What Christmas Movie Is Scary?

When we think of Christmas movies, we typically envision heartwarming tales of love, family, and the holiday spirit. However, there are some films that take a darker turn and leave us feeling more haunted than happy. If you’re in the mood for a scare this holiday season, here are some Christmas movies that will send shivers down your spine.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This beloved Tim Burton classic is a perfect mix of creepy and festive. The story follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, as he discovers and tries to take over Christmas Town. The animation is stunningly spooky, with eerie characters like Oogie Boogie and the terrifyingly twisted Christmas gifts.

Black Christmas

If you’re looking for a straight-up horror movie set during the holidays, Black Christmas is an excellent choice. The film centers around a group of sorority sisters who are stalked by an unknown killer during their Christmas break. With its suspenseful plot and intense violence, Black Christmas is not for the faint of heart.


While not strictly a horror movie, Gremlins definitely has its fair share of scary moments. The story follows a young man who receives a strange creature called a Mogwai as a pet for Christmas. However, when he breaks the rules for taking care of it, chaos ensues as the Mogwai transforms into mischievous and dangerous gremlins.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

This Finnish film takes place in the Korvatunturi mountains where an excavation team discovers something very unusual beneath the surface – Santa Claus himself! However, this isn’t your typical jolly old elf – he’s more like an evil spirit who punishes naughty children. Rare Exports is delightfully creepy and visually stunning.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Black Christmas
  • Gremlins
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale


So if you’re tired of the same old sappy Christmas movies, give one of these scary films a try. Whether it’s the twisted animation of The Nightmare Before Christmas or the intense terror of Black Christmas, there’s something for every horror fan this holiday season. Just be prepared to have a few nightmares along with your candy canes!