Horror Advent Calendar '18

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To get you in the Xmas spirit

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1. Krampus Origins (2018)

86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The first World War rages on when a group of American soldiers find a mysterious artifact that can summon the ancient evil of the Krampus. After the men are killed in action, the artifact ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Mbah | Stars: Maria Olsen, Anna Harr, Amelia Haberman, Katie Peabody

Votes: 179

December 1: Cuz nothing honors the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI like a POS movie about WWI soldiers summoning Krampus.

2. Better Watch Out (II) (2016)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

67 Metascore

On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it's far from a normal home invasion.

Director: Chris Peckover | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic

Votes: 22,734 | Gross: $0.02M

December 2: Watch this back-to-back with "Home Alone" for maximum Xmas home invasion sadism.

3. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey

Votes: 71,501 | Gross: $35.75M

December 3: Richard Gere looking confused while he tries to figure out what in the heck a "Mothman" is supposed to be is the gift that keeps on giving.

4. Follow (I) (2015)

TV-MA | 74 min | Horror, Thriller

A man who receives an early Christmas present from his girlfriend blacks out only to wake up in a terrifying nightmare.

Director: Owen Egerton | Stars: Haley Lu Richardson, Don Most, Olivia Grace Applegate, Noah Segan

Votes: 566

December 4: If your significant other gives you a gun for Xmas and flirtatiously asks you if you're a necrophiliac, just fucking run. I mean, come on.

5. Saint (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen, Huub Stapel

Votes: 8,046

December 5: Actually about Sinterklaas (a bit different than Santa, and he looks rad in this movie), so make like the Dutch and stuff your family members' shoes with candy and watch this on St. Nicholas Day.

6. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000 Video)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Mutant Killer Snowman returns to kill more people during Christmas

Director: Michael Cooney | Stars: Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Marsha Clark

Votes: 2,604

December 6: If you think the first one is terrible, just consider that this movie about an evil snowman takes place on a tropical island.

7. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan | Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoé De Grand Maison

Votes: 8,327

December 7: In case you have any bratty kids in your family that need to be put in their place, this anthology has segments to make them fear a variety of Xmas activities: picking a Xmas tree, playing with their relatives' expensive decorations, seeing Santa at the mall, etc.

8. The Children (2008)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 16,247

December 8: Actually, you know what, just don't even invite those kids.

9. Silent Night (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Rick Skene

Votes: 6,938 | Gross: $0.01M

December 9: This would go well with "Bad Santa" if you're into the whole "really shitty people getting their comeuppance on Xmas" theme.

10. Clinical (2017)

104 min | Horror, Thriller

A psychiatrist tries to put her life back together after a violent attack by seeking to repair the life of a new patient, but he has his own terrifying history.

Director: Alistair Legrand | Stars: Vinessa Shaw, Kevin Rahm, India Eisley, Aaron Stanford

Votes: 5,268

December 10: For those of you who are bound and determined to get an early start on your seasonal affective disorder this year.

11. Body (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion.

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen | Stars: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden

Votes: 1,544

December 11: Show this one to your friends when they try to drag you out of the house to do festive, social things this holiday season.

12. All Through the House (2015)

TV-MA | 88 min | Horror

A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town's most feared and notorious home.

Director: Todd Nunes | Stars: Ashley Mary Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring, Lito Velasco

Votes: 1,691

December 12: Here's a twisted, ultra-gory slasher for any of you who need to exorcise any psycho-sexual holiday-themed hangups. Also, why is Santa lingerie even a thing?

13. Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

52 Metascore

Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Jean-Luc Couchard

Votes: 10,891 | Gross: $0.00M

December 13: Maybe your family's Xmas ham isn't the best, but at least you don't have to spend Xmas dinner dressed up like the dead wife of the guy who crucified you the day before.

14. Red Christmas (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.

Director: Craig Anderson | Stars: Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrell, David Collins, Sarah Bishop

Votes: 1,533 | Gross: $0.00M

December 14: If you have any family members you'd like to permanently sever ties with this holiday season, be sure to recommend this utterly WTF abortion-themed slasher movie.

15. Wind Chill (2007)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Director: Gregory Jacobs | Stars: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan, Ned Bellamy

Votes: 20,731 | Gross: $0.02M

December 15: Use the plot of this movie as an excuse for why the roads are too bad for you to come to Xmas dinner.

16. Await Further Instructions (2018)

TV-MA | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A family's Christmas takes a strange turn when they awake to find themselves trapped inside and begin receiving mysterious instructions through the television.

Director: Johnny Kevorkian | Stars: Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Abigail Cruttenden, David Bradley

Votes: 5,095

December 16: If you're the type to ruin Xmas dinner by talking about MK-Ultra, chemtrails, and gangstalking, this is the Xmas movie for you.

17. A Christmas Tale (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Thriller

In 1985, in a coastal town, the friends Koldo, Peti, Tito, Eugenio and Moni stumble with a woman dressed like Santa Claus trapped in a hole in the woods. While to boys go to the police ... See full summary »

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Maru Valdivielso, Christian Casas, Roger Babià, Pau Poch

Votes: 1,449

December 17: At least you're not spending Xmas starving to death at the bottom of a pit while Spanish tweens mock you.

18. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 34,644

December 18: Nothing says holiday cheer like ultraviolent New French Extremity films.

19. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 23,732

December 19: Watch Laura Palmer's dad slowly unravel on the way to Xmas dinner.

20. The Gingerdead Man (2005)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

An evil yet adorable Gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer - this real life cookie monster wreaks havoc on the girl who sent the killer to the electric chair.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Gary Busey, Robin Sydney, Ryan Locke, Larry Cedar

Votes: 3,198

December 20: The absolute peak of Gary Busey's long and illustrious career.

21. Black Christmas (2006)

R | 84 min | Horror

22 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 23,052 | Gross: $16.24M

December 21: Your family might be fucked up, but at least you (presumably) don't have a father who is also your brother who is also a serial killer, and who makes cookies out of your mother's skin.

22. Sheitan (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A group of youngsters go out to a disco on Christmas Eve and accidentally run into a shepherd who has prepared himself for a night of pure insanity.

Director: Kim Chapiron | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Barthélémy, Roxane Mesquida, Nico Le Phat Tan

Votes: 7,984

December 22: If you've seen "It's a Wonderful Life" one too many times, might I suggest this French art-house horror about inbred devil worshippers?

23. Santa's Slay (2005)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. But when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.

Director: David Steiman | Stars: Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith, Emilie de Ravin, Robert Culp

Votes: 8,434

December 23: Definitely the best Xmas movie ever made that stars a Jewish former WWE Heavyweight Champion.

24. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 23,994 | Gross: $0.26M

December 24: Put this on when your family won't take the hint that it's time to leave. See how they like this movie where Santa's elves are portrayed as hordes of nude, feral old Finnish men.

25. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 55,726 | Gross: $42.59M

December 25: Finally one for the whole family. Pairs well with "Gremlins." Merry Xmas!

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