Halloween is well and truely over. All the decorations have gone into storage for next year and people are setting up for Christmas. If you're in Australia like I am, you probably noticed the Christmas decorations adorning the malls before Halloween even hit.
Which is kind of the worst for a Halloween junkie like myself. Excuse me, leave your tinsel until after the pumpkins go bad and weird fruit flies start eating them from the inside out.
I don't really celebrate Christmas, or really any other kind of holiday other than Halloween. When you don't have a significant other and your family doesn't really have any traditions, and you're kind of poor, it's always best to avoid these kind of holidays all together.
But if you simply must do something somewhat Christmas-y, there is a way that you can still inject your Halloween spirit into this festive time. One of my favourite ways to do just that is to watch some Christmas horror movies.
Yes, these actually exist. Check out this list below for some spooktastic Christmas flavour:
The advertisement in the movies made Krampus seem like any other Christmas movie, but boy did it surprise! Starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott, Krampus retells the classic tale of a festive demon who is accidentally summoned to a family home by a boy who is really not digging the forced holiday fun. The disillusioned young boy accidentally sets his beloved holiday icon onto his dysfunctional extended family, forcing them to fight for each other as they try to survive.
Krampus is awesome because you actually don't really know what's coming. You think you have the classic horror trope down, but this Christmas haunting takes everything on a brand new spin in a pretty epic way. Plus, Adam Scott is in it, and Adam Scott can't really do anything wrong.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Since it's release in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a cult favourite and an instant Christmas classic. As a stopmotion animated movie created by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington, the elegantly suited pumpkin king of Halloweentown. Growing restless of the Halloween traditions, Jack Skellington incidentally discovers Christmas Town and in his attempts to bring Christmas to Halloween cause mischief and mayhem, Jack soon is forced to save Christmas from himself.
Beautifully crafted, well scripted and with amazing music The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beloved classic watched every Christmas for those with a heart that's a little more darker than the average caroller.
The 2006's Black Christmas is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name and while it is honestly not a good horror movie in any way it deserves a mention for being a Christmas themed horror movie, but also for the steller cast who are killed, tortured and attacked throughout the movie. I'm talking Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Michelle Trachtenberg, Supernatural's Katie Cassidy, 10 Cloverfield Lane's Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mean Girl's Lacey Chabert, and Scream Queen's Oliver Hudson. The casting is honestly a 90's scream queen's wet dream.
But like I said, it's not a good movie. An escaped and abused maniac with a tortured past returns to his childhood home for Christmas, only to find his former house is now a sorority house on a university campus homing sorority girls getting ready for a party. Disturbed by the events of his past and the future of his home, the killer goes on a rampage and kills the sorority sisters one by one. Honestly, this sounds like the kind of horror movie I would love, but the execution of the actual film and the production fell unfortunately flat.
But hey, the idea is to put the spooky into Christmas, so who needs a good Christmas movie when you can have a bad Christmas-themed horror movie?