Happy Horrordays: The Definitive List of Holiday Horror Flicks Thanksgiving – Christmas

Just because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean that we can’t still get into the horrorday spirit. Thanksgiving and Christmas boast some of the strangest, funniest, scariest and most entertaining horror flicks around. From murderous, fast-talking puppet turkeys, to a wide array of sinister Santas, the winter holiday season is the perfect time to dig into your love of horror.

From hours of eggnog-infused viewing along with the help of many people on Twitter, we have created the definitive list of holiday horror films and where you can find them. This list is evolving along with new premieres and discoveries so if there’s anything we left off, just let us know and we’ll get it added. We’re just here to make sure everyone gets into the horrorday spirit.

Thanksgiving

1.) Thankskilling (2009)

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Who: Wanda Lust, Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Anderson

What: A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

Where: Hulu (free), ITunes (2.99), Amazon Rental (2.99)

Taglines: Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!

2.) Thankskilling 3: The Search for Thankskilling 2 (2012)

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Who: Daniel Usaj, Joe Hartzler, Preston Altree

What: Fowl-mouthed villain Turkie carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of “ThanksKilling 2”.

Where: Vudu (2.99), Amazon Rental (3.99), Youtube (3.99), ITunes (3.99)

Taglines: Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!

3). Blood Rage a.k.a. Nightmare at Shadow Woods (1987)

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Who: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon

What: As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Where: Shudder. The Shudder subscription is SO worth it…if you don’t have one, get one…now!

Tagline: Not all the evil is on Elm Street …

4.). Home Sweet Home (1981)

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Who: Jake Steinfeld, Vinessa Shaw, Peter De Paula

What: An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys’ Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful…

Where: Youtube…watch HERE

Tagline: This year, it’s not the turkey being carved for Thanksgiving…

5.) Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1988)

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Who: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber

What: After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.

Where: Watch on Youtube HERE

Tagline: None listed.

6.) Blood Creek (2009)

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Who: Henry Cavill, Dominic Purcell, Emma Booth

What: A man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich.

Where: Amazon (2.99) ITunes (2.99)

Tagline: None Listed

7.) Thanksgiving (short) 

Who: Eli Roth

What: Grindhouse Trailer, but let’s be real, this needs to be a movie!  “White Meat… Dark Meat…. All Will Be Carved.”

Where: I’m just going to embed the video above…it is SO worth the watch!

8.) Feed (2005)

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Who: Alex O’Loughlin, Patrick Thompson, Gabby Millgate

What: A cybercrime investigator tracks a man (O’Loughlin) suspected of force-feeding women to death.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Can you stomach it?

9). Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

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Who: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff

What: Zombified chickens attempt to kill the fast-food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.

Where: Youtube (2.99), Amazon (2.99) ITunes (2.99)

Tagline: None Listed

10). Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2003)

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Who: Trey Bosworth, Lavelle Higgins, Mark McLachlan

What: A cannibal caterer kills various young women in preparation for a ritual feast for a long-dormant Egyptian goddess that has him under its control.

Where: Order the physical copy from Amazon!

Tagline: None listed.

11). Motel Hell (1980)

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Who: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons

What: A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the “special ingredient” of their famous roadside fritters.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters.

12). Intensity (1997)

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Who: John C. McGinley, Molly Parker, Blu Mankuma

What: Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton’s house, a farm in the Napa Valley, a serial killer named Edgler Foreman Vess breaks into the house, taking Laura and killing her parents. Chyna survives and manages to follow him. In doing so, she learns of Vess’s captive: a young, innocent girl, Ariel, trapped in Vess’s home far from the Napa Valley. Chyna feels a great sense of responsibility for this girl, and she travels deeper into her nightmare.

Where: Snag the DVD on Amazon.

Tagline: None listed.

13). Kristy (2014)

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Who: Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Lucas Till

What: When a college girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break is targeted by a group of outcasts, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.

Where: Netflix!

Tagline: None Listed

Christmas

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1). Silent Night (2012)

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Who: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue

What: The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: You Better Watch Out.

2.) P2

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Who: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds

What: A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: She Did What He Never Expected. She Fought Back.

3.) Treevenge (short) (2008)

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Who: Jonathan Torrens, Sarah Dunsworth, Maris Morgan

What: Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays.

Where: Watch it free on Youtube HERE

Tagline: None listed.

4.) The Melancholy Fantastic (2011)

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Who: Amy Crowdis, Robin Lord Taylor, Josh Caras

What: A strange and gripping holiday tale of grief, love, and the horrors of loneliness.

Where: Can’t seem to find this online. If you find it, let me know!

Tagline: Because everything is possible.

5.) Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Who: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

What: A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

6.) Home for the Holidays (1972)

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Who: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Jill Haworth

What: An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Where: Watch it on Youtube HERE

Tagline: There’s nothing more chilling… Than a warm family gathering!

7.) Santa’s Slay (2005)

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Who: Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith, Emilie de Ravin

What: Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. But when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Spreading holiday fear this Christmas.

