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Do You Love Holiday Horror Films?

By Edited Feb 26, 2016 0 0

'Tis the Season for Slaughter?

When it comes to horror movies, there are so many different sub-genres and each one has its own rules that fans of the genre will know.  That being said, what happens when you want a themed based horror film, like say during a holiday season?  If you're a huge horror movie fan there's no reason you have to settle for just an hour or two - you can find hours of these great films, stack them up, and enjoy the day in style!

For this quick run down we'll look at a few common holidays and then an actual choice for each.  Keep in mind these aren't necessarily the best horror movies with each holiday, but choices that most directly tie into it.  That's why Jaws doesn't count for the 4th of July because it only takes place then: but it is not a 4th of July or Independence Day based movie the way the much campier and B-movie "Uncle Sam" is.

Halloween: Too Obvious for This Article?

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this one because frankly there are so many Halloween horror films that I don't even really think of them as holiday horror flicks.  The "Halloween" series even is a little weird because isn't it basically a slasher flick (granted, awesome slasher flicks - even a lot of the sequels and/or re-makes are pretty good) that just takes place on Halloween?  While my choice for review down below is the amazing "Trick R' Treat," if we're concentrating specifically on very Halloween based horror movies where the holiday is an integral part, let's also take a look at:

  • Boo
  • Trick or Treat
  • Satan's Little Helper
  • Pumpkinhead (okay maybe this is a little bit of a cheat, but c'mon!)

Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho-Horror!

These are my favorite holiday themed horror movies.  I don't know what it is, there's just something about Christmas horror that is campy, fun, and great.  For the record,  I love Gremlins the most - but it's more comedy than horror so that's why it doesn't get top nod down below.  Some of these are unbelievably campy (but isn't that the fun of holiday horror flicks?) and cheesy, but I'm still trying to keep the main choices as horror first.  So down below you'll see my pick of Santa's Slay, and if you want more around Christmas there are literally dozens of Santa slashers, but some of my favorites are:

  •  Jack Frost
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night
  • Black Christmas (the original!)
  • Santa Claws

Valentine's Day: What Are the Chances?

There's not much to choose from here, but if the fuzzy cuddly Hallmark holiday just isn't your thing, well there are a few options to choose from.  Honestly, I think this is one of the greatly under-utilized holidays that horror writers need to take advantage of.  The short list:

  • My Bloody Valentine (1981) - the original
  • My Bloody Valentine 3-D - the re-make is okay, but not nearly as good, IMO
  • Lover's Lane

For Valentine's Day like themes I can also recommend May and Lo.  Those are two pretty dang good movies actually.

Easter

Easter horror films are interesting because there are two different directions they can take: Jesus and Christianity, or the Easter Bunny.  Both can be pretty fun, and the top pick is hard to make but I'm going with Kottentail as the top pick among several.  Campy, B-movie, but with some really disturbing death scenes.  Perfect for a holiday themed horror flick.  Other options for Easter horror include:

  • Peter Rottentail
  • Night of the Lepus
  • Ressurection
  • Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter

Thanksgiving

Yes, you can find killer turkeys.  And yes, this makes me very happy.  There are a surprising number of options although fair warning: some of these are ridiculously bloody for B-movie holiday horror.  The review is for ThanksKilling (the first one), but other options you might enjoy include:

  • Blood Freak
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Thanxgiving
  • ThanksKilling 2
  • ThanksKilling 3

One for the 4th of July

This list is short, sweet and simple. It's all about Uncle Sam.  Read more below!

Hope you enjoy this list and the reviews of some of my favorites - and if you love horror and aren't big on the holidays, just remember to jump right on in and enjoy!

