What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Christmas movies?”
Most of us would probably think of themes that are filled with laughter and joy— the common representation of popular Christmas films that people like to watch over the holidays. But who says Christmas has to be all nice and jolly?
If you’re tired of watching romcoms and children’s fantasies during Christmas, try giving your holiday watchlist a different kind of twist! Shake up your usual Christmas movie night routine and add up some spice to your holiday season with a Christmas horror movie! (Read: 3 Pinoy Horror Podcasts to Binge This Halloween)
Call the family and settle under a warm blanket as My Pope Philippines lists three must-watch movies that will give you that nightmare-before-Christmas vibe!
Christmas Horror Movies: Gremlins
When it comes to creepy Christmas movies, Steven Spielberg’s 1984 classic Gremlins will always be part of the list. While this movie started with mostly wholesome moments, the mini-monster mayhem will surely hunt you for the rest of the night. (Read: 3 Filipino Films Coming to Netflix This December)
The movie started with Randall Peltzer giving his son, Billy a high-maintenance mogwai Gizmo for Christmas. Turns out the cute little animatronic creature turns into a murderous hoard of tiny demons when drenched with water.
Christmas Horror Movies: Krampus
While some of the movies in this list embrace the classic traditions of the Yuletide season, Michael Dougherty’s 2015 comedy horror film Krampus sheds light on European mythology. Krampus — a half-goat, half-demon who punishes bad children during Christmas — is the complete opposite of Santa Claus who rewards the well-behaved kids with gifts.
Christmas Horror Movies: Better Watch Out
Better Watch Out is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Chris Peckover and written by Zack Kahn and Peckover. It follows the story of Ashley, a teenager who travels to a suburban home to babysit a 12-year-old child over the holidays. (Read: Bond over these Fun Holiday Films this Christmas!)
At the start, the movie comes across as just another wholesome holiday film— then, it switches gears to a higher level of unexpected fright as Ashley finds herself trapped in chaos after unwelcomed intruders threaten her and the young boy’s lives.