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From "Scrooged" To "Krampus", Here Are 15 Christmas Horror Films I Really Think You Should Watch

"Merry Redrum!"

Some people would rather enjoy jolly mayhem than Hallmark merriness, and there's nothing wrong with that!

From creepy Christmas tales, to scary stories using the holiday as a backdrop, here are 15 Christmas films that fans of horror are sure to enjoy:

1. Starting with the only holiday stop-motion movie that matters! The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect all-in-one holiday film.

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2. Next up, you cannot convince me that Scrooged ~wasn't~ intended to be nightmare fuel.

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3. We would be remiss to not include the OG (depending on who you ask) slasher flick, Black Christmas.

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4. Speaking of being a "grinch", we've included The Grinch, naturally.

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5. Pooka! may technically be an episode of a horror anthology series, however, it's Christmas-themed and 83 minutes long. So it's on the list!

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6. I need you to hear me out on this one, but Home Alone is a fantastic scary Christmas movie.

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7. Actually, here is Better Watch Out, which is essentially a version of Home Alone where the bad guys actually do get maimed.

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8. And if you're into a horror with fun music, then Anna and the Apocalypse is your flick!

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9. However, if you're looking for a more sombre "plague around Christmas" type of film, Silent Night is my suggestion.

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10. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Well, the demon in Krampus will let ya know!

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11. I would recommend Red Snow if you love seeing vampires, Christmas, and cartoonish blood splatters intersect!

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12. The Shining has been mentioned, and it got me thinking that yes, this film absolutely is a Christmas movie!

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13. But if you'd rather watch a cabin-fever horror that we *know* takes place at Christmas, then watch The Lodge.

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14. Again hear me out – if you watch The Nutcracker in 3D, you'll understand why it's terrifying.

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15. And lastly, Gremlins is THE Christmas horror movie to watch annually!

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Which of these holiday horrors will you watch this year? Let us know in the comments!