It doesn’t seem so long ago we were all carving pumpkins and devouring too many sweets that were meant for trick or treaters; but it appears the festive season is now once again upon us.
Here’s five essential Christmas flavoured horror films from the past decade to keep you warm in the winter nights to come.
Michael Dougherty’s Christmas caper sits neatly alongside his ‘other’ holiday movie Trick ‘r Treat. It’s funny, it’s gory at times and ultimately Krampus has a fairytale quality seldomly seen in horror films these days.
As well as having a memorable villain, the anti-Santa Claus is flanked by twisted elves, killer gingerbread men and a very hungry jack in the box amongst others.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Much like Krampus, Rare Exports plays out like a fairytale and is akin to a lot of early work of Tim Burton, such as Edward Scissorhands.
It tells the story of a young boy living near an excavation site which may uncover the actual Santa Claus, but once defrosted may prove deadlier than good old Saint Nick is portrayed in folklore.
Better Watch Out (2017)
Better Watch Out plays very much as the offbeat cousin to Home Alone, as a babysitter is forced to defend herself and her charge from intruders trying to break into her house.
There is a sting the tale here but we won’t give that one away. Much like Krampus this should become an essential for horror fans around Christmas.
Good Tidings (2016)
Providing a much darker side of Christmas, this independent horror pits a group of homeless people living in an abandoned courthouse against three psychos in Santa costumes.
Very much in the slasher vein this is brutal, with a thumping synth soundtrack harking back to the works of John Carpenter Good Tidings is packed with action.
Silent Night (2012)
This was billed as a loose remake of controversial slasher Silent Night Deadly Night, but besides the killer wearing a Santa costume, the plot is very different.
Malcolm McDowell stars as small town Sheriff trying to track down the killer, who is hunting down people deemed ‘naughty’ and offing them in very creative ways.
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