As the gift-giving frenzy of the upcoming Christmas season heats up, it seems that us horror fans are being mostly left behind this month. With just a few noteworthy DVD releases, and a handful of intriguing additions to Netflix Streaming, the month of December seems to be a barren wasteland for horror fans. So, for a little something special, I decided to add a short list of some favorites for the holiday season at the end! Please enjoy, and remember if you decide to purchase any of these recommendations through Amazon, please do so through the added links to help support your favorite horror site with no extra cost to you!
Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town determined to protect the Coven and hell bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
Teenagers Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) look forward to a carefree summer, but the murder of a neighbor leads to a terrifying encounter with the supernatural. After breaking into the neighbor’s apartment, Jesse and Hector find a collection of ritualistic art and other bizarre items. Jesse takes a journal of occult writings and soon after finds a strange mark on his arm. His subsequent erratic behavior leads Jesse’s friends and family to the realization that he is possessed.
Based on a couple of creative short films that explored the sinister side of Santa Claus, this fine film from Finland has it all. Find my full write up about this modern classic here, and be sure and add this one to this list of heartwarming holiday films to watch each December.
Of course we have all seen The Shining a million times, but there is something new to be found and enjoyed upon every viewing, even if Stephen King hates it. One of the classic horror films of all time. Check out this rare trailer below. Can you imagine seeing this in a theater in 1979?
What list of classic holiday horrors would be complete without the masterpiece that is Gremlins? One of the first movies I remember truly scaring me as a child, this one will never get old to me. So much mischievous fun!