Enough stressors haunt us all during the holidays; deciding what to watch to enjoy the season should not be one of them. I enjoy a traditional holiday film like anyone else, but what’s wrong with some spookiness or horror mixed in? I have compiled a list of festive movies and specials to get you into the spirit of the season without giving up the horror vibe we all love so much. Many of these titles are available to stream. If what you are looking for is not available on your favorite streaming platforms, check your local library!
A Christmas Carol (2009); dir. Robert Zemeckis
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) dir. Ron Howard (I mean, the Grinch can be spooky, right?)
Edward Scissorhands (1990), dir. Tim Burton
Gremlins (1984), dir. Joe Dante
The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas (1996), dir. Ian Emes
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), dir. Tim Burton
Scooby Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012), dir. Victor Cook
Black Christmas (1974), dir. Bob Clark
Krampus (2015), dir. Michael Dougherty
The Lodge (2019), dir. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), dir. Charles E. Sellier Jr.
While She Was Out (2008), dir. Susan Montford
Television Episodes & Specials
The Addams Family: “Christmas with the Addams Family” (season 2, episode 15)
American Horror Story: “Unholy Night” (season 2, episode 8)
Bewitched: “A Vision of Sugar Plums” (season 1, episode 15)
Black Mirror: “White Christmas” (season 2, episode 4)
Casper and Friends: “True Boo (a Christmas Special)”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter’s Tale” (season 1, episode 11)
Scream Queens: “Black Friday” (season 1, episode 10)
I hope you found something in this post to enjoy this holiday season. More festive and spooky content for December is on the way, so stay tuned!
Until next time,