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Holidays Films to Make Your Christmas Scary

Updated December 09, 2009

If you're feeling all Scrooge this holiday season, then Nick Dawson's selection of movies that take a darker look at Christmas is perfect for you.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Black Christmas (1974)
Slide 3: The Passions of Carol (1975)
Slide 4: To All A Good Night (1980)
Slide 5: Christmas Evil (1980)
Slide 6: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Slide 7: Elves (1989)
Slide 8: Santa Claws (1996)
Slide 9: Jack Frost (1996)
Slide 10: 'R Xmas (2001)
Slide 11: Santa’s Slay (2005)
Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

When you think of the quintessential holiday movies, the first that come to mind are Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or one of a number of versions of A Christmas Carol. Watching them is a joyful experience that celebrates the wonders of the holidays. But the truth is that sometimes that spirit of giving runs out, and you no longer feel goodwill to all men and you're feeling like maybe old Scrooge wasn't wrong after all. Well, if this particular yuletide season you get a case of the "Bah humbugs" and you can't stomach the thought of another feelgood movie that stuffs the wonderfulness of the holidays down your throat, we have a antidote for you. For the past 30-odd years, filmmakers who have had the very same reactionary feeling against tinsel and mistletoe have made movies proving that Christmas can in fact be a dark, horrible and sordid time, creating a subgenre of movies that thumbs its nose at all the tree-decorating, present-buying happy folk. So, if you're reaction to James Stewart is to shout, "No, it's not a wonderful life, George," then the following 10 movies are perfect for you.