8.) Christmas Evil (1980)

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Who: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull

What: A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Where: Free with Amazon Prime

Tagline: He’ll sleigh you.

9.) Krampus The Christmas Devil (2013)

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Who: Jay Dobyns, Paul Ferm, Andrew Ferrick

What: Jeremy, a local police officer leads a life of a confusing past, spending his current time searching for his kidnapper as a child. After other children begin missing, Jeremy pieces together the truth and realizes that his childhood kidnapper could be a creature of ancient yuletide lore, Krampus, who is the brother of St. Nick, and punisher of children who perform acts of unspeakable evil without repercussion. Can Jeremy kill Krampus and prevent more missing children?

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Are you on the naughty list?

10.) Sint (2010)

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Who:  Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen

What: A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: None listed

11.) The Children (2008)

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Who: Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield

What: A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: You brought them into this world. Now … They will take you out

12.) Krampus (2015)

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Who: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

What: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

Where: Amazon (9.99)

Tagline: You don’t want to be on his list.

13.) Black Christmas (1974)

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Who: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder

What: During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Where: Order physical copy on Amazon.

Tagline: If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl… It’s on TOO TIGHT

14.) Black Christmas (2006)

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Who: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert

What: An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Everybody Dies.

15.) Silent Night Deadly Night 1-5 (1984 – 1991)

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Who: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero (first cast only)

What: After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (first explanation only)

Where: Most are available on Amazon Video (2.99+)

Tagline: He knows when you’ve been naughty. You’ve made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas

16.) Gremlins (1984)

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Who: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

What: A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Where: Free with Amazon Prime

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

You can’t get burned seeing ‘Gremlins’!

17.) Jack Frost 1 & 2 (1997 & 2000)

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Who: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel (based on first movie only)

What: A serial killer dies, comes back as a snowman, and wreacks havoc.

Where: Free with Amazon Prime

Tagline: He’s chillin…and killin.

18.) Rare Exports (2010)

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Who: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila

What: In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Where: Amazon (3.99)

Tagline: This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

19.) Santa Claws (1996)

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Who: Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer, John Mowod

What: A B-horror movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan bent on claiming her for himself.

Where: Order a copy from Amazon!

Tagline: Have yourself a very Scary Christmas!

20.) Child’s Play (1988)

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Who: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent

What: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: You’ll wish it was only make-believe.

21.) Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)

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Who: Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne

What: Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.

Where: Itunes (2.99)

Tagline: …t’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…they were all dead!

22.) Silent Night Bloody Night (1972)

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Who: Patrick O’Neal, James Patterson, Mary Woronov

What: A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

Where: Order the physical copy from Amazon!

Tagline: The mansion… the madness… the maniac… no escape.

23.) Silent Night Zombie Night (2009)

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Who: Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch

What: A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: None listed.

24.) To All a Good Night (1980)

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Who: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile

What: A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.

Where: Catch the full film on Youtube HERE

Tagline: You’ll scream till dawn!

25.) Night Train Murders (1975)

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Who: Flavio Bucci, Macha Méril, Gianfranco De Grassi

What: A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: You can tell yourself IT’S ONLY A MOVIE – but it won’t help!

26.) A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

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Who: Daniel Rairdin-Hale, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Yosh Hayashi

What: 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. A dark force is at work in the cadaver lab this Christmas and this unconventional band of heroes are the only hope the world has against an army of living corpses that are quickly recruiting new members. The undead have been given the gift of life and it’s up to the janitor to take it back.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Never Leave a Mess Unclean!

27.) Dead End (2003)

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Who: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain

What: Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Where: I couldn’t find this one available, so if you find it, let me know!

Tagline: Read the signs.

28.) A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

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Who: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer

What: Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Where: Amazon (3.99)

Tagline: You Better Watch Out.

29.) The Gingerdead Man (2005)

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Who: Gary Busey, Robin Sydney, Ryan Locke

What: An evil yet adorable Gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer – this real life cookie monster wreaks havoc on the girl who sent the killer to the electric chair.

Where: Amazon (2.99)

Tagline: Evil Never Tasted So Good.

30.) Two Front Teeth (2006)

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Who: Johnny Francis Wolf, Megan Pearson, Michael Brecher

What: It’s the night before Christmas and Gabe Snow, a tabloid writer haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas past, is investigating a Yule Tide conspiracy. Gabe knows that Flight 1225 was brought down one foggy Christmas Eve, by a flying creature with a “glowing nose”. Now, a blood-sucking Vampire – Santa Claus – has put Gabe on his list and unleashed the demonic fury of the North Pole. An army of zombie elves, who have no interest in Toys or pointy hats or dentistry, are about to turn Gabe’s white Christmas blood red. Will Gabe find the true meaning of Christmas? Can he stake a heart that’s two sizes too small? What will he find under his tree?

Where: Available to order on disc from Amazon.

Tagline: Sometimes… Christmas Bites.

All “What” sections came from the official IMDB.com pages of the movies. We left off a few of the sequels because…well, they’re sequels and frankly easy to find once you discover the original! Any movies we missed? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get them added!

 

Happy Horrordays!

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