By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
To hear those sleigh bells jingling, going ring ting tingling will certainly hail the start of the holiday, but just how often do you hear boo during this season? Sometimes lovely weather on Christmas Eve will make the night right, but for horror enthusiasts, to wait for that final ray of light to fade is when it’s time to get some fright — just how anyone wants to celebrate is all in what they love the most.
To hear howls of strange beasts can make the eve all the more chilling.
Assembled here is a list of monster movies threatening the holiday season by tormenting unlucky mortals who come across their way. Sometimes the message is clear in these films: it’s to help unite divided families to fight against a common threat. In others, it’s to show how better a person can become when not isolated away from society. For the rest, a good horror tale helps make communities stronger. Slasher films featuring a deranged serial killer is its own special category and they tend to dominate other holiday lists. Some of the films in this list have a lesson to end with, but not all of them do. Some movies are just made to simply entertain.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Charles Dickens’ classic is the penultimate ghost story set around Christmas to watch or listen to on a merry holiday. In any form, from Disney’s animated retelling in Mickey’s Christmas Carol to Scrooged, the horror content remains the same and the best scene is when Scrooge confronts what isolation and being a miser can do unto oneself. This holiday has always been about fostering community spirit over exchanging gifts. This feeling is what makes this film a true gem instead of the movies that are rotten tomatoes — not all of them necessarily makes sense.