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    25 Horror Christmas Movies Ranked From Worst To Best According To Rotten Tomatoes

    For anyone who's more into dreadful frights than silent nights.

    When I say "Christmas movie" you probably think of things like Macaulay Culkin, Bing Crosby, and ghosts of Christmas past, right?

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    Well, GUESS WHAT? Not all holiday films are shiny and bright. Because there's actually a genre called Christmas Horror and these movies are perfect for anyone who's more into dreadful frights than silent nights.

    And thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, we now have the perfect list of Christmas Horror films — here they are ranked from worst to best:

    25. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

    Manson International

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

    Synopsis: In this horror sequel, the younger brother of the murderer in the previous film takes up his sibling's unfinished business. Dressed up as Santa Claus, the young man goes on a killing spree, murdering the innocent townsfolk in a variety of gory and gruesome ways.

    Watch it on YouTube for $1.99.

    24. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)

    New Image Releasing

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

    Synopsis: When a group of college students volunteer to stay in their dorm over break to help out with some work, they soon discover that they are being stalked by a gruesome and innovative killer.

    Watch it on YouTube.

    23. Jack Frost (1997)

    A-Pix Entertainment, Inc.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

    Synopsis: In this low-budget horror outing, a psychopathic killer loses the last of his warm feelings for humanity after he is involved in a freak accident.

    Watch it on Amazon for $4.99.

    22. ATM (2012)

    IFC Films

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%

    Synopsis: After leaving their company Christmas Party together, David Hargrove and Emily Brandt's impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when their coworker, Corey, asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM.

    Watch it on Showtime for free or Amazon for $3.99.

    21. Black Christmas (2006)

    Dimension Films

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

    Synopsis: A remake about a group of sorority sisters consisting live in the childhood home of an abused murderer. They find themselves being harassed by threatening and intimidating mystery phone calls during Christmas break.

    Watch it on Amazon for $2.99.

    20. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

    TriStar Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

    Synopsis: Tells the tale of Billy Chapmen, orphaned at 5 after witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of a Santa suit-clad madman on Christmas Eve. Now 18 and out of the brutal grip of orphanage nuns, Billy is forced to confront his greatest fear, sending him on a rampage, leaving a crimson trail in the snow behind him.

    Watch it on YouTube for $1.99.

    19. While She Was Out (2008)

    Anchor Bay Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

    Synopsis: A suburban housewife heads out for a quick trip to the local mall, only to find herself trapped in the forest and forced to fend for herself against four murderous hooligans.

    Watch it on Amazon for $3.99.

    18. P2 (2007)

    Summit Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%

    Synopsis: Angela, a corporate climber, gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

    Watch it on Vudu for free or Amazon for $2.99.

    17. Red Christmas (2017)

    Umbrella Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

    Synopsis: Matriarch Diane has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and domestic drama, they receive a visit from a mysterious stranger.

    Watch it on Netflix.

    16. Wind Chill (2007)

    TriStar Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 48%

    Synopsis: During Christmas break, a young woman catches a ride home from a stranger she meets through a college ride board. Racing to beat a severe winter storm, the two young travelers take a shortcut down a remote country road, only to find themselves forced into a snow bank by a mysterious vehicle that engages them in a dangerous game of chicken.

    Watch it on Amazon for $3.99.

    15. Saint (2011)


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

    Synopsis: Saint Nicholas is not the good-hearted children's friend as people think he is. In reality he is a cruel bloodthirsty bishop who, whenever there's a full moon on Dec. 5, will try to slaughter as many children as possible.

    Watch it on Hulu for free or Amazon for $3.99.

    14. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

    American International Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

    Synopsis: A group of orphans visiting the home of a wealthy, retired singer discover that the woman is hiding a disturbing secret.

    Watch it on Amazon for $4.99.

    13. The Gingerdead Man (2005)

    Full Moon Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

    Synopsis: A deranged psychopath returns from the grave in the form of a delicious but deadly treat in B-movie specialist Charles Band's bloody tale of baked goods gone bad.

    Watch it on Amazon for $1.99.

    12. Silent Night (2012)

    Anchor Bay Films

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

    Synopsis: In a loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night, a small-town sheriff and deputy go on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve.

    Watch it on Starz for free or YouTube for $1.99.

    11. Krampus (2015)

    Universal Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

    Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

    Watch it on Amazon for $2.99.

    10. Black Christmas (1974)

    Warner Bros.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

    Synopsis: Barb and Jess are lonely sorority sisters who are having a Christmas party in their sorority house during the Christmas break. Peter is a mad-killer who terrorizes the women by making threatening telephone calls.

    Watch it on Showtime for free or YouTube for $2.99.

    9. The Children (2008)

    Ghost House Underground

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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

    Watch it on Amazon for $3.99.

    8. El Día de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast) (1999)

    Trimark Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

    Synopsis: A colorful apocalypse fantasy about Father Angel, a scholarly priest whose intensive research into cabalistic "Bible Code" prophecies leads to a horrific discovery: the exact birthdate of the Antichrist.

    Watch it on YouTube for $3.99.

    7. Dead End (2003)

    Lions Gate Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

    Synopsis: A family making their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Grandmother's house finds their journey taking an ominous turn when they attempt to take an unfamiliar shortcut.

    Buy it on Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

    Image Entertainment

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Synopsis: Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town.

    Watch it on Amazon for $0.99.

    5. Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)

    Orion Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

    Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven — at Christmas — forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones.

    Watch it in theaters now.

    4. Christmas Evil (1980)

    Pan American Pictures

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    Synopsis: A deranged department-store Santa becomes a cold-blooded killer in this taut psycho-thriller that spends time looking back at the poor fellow's life.

    Watch it on YouTube.

    3. Gremlins (1984)

    Warner Bros.

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

    Synopsis: "Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results.

    Watch it for free on Hulu or on Amazon for $3.99.

    2. Better Watch Out (2017)

    Well Go USA

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

    Synopsis: Babysitter Ashley must defend her young charges when intruders break into the house one snowy night — or so she thinks.

    Watch it on Amazon for $3.99.

    1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

    FS Film Oy

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Synopsis: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town.

    Watch it on Amazon for $3.99.

    Seasons screamings!

    Universal Pictures