The 13 Days of CREEPMAS

A reaction to the continuing incursion of Christmas into Autumn and Halloween, CREEPMAS is a good-natured chance for Halloween lovers to exact revenge by bringing some spooky good cheer into the holidays or, more appropriately, the Hallowdays

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Creepmas Movies

So now that we're in the 13 Days of Creepmas, you might find yourself looking for something appropriate to watch on a chilly December evening. The most obvious choice, of course, is The Nightmare Before Christmas - that's a no-brainer. Here are a few other suggestions to help you get your Creep on - and if you have any other picks, post them in the comments!

RARE EXPORTS : New out of Finland, this is one of the best movies I've seen in the last few months, and it's destined to become a Creepmas favorite for any Creep that sees it!

SINT, aka SAINT, aka SAINT NICK : A new horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5. Another foreign offering, this film has a USA DVD release date of December 20, 2011.

A CADAVER CHRISTMAS : It was inevitable that somebody would make a zombie Christmas movie. Luckily, this one looks pretty good!

GREMLINS : Already a Creepmas Classic, and one of the films that inspired the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating!

TALES FROM THE CRYPT - AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE : Part of the Tales from the Crypt 1972 anthology movie, then remade as the second episode of HBO's excellent series Tales from the Crypt, this is another Creepmas Classic. On Christmas Eve, a greedy wife kills her husband for his insurance money and is then visited by a hideous serial killer dressed as Santa Claus, forcing her into a terrifying cat and mouse game for survival. You'll never hear the phrase "Naughty or nice?" the same way again!

BLACK CHRISTMAS : The original 1974 film helped establish the slasher genre (it preceded Halloween & Friday the 13th); the much-maligned 2006 remake? Meh.

SANTA'S SLAY : This ridiculous movie starring Bill Goldberg as a 'roided out, murderous Santa never takes itself seriously (how could it?), and is a lot of fun to watch!

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT : I'm ashamed to say I've never actually seen this notorious splatterfest (I'll rectify that soon!), but it warrants inclusion here by reputation alone.

There are a number of Christmas slasher movies from the '70's & '80's including Christmas Evil, Don't Open 'Till Christmas, To All a Good Night, Silent Night, Bloody Night and others. The 90's gave us Jack Frost and Santa Claws. There are also notably creepy Christmas episodes of some of the best animated shows of the last 20 years, including Invader Zim (The Most Horrible Christmas Ever), South Park (Woodland Critter Christmas), Futurama (Xmas Story) and The Venture Brothers (A Very Venture Christmas), but you'll have to hunt those down yourself!

While searching for links for this post, I came across a fun Christmas movie/horror mashup video page from


  1. Good list, really looking forward to seeing Sint. Why does everyone forget about Childs Play? Set at Christmas and Chucky was, in fact, a Christmas present.

  2. Treevenge

  3. I'm looking forward to Rare Exports. Lord Dixie your right Chucky did take place around the holidays and nobody really talks about it. New this year Silent Night Zombie Night

  4. Just watched Treevenge holy crap dude that was cool!!

  5. Jack frost not great - weirdly the guy who played the sherrif in it was killed by an avalanche a few years later... I preferred the Tales from the crypt remake of 'all through the house' with Larry Drake as a much creepier santa. Santas slay is excellent but my favourite has to be silent night deadly night. Possibly the most mean spiritted christmas film ever!

  6. Somehow I left Edward Scissorhands off the list - what was I thinking??

  7. Lord Dixie - I considered Child's Play, but it's not really a movie *about* Christmas the way the others are; it just happens to start on Christmas. Know what I mean?

  8. I purchased and watched A Cadaver Christmas - it's a lot of fun. Low budget, but very creative, and there are some really funny moments.