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Misfit Toys: Top 10 Killer Toys and Evil Doll Horror Movies for the Holidays

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5. Deep Red (1975)

Deep Red by Dario Argento is not your typical holiday movie but earns its place on this list due to its iconic and terrifying evil doll scene. This Italian giallo film masterfully blends mystery and horror, creating an atmosphere of suspense and dread. The evil doll, although a brief part of the film, leaves a lasting impression, embodying the essence of terror in an otherwise mundane object. This film is a must-watch for connoisseurs of horror, offering a sophisticated and artistic take on the genre, perfect for those looking for a more cerebral holiday scare.

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4. Child’s Play (1988)

The original Child’s Play introduced the world to Chucky, the doll with a devilish charm and a deadly agenda. Chucky’s transformation from a seemingly innocent toy to a murderous entity is executed with skill, making him a standout character in the realm of evil doll movies. The film’s ability to evoke both empathy and horror, along with its clever use of a beloved childhood object, makes it a total classic. While not explicitly set on Christmas, chilly Chicago counts enough for us!

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3. Child’s Play (2019)

The 2019 remake of Child’s Play offers a modern retelling of the Chucky saga, with an AI twist. This version of Chucky is not just a doll but a high-tech toy gone rogue, bringing a contemporary flavor to the evil toy concept. The film cleverly uses technology as a means of horror, including a memorable scene where Chucky uses Christmas lights as a deadly weapon. It’s a fresh and relevant take on the killer toy theme, making it a compelling watch for a new generation of holiday horror fans.

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2. Krampus (2015)

Krampus, a film based on the ancient legend, turns the holiday season into a nightmare with its portrayal of a malevolent, anti-Santa figure. The film is filled with an assortment of evil toys, including a sinister jack-in-the-box that devours children. It’s a delightful mix of horror and dark comedy, presenting a twisted version of Christmas where punishment reigns over celebration. The inventive use of folklore and the inclusion of malevolent toys make it a standout film in the Christmas horror genre, perfect for those who enjoy a darker, more fantastical approach to holiday storytelling.

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1. Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker takes the killer toy theme to new heights, focusing on a toymaker who creates toys with deadly intentions. The film weaves a tale of mystery and murder, where toys, usually symbols of joy and innocence, become instruments of terror. It’s a film that embraces the absurdity and horror of its premise, offering viewers a unique and twisted holiday experience. This entry may not be critically acclaimed, but it holds its own as an entertaining and chilling conclusion to our holiday horror list.

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And there you have it, a collection of 10 films that intertwine the joy of the holiday season with the thrill of horror. Whether you’re a seasoned fan of Christmas horror movies or venturing into holiday horror movies for the first time, these films provide a diverse range of terror and entertainment. So gather around the fireplace, dim the lights, and prepare for a holiday season filled with killer toys and evil dolls. After all, who says Christmas can’t have a little scare?

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