It may be the holiday season, but that doesn't mean your viewing choices have to be full of sugar and spice and everything nice. The box office success of the wonderfully scary holiday movie Krampus hints that many people are ready for a change of pace from the usual holiday cheer. If you've had your fill of feel-good films (or just have a year-round passion for horror movies), we've got a list of holiday-themed horror movies that are frighteningly good. Best of all, you can stream these from the comfort of your own home via Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. After all, going to the mall during the holiday season? Now that's really scary.
Silent Night (2005)
There's a killer Santa on the loose, and you'd better hope you're not on his naughty list. Amid all the innocent and well-meaning people dressed up as Saint Nick, this ruthless murderer is hunting his victims. Will his reign of terror end in time for a very merry Christmas? Starring Jaime King and Malcolm McDowell, this holiday horror movie combines tons of chills and some genuinely shocking twists. Available on Netflix
Jack Frost (1997)
No, we're not talking about the family film of the same name starring Michael Keaton (although really that's a terrifying film in its own right); this so-bad-it's-good holiday horror movie features a maniacal serial killer who has been fused with snow. The result is a ridiculous, gory, and delightfully nutty horror flick that will leave you laughing and cringing in equal measures. Available on Hulu Plus.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
When will we learn that archaeological digs never lead to anything good in the movies (unless, of course, you're Indiana Jones)? In this clever and unsettling film from Finland, archaeologists uncover the real Santa Claus -- but St. Nick isn't as kind and cuddly as we all had hoped. As children start vanishing from nearby villages, it becomes clear that Santa (and his sinister elves) have a bigger scheme in mind than the usual milk and cookies. Available on Hulu Plus.
If you think there's nothing scarier than hitting the mall during the holidays, you'll appreciate the sentiment behind P2. A woman just wants to get home from the mall for Christmas. Unfortunately, she finds herself stalked through the parking garage by a ruthless maniac. Anyone who's ever had to walk through a parking garage alone late at night knows how terrifying this can be (and doing it during the holidays makes it even more frightening). Available on Hulu Plus.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
OK, this one might not technically qualify as a horror movie, but it's a classic! Jack Skellington's desire to take over Christmas and make it a delightfully scary holiday is fun, funny, and remarkably clever, with songs you'll find yourself humming all year long. And yes, this animated film is supposedly for all ages, but it's surprisingly dark and there are some unarguably creepy moments. The movie has the perfect blend of holiday cheer and scary scenes to delight viewers of all ages. And no matter how jaded you may be to horror movies, Oogie Boogie still reigns as a creepy, sneaky, and downright gross villain. Available on Netflix.