You can't make a list of holiday-horror movies and not include the film that started it all: John Carpenter's Halloween. This is the film that spawned all of the other slasher, holiday-themed movies that followed. The story centers around a young babysitter, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who is stalked by a masked man on Halloween night. The man is her brother, Michael Myers (this isn't revealed until the sequel), who is intent on finishing the job he started 25 years prior, killing horny teens along the way. The movie has a killer theme song, an awesome mask, and an unsettling feel to it. It's definitely one of the best horror films of all time.
Friday the 13th:
Ah, the creation of the hockey-masked killer who prays on kids at camp. As if sleeping away from home in the middle of the woods isn't scary enough, Sean Cunningham had to bring us, Friday the 13th, the movie about a mother taking revenge on unsuspecting camp counselors for the death of her handicapped son, Jason. The movie has been spoofed and copied by many over the years but there is only one slasher-sexfest that did it first and did it right.Plus, the movie has Kevin Bacon! And don't tell me you don't get the urge to watch this movie whenever Friday the 13th actually rolls around.
Tales From the Crypt (1972):
I know what you're thinking: why the hell is Tales from the Crypt on this list? It isn't exactly a holiday movie but there is a particular segment in the film that I ALWAYS think of whenever I see a mall Santa. This movie follows five different stories, told by a crypt keeper, as he explains to five strangers how they died. The story, All Through the House, starring Joan Collins, is the segment of the film that always manages to scare the crap out of me. The story follows a greedy woman who decides to kill her husband on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, a serial killer, dressed as Santa, has escaped from a mental hospital and is on the loose. The woman hears a broadcast warning about the escaped psychopath, and spots him lurking around her property. In fear of being caught with her husband's dead body, the woman refrains from calling the police. Just when the woman thinks she's safe, her daughter, thinking the man is actually Santa, lets the man in their house. The woman receives her karma in the hands of the crazy Santa as he wraps them around her throat. Oh, the holidays.
Silent Night, Deadly Night:
April Fool's Day:
The 1986 slasher is actually really clever and it got a lot of hate for "not being a horror". The movie tells the story of nine college buddies who are staying at a friend's mansion on April Fool's weekend. One by one the group begins to be killed off. However; the shocking twist is revealed that it was all just a joke! No one actually was murdered in the movie because the entire plot was a setup. I think that people just hated it because they were duped and didn't want to admit it. Oh, well.
My Bloody Valentine 3D:
This brutal 1980 Troma film depicts the story of three best friends who are enjoying themselves on their annual camping trip in the woods. The fun is put to a halt when two mentally disturbed hillbillies kidnap the girls and bring them back to their home to meet their equally crazy mother. Mommy dearest encourages her boys to rape, torture and murder the girls and turn the situation into a family affair! The cult hit was recently remade and is set to release in May 2012.
Happy Birthday to Me:
This slasher follows a serial killer in a track suit and a fencing mask as he kills off the stars of the school track team, one by one. All of the grisly murders lead up to the climactic moment in every high school student's life: Graduation Day.
That concludes my list of holiday-horror movies. There are plenty more because after the success of Halloween, production companies pretty much tried making money off of every holiday that they could think of. Except Easter. Hmm, maybe I've got something there. Anyway, there were way too many for me to name and if you didn't see your favorite on the list, just comment below!