elf (2017)

Feeders 2: Slay Belles (1998)

 

Good Tidings (2017)

Haunted Christmas (2008)

Jack Frost (1997)

Jack Frost 2 (2000)

Kllause (2016)

Krampus 2: The Devil Returns (2016)

Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus: Unleashed (2016)

Lake Alice (2017)

Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas (2018)

Mercy Christmas (2017)

Mother Krampus (2017)

Night of the Krampus (2013)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Scary Little Fuckers (A Christmas Movie) (2015)

Secret Santa (2016)

Sugarplum (2017)

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

Silent night, bloody night (2014)

Silent Night Dead Night (2016)

The Yearly Harvest (2017)

 

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VOD

All of the before mentioned Christmas horrors can be found VOD if you do not subscribe to any of the aforementioned streaming services. Check Itunes, VUDU, Prime, and many other VOD rentals for any of the following Christmas classics!

All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) : Dec 4th on-demand

Black Xmas (2006)

Elves (1989)

Gremlins (1984)

Krampus (2015)

Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride (2018)

Mrs. Claus (2018)

Once Upon a Time At Christmas (2017)

P2 (2007)

Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

Santa’s Slay (2005)

Sick for Toys (2018)

Silent Night (2012)

Sint (2010)

Slay Belles (2018) : Dec 4th on demand

 

Tales from the Crypt: All Through the House segment (1972)

To All a Goodnight (1980)

Ugly Sweater Party (2018)

 

In Theaters / Redbox

Last, but not least, is the only Christmas horror hitting cinemas, this year. The Christmas themed, zombie filled musical, Anna and the Apocalypse, directed by John McPhail. It’s getting a limited release November 30th with a wider release on December 7th.

All the Creatures Were Stirring is available at any Redbox.

 

I’m sure there are some bits that I have missed, but this list alone is an insane amount of Christmas horrors! Spotted any missed Christmas ornaments? Have any suggestions that weren’t listed? What are your absolute must watches during the Christmas season? Let us know over on Twitter, Reddit, or the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!