'Tis the season for some killer holiday horror movies! I love browsing streaming services this time of year for seasonal horror flicks, and this year we have quite a few to choose from on Hulu, Shudder, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. Below I've rounded up some that are available on these streaming platforms now or are coming soon to stream. Don't have these streaming services or prefer physical media? No problem, as I've included links to each film's Amazon when possible.
Check out the Christmas Horror Movies to Stream Now:
Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (December 6th) - This new Into the Dark entry takes place on Christmas and will arrive to Hulu on December 6th. A mid-level employee must beat his professional rival in a violent competition in order to get his Christmas bonus. I'm really looking forward to this one!
Anna and the Apocalypse - A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. This is a fun and heartfelt film!
Pooka! - This was last year's Into the Dark Christmas film, and I loved it! Christmas is coming up, so a struggling actor gets a holiday season job as a character in a plush suit to promote the hottest toy of the year, “Pooka.” At first it’s a fun and friendly distraction, but he slowly develops two personalities-one when he’s in the suit, and one that’s outside it-as Pooka slowly starts to take possession of him.
Rare Exports - In this darkly comic gem, it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archaeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. This is a creepy and wonderful import - definitely give it a watch this season!
Saint - An original and delightfully gruesome slasher film, Saint re-imagines jolly old Saint Nick as a murderous bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy under the December full moon. A local teen sets out on a bloody, high-energy battle to save Amsterdam from the wrathful "Sinterklaas" and his minions. Warning: It looks like this is the English dub version, try to find one with the original language track! Other than that, this is great slasher film with a holiday twist and a fun take on the Sinterklaas legend.
All the Creatures Were Stirring - The joyful spirit of Christmas takes one dark turn after another in this horror anthology, from sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons. This anthology is a bit hit or miss, but worth a watch.
Christmas Evil - A toy-maker who revels in the Christmas spirit suffers a mental break when his work is met with hypocrisy and cynicism and goes on a yuletide killing spree. This is a gritty Christmas classic with some dark humor thrown in.
Better Watch Out - One holiday night, a babysitter must defend herself and her 12-year-old charge when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival. One of my favorite newer holiday horror films and one I look forward to re-watching every year.
A Christmas Horror Story - Not even Santa Claus is safe from the evil that descends on Bailey Downs, a small town that is suddenly plagued with malevolent spirits, zombie elves and Krampus in this horror anthology film. Another newer film that has become a must-watch during the horrordays!
Black Christmas (1974) - As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. The women soon begin to suspect they are being threatened by a killer, but no one realizes just how close the killer is. My favorite Christmas horror movie and still shocking to this day!
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 - The younger sibling of the teenager who killed while dressed as Santa carries on in his brother's bloody footsteps. A fun, sometimes silly sequel to Silent Night, Deadly Night. It recaps the first film extensively, so no need to have seen the first film (though I would recommend that one, too!).
Deadly Games (a.k.a. 3615 Code Père Noël, Dial Code Santa Claus) - A resourceful child is left alone with his fragile grandfather on Christmas Eve. When a killer dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their home, Thomas does whatever it takes to defend his home and grandfather. I'm looking forward to watching this - I hear it is the OG Home Alone!
Joe Bob's Red Christmas (December 13th) - Joe Bob Briggs will host another live stream triple bill of holiday related horror on Friday, December 13th, on Shudder in U.S. and Canada. The live show starts at 9pm EST and will be available on demand later in the month. Can't wait what Joe Bob picks for his Christmas show!
Red Christmas - A widow and her bickering family gather at her remote estate on Christmas Eve. She must soon protect them all from a hideously deformed killer who's out for bloody revenge. Ugh, I really hated this film, but pickings are slim on Netflix. Watch at your own risk.
Holidays - This anthology that puts a horror spin on different holidays features a segment about Christmas starring Seth Green. It isn't the strongest story in the anthology, but it is still pretty fun.
A Cadaver Christmas - United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp, and the student security guard must fight to undo the professor's work. This is a quite fun indie feature!
Slay Belles - On Christmas Eve, three cosplaying women accidentally unleash Krampus and team up with Santa Claus to save the world! This is a newer release and such a hidden gem! It has so much heart and I had such a fun time rooting for the three cosplayers!
Rare Exports - As well as streaming on Hulu, this Finnish tale is also streaming on Amazon Prime. Again, it is highly recommended!
The Children - A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. This is quite an English chiller and I loved the snowy landscape where all the horror breaks loose.
All Through the House - A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies and hunts his way to the front steps of the town's most feared and notorious home. A surprisingly solid slasher, especially considering it is a newer movie.
Dead End - It's Christmas Eve and like every year, the Harringtons take a trip to their in-laws to celebrate the holidays. Taking an unfamiliar shortcut, Mr. Harrington makes the biggest mistake of his life, leading his family down a terror-filled road with no end. Love this underrated film! Very spooky and the cast (including Ray Wise and Lin Shaye) is wonderful.
Jack Frost - When his prison transport collides with a truck full of "genetic material," condemned serial killer Jack Frost is inexplicably transformed into a terrifying, murderous snowman. This movie is awful in the best way possible.
Black Christmas (1974) - Amazon Prime also has this film streaming for free, along with Shudder. Again, highly recommended!
Secret Santa - A group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through their hectic exams, decide to throw a holiday party, adding a Secret Santa exchange for fun. Little do they know a killer is in town and has made a special list and each one of them has a special present waiting for them. This low-budget slasher is probably what you expect, but it has its moments.
What are you watching this holiday season?
Want more holiday horror movies? Check out past posts on my favorites HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!
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