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Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and cheer, but in these horror movies, Santa Claus is anything but jolly. From slasher films to demonic possession, these films feature a twisted take on the beloved holiday figure.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
This cult classic follows the story of Billy, a young man who is traumatized by the sight of his parents being murdered by a thief dressed as Santa. Years later, Billy becomes a killer Santa himself, stalking and slaying those who have been naughty.
Santa's Slay (2005)
In this satirical horror film, Santa is revealed to be a demon who lost a bet with an angel and was forced to deliver presents to good children for 1000 years. Now, the bet is over and Santa is free to wreak havoc on the world.
Black Christmas (1974)
This slasher film takes place in a sorority house during the holiday season, where a group of young women are stalked and killed by a mysterious figure, who may or may not be Santa.
Christmas Evil (1980)
In this psychological horror film, a man named Harry becomes obsessed with the idea of being the perfect Santa after a traumatic childhood experience. As he becomes more and more unhinged, Harry begins to punish those he deems "naughty" in gruesome ways.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
This Finnish horror comedy tells the story of a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain, where the real Santa Claus is said to reside. When a group of archaeologists uncover the frozen body of Santa, they soon discover that he is not the jolly old man they expected.
In this horror-comedy, a dysfunctional family's Christmas takes a turn for the worse when they accidentally summon the mythical creature Krampus, a horned beast who punishes those who have lost the holiday spirit.
This Dutch horror film, also known as "Saint," tells the story of "Sinterklaas," the Dutch version of Santa Claus, who is possessed by the devil and goes on a killing spree.
So the next time you sit down to watch a Christmas movie, be wary of any Santas with a sinister twist. While it may not be the most traditional way to celebrate the holiday season, these killer Santa movies are sure to add a unique (and terrifying) twist to your holiday viewing.