Four Bone-Chilling Scary Movies to Watch This Christmas

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The Christmas season has arrived, but not all Christmas films are filled with joy. Take a look at the top 15 spooky movies to see over the holidays!

Christmas is just around the corner, and most of us are undoubtedly preparing to light up our fireplaces to warm ourselves and see a great holiday movie. But some people uniquely observe the holiday season.

You might choose to watch creepy Christmas movies instead of Serendipity or Love Actually. If that is the case, we are here to assist. We have got festive classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas and favorites like Jack Frost and Gremlins, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. We have lots of other terrifying Christmas movies to see this year. Check out these fantastic internet bundles offered by Windstream Communications to enjoy your favorite movies this holiday season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton’s 1993 masterpiece, is not quite terrifying, but it is certainly amongst the scariest movies to see over the Christmas holidays, blending themes of Christmas and Halloween. It is also the sort of terrifying Christmas movie that you can enjoy with your family. There is no violence or blood or gore in this movie. Instead, Tim Burton’s idea is brought to life in spectacular stop-motion animation.

The plot follows Jack Skellington, who is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown (Danny Elfman/Chris Sarandon), and he stumbles onto Christmastown by chance. He was wary of scaring people, but this finding gives him a surge of enthusiasm.

And what did he do with his newfound zeal? Attempt to take over Christmas by capturing Santa Claus (or “Sandy Claws,” as he refers to him) and replacing him with himself. Of course, Jack’s plans do not proceed as planned.

Black Christmas

While The Nightmare Before Christmas is a family-friendly film, Black Christmas is not. This slasher film from 1974 is classified R, possibly due to “quite a lot of blood and gore.”

For obvious reasons, this film falls under the genre of “scary Christmas movie,” but let us give you the whole plot. It is winter break, and a bunch of sorority sisters is returning home for the holidays. Their respite, however, is cut short by a series of anonymous, vulgar phone calls. The girls first encourage the caller, but things quickly get frightening as he begins making direct threats. And it just gets bloodier from there.

The ladies go missing or are killed one by one. The hunt for the murderer takes us to some strange areas. Who is the assassin? Are they close by? Is it someone the girls recognize?

Edward Scissorhands

This film is not frightening (unless you find a man with scissors for hands frightening, in which case we don’t blame you), but it is oddly gothic. And, because it was created by Tim Burton, you can bet it will have some sort of fantasy or horror aspect.

The plot opens with a scientist (Vincent Price) constructing an artificial human being, which is left unfinished after the scientist’s death. Johnny Depp’s character has huge scissors for hands. But Edward’s looks do not deter suburban housewife Peg (Dianne Wiest), who takes him in and introduces him to his first love, Kim (Winona Ryder).

The story of Edward Scissorhands is intense. Edward’s look is frightening, yet his kind attitude and loving heart belie his appearance. He is as genuine and lovely as they come; the true monsters are the narrow-minded townspeople who are afraid of him.

This is a story of an outsider who finds a home for himself, and if it doesn’t encapsulate the holiday spirit, I don’t know what would.


Some may argue that Gremlins is not a Christmas film, but if you have watched it previously, you will know that the town in which it takes place is decorated for the holidays.

Even the eerie tiny titular critters are originally revealed to us as a Christmas present given to one of the protagonists. The Mogwai species appears charming and cute at first glance, but by the conclusion of the film, they will have carried out an evil holiday rampage across town.

The most terrifying aspect of Gremlins is that they reproduce every time one of them gets wet! Little fuzzballs sprout from the damp Mogwai’s back, and then there are more of them. The same thing happens if they are exposed to sunlight or if they are fed after midnight. It is all quite frightening.

Gremlins is one of those creepy holiday films that covers several topics. It is a parody of American materialism as well in addition to being a scary flick. A father’s effort to compensate for his absence leads him to acquire the nicest gift he can find, which does not succeed because gifts cannot replace the love a father can offer his kid.

In the End

If you aren’t a fan of sickly sweet and ludicrously magical movies that seem to be everywhere during Christmas time, here you have the choice of movies to watch that will send chills down your spine. Have a merry and a bit scary Christmas!