Halloween: So Many Choices - Too Many Halloween Horror Movies

Trick 'r Treat [Blu-ray]
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I couldn't just go with the obviously titled "Halloween," could I? Besides, we're shooting for movies that are very directly tied into the holidays. This was one that I love. This is more of an anthology of horror shorts, all based on a Halloween night and going around important themes like urban legends, jack-o-lanterns, and the danger of strangers in costume. While "Satan's Little Helper" was a close second, this series involves very interesting stories that are well written, well acted, and have some inter-connecting themes that help to tie the entire thing together. I highly recommend this for any horror film collection, and there will be some great twists that keep you glued to this collection to see how it all ends. The ideal Halloween horror movie that is actually fully focused around the fact that it is Halloween. This is one that I watch every single October!

Take a look at the trailer to this great film

Christmas Horror Movies: We'll Go with Santa's Slay

Santa's Slay (Widescreen)
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Santa's Slay is everything you want out of a Christmas horror movie. Plenty of movies have someone in a Santa suit playing the slasher role, but former WCW wrestler Goldberg here plays the actual Santa Claus, who it turns out, is the son of Satan and only brings presents and good tidings because he got suckered into a gambling bet with an Angel 500 years ago. You know what happens after that 500 years is up? He gets to be his big bad self again - and he's looking to make up for five centuries of being nice. And the reindeer...they're B-movie gold scary. Great stuff, and this movie pulls off what you want to see: an extremely entertaining Christmas horror flick with a truly scary and hilarious Santa, including an awesome killing spree in a holiday themed strip club. Believe me, you'll enjoy this one!

Original Movie Trailer for Santa's Slay

My Bloody Valentine & Hey, Why Not April Fool's Day Horror?

My Bloody Valentine / April Fool's Day
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The main focus here is on "My Bloody Valentine," the original Valentine's Day horror movie, but hey since there was a two-fer which I'm guessing is the only April Fool's Day horror flick ever (okay directors here's your chance: that screams Trickster movie). While the re-make wasn't actually that bad, to me the original My Bloody Valentine was much better. Because of a big Valentine's Day dance in town all the safety precautions at the mine aren't set and many miners die. A crazed survivor warns them: no more dances or else. Just like always, eventually they stop listening and he has to make them remember...it's a good Valentine's Day romp through the horror genre. No idea if April Fool's Day is any good, but if it is, you're welcome :)

Trailer of the Original 1981 Horror Film My Bloody Valentine

Easter Horror - Surprising Number of Choices

Kottentail
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The best you can generally hope for from an Easter horror movie is a few gory deaths to really off set the natural campiness that is just going to be impossible to ignore. So here we are. Rabid toy bunnies that create a blood thirsty rabbit-human hybrid and we are off and on the run. Terrible puns? Check. Overly violent and gory deaths? Check. Some scenes so intentionally awful that they are fantastic horror B-movie camp. In other words, so hilariously awful that it's hilariously great. You want Easter horror? It's great!

But the Clip is from Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter - Much Easier to find on YouTube

Gotta' Go with Killer Turkeys in Blood Freak

ThanksKilling
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A talking killer turkey with a hilarious and crude tagline and a violent taste for blood. I can't believe you're asking me to describe more. Why haven't you already bought this DVD? This is crazy fun fan horror at its core, and the kickstarter campaigns to make the sequels proves it. This is a great movie that is a ton of fun, which you can see easily from the actual original trailer of ThanksKilling down below. This movie is what I call Bruce Campbell fun. Ridiculous, goofy, violent, and just great. Just freaking great. Really, the ideal Thanksgiving horror flick.

ThanksKilling Trailer - NSFW (language)

Even 4th of July

Uncle Sam [Blu-ray]
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It surprised me as much as anyone - but YES, there is an amazing horror flick all about the 4th of July and this one fully embraces what it is. Fireworks related deaths, a monster going after draft dodgers, lying politicians, and flag burners - it's exactly what you'd hope for in a zombie/monster gone vigilante on Independence Day. Everyone I know on the 4th is out and about having fun, so just consider this one a little bonus for the days leading up to the big day and brag about having a horror movie for literally every holiday out there!

Independence Day Horror: Uncle Sam Movie Trailer

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