28 Christmas Horror Movies Ranked Worst to Best

Rudolph’s nose isn’t the only thing getting splashed with red this year!

Christmas is known for its tranquility and cheer, a seasonal reprieve from the ills of the world…making it of course a prime target of some nasty, very naughty movies. The killers in our guide to the 25 best- and worst-reviewed Christmas horror movies range from jilted psychos (Black Christmas) to fantastic beasts (Krampus) to even so-not-jolly St. Nick himself (Rare Exports). And naturally no ho-ho-horror holiday would be complete without the classics (Gremlins), alongside the new contenders banging on the window to get in (Better Watch Out, Anna and the Apocalypse).

Go ahead and make your list, check it twice, chances are you’re not surviving this holiday night! (And if you got an appetite for more holiday movies, see our list of the Best Christmas Movies of All Time)

#28
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a group of college students volunteer to stay in their dorm over break to help out with some work,... [More]

#27

Jack Frost (1996)
7%

#27
Adjusted Score: 7.009%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this low-budget horror outing, a psychopathic killer loses the last of his warm feelings for humanity after he is... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cooney

#26

ATM (2012)
12%

#26
Adjusted Score: 12.088%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After leaving their company Christmas Party together, David Hargrove and Emily Brandt's impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when... [More]

#25

Black Christmas (2006)
14%

#25
Adjusted Score: 15.458%
Critics Consensus: A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.
Synopsis: Billy, a young boy, was abused by his mother as a child. His mother cheated on Billy's father, and eventually... [More]
Directed By: Glen Morgan

#24
Adjusted Score: 18.743%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this horror sequel, the younger brother of the murderer in the previous film takes up his sibling's unfinished business.... [More]
Directed By: Lee Harry

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 21.13%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A suburban housewife heads out for a quick trip to the local mall, only to find herself trapped in the... [More]
Directed By: Susan Montford

#22

P2 (2007)
33%

#22
Adjusted Score: 34.753%
Critics Consensus: P2 is full of gore, but low on suspense, featuring a cat-and-mouse plot has been done many times before.
Synopsis: Angela, a corporate climber, gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security... [More]
Directed By: Franck Khalfoun

#21

Black Christmas (2019)
38%

#21
Adjusted Score: 42.019%
Critics Consensus: Better than the 2006 remake yet not as sharp as the original, this Black Christmas stabs at timely feminist themes but mostly hits on familiar pulp.
Synopsis: Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa... [More]
Directed By: Sophia Takal

#20
Adjusted Score: 44.132%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fangoria Presents unwraps Charles E Sallier Jr.'s 1984 holiday cult horror classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, in theaters this December!... [More]
Directed By: Charles E. Sellier Jr

#19

Wind Chill (2007)
46%

#19
Adjusted Score: 42.217%
Critics Consensus: Wind Chill is a ghost story with a clunky and unpolished script that fails to keep viewers in suspense.
Synopsis: During Christmas break, a young woman catches a ride home from a stranger she meets through a college ride board.... [More]

#18

Red Christmas (2017)
48%

#18
Adjusted Score: 46.265%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and... [More]
Directed By:

#17

Saint (2011)
55%

#17
Adjusted Score: 21.645%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Saint Nicholas is not the good-hearted children's friend as people think he is. In reality he is a cruel bloodthirsty... [More]
Directed By: Dick Maas

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 56.112%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this English film, a group of orphans visiting the home of a wealthy, retired singer (Shelley Winters) discover that... [More]
Directed By: Curtis Harrington

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 11.553%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A deranged psychopath returns from the grave in the form of a delicious but deadly treat in B-movie specialist Charles... [More]
Directed By: Charles Band

#14

Silent Night (2012)
64%

#14
Adjusted Score: 29.457%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King star as a small-town... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#13

Krampus (2015)
66%

#13
Adjusted Score: 70.422%
Critics Consensus: Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante's B- movie classics, even if it doesn't have quite the savage bite its concept calls for.
Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dougherty

#12

Black Christmas (1974)
71%

#12
Adjusted Score: 74.334%
Critics Consensus: The rare slasher with enough intelligence to wind up the tension between bloody outbursts, Black Christmas offers fiendishly enjoyable holiday viewing for genre fans.
Synopsis: Black Christmas is an effective, frightening above average slasher movie with a good cast and a frightening, surprise ending. Barb... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#11

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#11
Adjusted Score: 81.857%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter... [More]

#10

Dead End (2003)
75%

#10
Adjusted Score: 20.116%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A family making their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Grandmother's house finds their journey taking an ominous turn when they attempt... [More]

#9

Christmas Evil (1980)
75%

#9
Adjusted Score: 63.137%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A deranged department-store Santa becomes a cold-blooded killer in this taut psycho-thriller that spends time looking back at the poor... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Jackson

#8
Adjusted Score: 46.044%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia followed his outlandish sci-fi/horror debut, Accion Mutante, with this colorful apocalypse fantasy about Father... [More]
Directed By: Álex de la Iglesia

#7

The Children (2008)
76%

#7
Adjusted Score: 55.039%
Critics Consensus: Unsettling and spine-chilling low-budget British horror, with effective and disturbing scares.
Synopsis: A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.... [More]
Directed By: Tom Shankland

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 81.607%
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Directed By: John McPhail

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 80.867%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's the season of joy, peace, and goodwill... unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came... [More]

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 42.255%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes... [More]

#3

Gremlins (1984)
85%

#3
Adjusted Score: 90.673%
Critics Consensus: Whether you choose to see it as a statement on consumer culture or simply a special effects-heavy popcorn flick, Gremlins is a minor classic.
Synopsis: "Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This... [More]
Directed By: Joe Dante

#2

Better Watch Out (2017)
89%

#2
Adjusted Score: 90.937%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
Synopsis: This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion... [More]
Directed By: Chris Peckover

#1
Adjusted Score: 92.62%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

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