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 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 Apple’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
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).
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
). Tons of extras. Released on November 19.
Santa’s Slay (2005)
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.