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The Best Horror Films for Christmas
5. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Rare Exports is a Finnish Horror-Fantasy film in which Reindeer Hunter in Finland notice strange happenings when a local excavation uncovers the grave of Santa Claus. Good times. Grade C+.
4. Black Christmas
This 1974 horror classic could make a case as being the first "slasher' movie ever made, but even if it isn't, this movie is a damn good time. A killer breaks into a Sorority House over Christmas Break and after suffocating one sister in the attic, he begins to wreak terror on the rest of the house. Featuring Margot Kidder, John Saxon, and Andrea Martin, the original is far superior to it's 2006 remake. Grade. C+.
3. Silent Night, Deadly Night
This 1984 classic is the very definition of a Christmas Horror film: A young boy is told by his grandfather that besides giving gifts to good boys and girls, Santa Claus also punishes the naughty children. That evening, on their way home, his parents stop to help a man dressed in a Santa suit broken down by the side of the road. But when the man botches an attempt to rob them, he ends up killing both parents in front of the young man and his baby brother. Needless to say, years later, when he is asked to dress up as Santa Claus at a company Christmas party, the slaying begins. My personal highlight is the sled-decapitation scene. Grade B.
2. Inside (2007)
A L' Interieur is a 2007 French Film by directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Four months after a car accident took the life of her husband, a depressed and very pregnant Sarah decides to spend Christmas Eve home alone getting prepared to deliver he baby the next morning. Suddenly in the middle of the night, Sarah is awoken by a stranger knocking on the door, asking to use the phone. But she slowly begins to realize that the woman at the door wants something entirely different altogether… her baby. Grade A-.
Not only is this Joe Dante's classic, Gremlins, 'fun for the whole family'; but it's hands down the best Christmas themed horror film of all time. Written by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Speilberg, this film brought black comedy together with an almost adolescent homage to the creature feature. Although it had mass appeal, some of the more violent scenes in this movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were enough to prompt the MPAA to add a new PG-13 Rating to their system. Grade A-.