Tis the season where everyone is complaining about the campy, feel-good movies taking over TV and our Netflix queues. I like holiday movies as much as the next guy, but you can really only watch Love Actually so many times before things get dark. So, here are a handful of movies that I like that should put you in the holiday spirit!
Black Christmas (2006)
So, you can (and should) watch the 1974 film — it falls somewhere between remake and sequel. You don’t have to. I just happen to really enjoy Michelle Trachtenberg’s stuff, post-Buffy. It’s a fairly traditional slasher film that was released on Christmas day and was less than loved by religious groups for it.
Salvage was a low budget horror film that didn’t have a very wide distribution. It’s violent and disturbing, and takes place during some type of emergency that has a neighborhood isolated.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
If you’re looking for something a little more classy, here’s another slasher film for your holiday viewing pleasure. This one is a bit of a cult classic. It’s all about a holiday murder spree. Who can really argue with that?
Dude. This might be one of the finest horror/comedy holiday films *ever*. It’s suitable for children and old people, and serves as a cautionary tale about not being an idiot and killing everyone.
There are more that people love to bring up, like Jack Frost and Silent Night, Bloody Night or Christmas Slay. Most of those don’t really do it for me, though.