Christmas Horror Movie Gift Guide

A List of Horror Movies and TV Shows to Get Your Horror Fan Friends

November 13 2013 Categorized Under: Horror News 2 Commented
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Want to get some of your horror fan buddies some horror related gifts this Christmas? Try Horror Fan Zine’s Christmas Horror Movie Gift Guide! In this edition we’ll list some great horror movies and horror TV shows to buy your friends and family this Christmas holiday. Or maybe just get them for yourself!

Christmas Horror Movie Gift Guide


Christmas with the Dead (2012)
In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever for his family. If only it wasn’t June and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t been turned into flesh-eating snappers by a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon, he’d be in pretty good shape. Written by Joe Lansdale, who also wrote Bubba Ho-Tep



World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt from the United Nations is here to save the world from zombies. OK for a PG-13 zombie flick.



Christmas Evil (1980)
A holiday favorite of John Waters (how’s that for an endorsement!) you’ll totally have a blast with this surprisingly entertaining chiller about a loner toy maker (Brandon Maggert – Fiona Appleā€™s dad!) who takes his desire to be Santa a little too far. Also known in circles as You Better Watch Out, it tries to humanize its psycho central character, who retains a certain childlike innocence but is faced with the selfishness of the adult world, which sends him over the edge. Part Frankenstein, part Taxi Driver, and it even has a metaphysical ending that we swear was ripped off by Thelma & Louise! See our review here.



The Conjuring (2013)
James Wan’s spook story featuring the adventures of real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. Stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.



Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
This is the Christmas-themed slasher that sent mothers and religious groups into an uproar when it entered theaters back in 1984. Little Billy watches the shocking murder of his parents by a dude dressed in a Santa suit and is sent to an orphanage run by an evil nun who teaches him that the guilty must be “punished.” Now grown up and adopting her philosophy, Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) puts on a Santa suit for his job and promptly loses it. The result is your expected bloody mayhem, including a scene with a nude Linnea Quigley (well, that’s redundant, right?) getting impaled on a pair of antlers. Naughty!
Also included here is the first sequel in the “franchise.” It’s pretty bad, but also quite hilarious, featuring Billy’s younger brother grown up and played by actor Eric Freeman, whose performance (and eyebrows) must be seen to be believed. The most infamous scene went viral on YouTube (“Garbage day!”) Read our review of both films here.



American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013)
Season 2 of this enormously popular horror series. Stars Jessica Lange.



Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)
This 3 disc set collects the next three films from the Silent Night, Deadly Night franchise, all gone straight to video. In Part 3, Bill Moseley plays the role of Ricky this time (played by Eric Freeman in the last film). A crazy scientist has kept him alive for experiments. Coming out of his coma, Ricky gets back to killing, and also targets a young clairvoyant blind woman (Samantha Scully). Also stars Robert Culp, for some reason (he was in Santa’s Slay too – see below).
Part 4 is directed by Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator) and features special effects by Screaming Mad George, so you know that it’s possible to take a little bit of that coal and make a small diamond out of it. The film deals with witchcraft and some nasty bugs. And Clint Howard’s in it (along with Reggie Bannister)!
Part 5 cranks up the sex a bit and throws in killer toys courtesy of Mickey Rooney! Screaming Mad George is back with the effects.



Night Of The Comet (1984)
Shout! Factory releases this 80s cult classic on Blu-Ray with tons of extras, including three audio commentary tracks. Will be released on November 19th.



Black Christmas (1974)
No Christmas horror movie gift guide would be complete without Bob Clark’s seminal holiday shocker about the girls of a Canadian sorority that fall prey to a psycho killer during Christmas break. The killer’s name is Billy and he likes to go on about somebody named Agnes, but we’re never sure what the hell he is talking about. But hey, you know those psychos – always babbling about something. Atmospheric and unsettling, this is the complete opposite of Clark’s other holiday movie Christmas Story, so try not to get them confused when doing your holiday shopping. (You might not want little Timmy getting scarred for life). Black Christmas features Margot Kidder (sexy) and John Saxon. If that’s not enough for you, it has plenty of slasher motifs that were ripped off countless numbers of times, as well as a plot point stolen by When A Stranger Calls! Read our review here. (And don’t get the movie confused with the remake).



Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Blue Underground finally gives us a long-awaited release of Maniac Cop 2. With Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Robert Z Dar, Charles Napier, and the great Bruce Campbell. Written by Larry Cohen (God Told Me To) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac Cop 1, Maniac). Tons of extras. Released on November 19.



Santa’s Slay (2005)
Santa’s Slay is very much a black comedy, but if you are in the mood for a good laugh when watching people get slaughtered by a wrestler in a Santa suit, then you this is the flick for you! WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg plays Santa, who is really the son of Satan who lost a bet 1,000 years ago and had to spread holiday cheer instead of holiday fear. But now that the millenium is over he can get back to his Satanic ways. (Satan…Santa…doh! Why didn’t we see that coming?!). Funny in spots but gets a little too goofy at the end… at least it has the late Robert Culp as an angel now in the form of an old grandpa. Best scene is in the beginning, when Goldberg comes down the chimney and takes out a family of rich jerks including Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, Rebecca Gayheart, and James Caan!




Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993)
Yeah, there’s a Maniac Cop 3, why not? Robert Davi and Robert Z Dar return for more mayhem, joined by Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster. Cohen is back writing and Lustig is back as director – well, mostly. Story is that he walked off the set, so Joel Soisson had to take over for him. Maybe the making-of supplemental will explain things. Arrives November 19th.



Gremlins (1984)
Want to get your little nephew started on the road to horror movie fandom? Ease him in with this Christmas-themed creature feature featuring the cute little lovable Mogwai who doesn’t seem so lovable anymore when you feed him after midnight. It’s a Frank Capra fantasy turned on its head. Read our review here.



A Cadaver Christmas (2011)
It’s “Zombies for the Holidays” in this cheese horror comedy / grindhouse spoof. United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp, and the student security guard must fight to undo the professor’s work. A dark force is at work in the cadaver lab this Christmas and this unconventional band of heroes are the only hope the world has against an army of living corpses that are quickly recruiting new members. The flick has good word of mouth, and at $5, a cheap gift for somebody’s stocking.



The Thing (1982)
One of the greatest horror movies ever made, John Carpenter’s other masterpiece (besides Halloween) belongs on every horror fan’s shelf. Especially this awesome-looking Blu-Ray edition. Read our review here.



Silent Night Bloody Night (1974)
Very creepy winter chiller that has a nice bloody axe murder, an interesting sepia-toned flashback sequence, and… Mary Woronov! It seems to have even influenced Black Christmas! You can read our review here.



The Shining (1980)
Speaking of winter horror, you can’t go wrong with Kubrick’s masterpiece interpretation of Stephen King’s novel. This Blu-Ray is a great opportunity to let your friends (or yourself) revisit this classic. Reviewed here.



Black X-Mas (2006)
This is the remake of Black Christmas from Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Gory and a mean spirited, but if you hate Christmas and want to see idiot sorority girls get butchered this is the movie for you! Reviewed here.



Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)
If your friends or family members really hate Santa Claus, then get them this British slasher from 1984 about a serial killer offing various Santas in gory ways. Santas are shot, stabbed, burned, and even castrated. Scotland Yard detectives are too stupid to stop the killings. Plus, there’s boobs and a great tagline: “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…….they were all dead!” Read our review here.



Horror Express (1972)
Not exactly a Christmas horror movie but it’s certainly a cult classic and good for a snowy day. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are turn-of-the-century anthropologists fighting off a millions-of-years-old monster on the Trans-Siberian Express. They also have to deal with a crazy (and hilarious) Cossack played by Telly Savalas. There is a lot more going on here and it’s worth the watch… the Blu-ray version is the best this film has ever looked. Apparently, the HD transfer comes from vault elements recently unearthed in a Mongolian film depot. Read our review here.



Silent Night (2012)
This is the sort-of remake to Silent Night, Deadly Night, and it stars Malcolm McDowell as a sheriff who discovers that a maniac in a Santa suit is murdering those he judges as “naughty.” From Anchor Bay.



And that, friends, is this year’s Christmas Horror Movie Gift Guide! Deck the halls… with blood!

2 Responses to “Christmas Horror Movie Gift Guide”

  1. Brian de Castro says:

    Nice list. I would add 2010′s “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” out of Finland. It is an extremely unique and twisted take on the legend of Santa Claus. It is definitely worth checking out.

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