7. Santa’s Slay (2005)
The best ways to save a potential C-tier horror movie are to cast a pro wrestler as Santa Clause and make sure puns are heavily involved. If you want to kick through the chimney and leave any sort of subtlety behind, Santa’s Slay is the perfect choice for you. Bill Goldberg takes his wrestling chops and turns Santa into a wrecking ball of holiday fear spouting one-liners at every potential victim. Best of all, the movie comes with some genuinely heartwarming behind-the-scenes tales—Goldberg met his current wife, Wanda Ferraton, on the set of this movie, where she was working as a stunt double.
8. Jack Frost (1997)
The origin story of the titular villain in Jack Frost is a cross between Frosty the Snowman and a Marvel origin story: the truck-carrying Jack Frost, a serial killer on his way to be executed, crashes into a genetic research truck in transit, turning him into a mutant killer snowman. Now, he’s returned to get revenge on the cops who put him behind bars, but that won’t stop him from adding to his body count along the way. This movie has a 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so just know what you’re getting into.
9. The Thing (1982)
A long-forgotten UFO, discovered by researchers in the Arctic, unleashes an alien that perfectly copies its victims and leaves a trail of murder in its wake. The Thing had a mediocre showing at the box office, but despite its disappointing initial showing in theaters and poor reviews from critics, it eventually tooks its place in the horror pantheon as one of the best “whodunit” stories in movie history.
10. Dead Snow (2009)
Nazis rose from what most reasonable people presumed was the bottom of the scum-coated barrel this year in an attempt to reclaim their spot in the national and international limelight, so why not celebrate the holidays with a movie about zombie Nazis rising from the snow to murder some attractive Norwegian youths? Audiences can enjoy this movie filled with chainsaws, guts and snowmobile-mounted machine guns in the original Norwegian (with subtitles) or an English-dubbed version, depending on taste. Fair warning, though: This movie is as bloody and gory as any zombie movie ever released.
11. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Murder Santa is a popular character for horror movies this time of year, but that wasn’t always the case. When Silent Night, Deadly Night first hit theaters in 1984, critics and moviegoers alike cried foul at this depiction of their beloved Christmas figure, with the public’s negative reaction hitting such a fervor that TriStar Pictures quickly pulled it from theaters. Its cult following provided enough financial incentive to spawn five more sequels between 1987 and 1991, as well as a loose remake in 2012, so fans of a story about a child traumatized by Christmas who grew up to become a murderous psychopath can rejoice.