I have been a fan of holiday horror since I first watched Black Christmas with my eyes closed at just 9 years old. Again, where were my parents? Well, right next to me, of course. So, my introduction to vacation horror was introduced, and my entire interest in the best subgenre of all time is about to fade.
From evil gingerbread men coming to life to an ancient yuletide creature that terrorizes children at Christmas, holiday horror arrives on different holidays and uses a cauldron of different themes. And while Eli Roth’s upcoming slasher extravaganza Thanks certainly not the first of its kind in terms of holiday horror, it’s certainly been extended.
But seeing as horror movies are usually associated with Halloween, most people think that horror movies related to Christas, Thanksgiving, or even the 4th of July are nonsensical garbage – and I’m here to tell them that they are wrong. You see, horror is all subjective – meaning whatever floats your proverbial boat (“Hi, Georgie!”).
I mean, holiday horror has become so popular over the years that people have even entertained the idea of turning regular holiday movies and turning them into horror movies. Think about it — Kevin McCallister from At home alone set up booby traps that could easily kill the burglars? That’s a horror villain in the making. Or maybe the sequel to that A Christmas Story? I shudder just thinking about it.
So, instead of spooks and scares happening throughout the year, let’s celebrate holiday horrors — specifically, toys with the terrifying notion of scaring people — during the most joyous time of the year. With Christmas themes focused on shopping in malls for hours while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa, holiday horrors come full circle like a hawk attacking a mouse to change the landscape and turn the realm of horror on its head.
And, honestly, that thought isn’t that far fetched when you think about it. For some people, the holidays – especially Christmas – are reminders of sadness, loneliness and insufficient income. So how do horror movies tap into those emotions? Well, monsters, entities, or masked perpetrators usually make their presence felt in a vision of horror and terrorize characters already down in the dumps. Now that’s just bad.
And no, I’m definitely not going to sit here and act like these certain horror movies are cinematic gems. It’s quite the opposite, in fact, as a strong majority of these scary flicks are low-budget projects that simply exist to provide a healthy dose of entertainment rather than score a handful of Oscar gold. I mean, honestly, let’s just look at some of these: Santa is dead. Jack Frost (no, not the tearful Michael Keaton). Krampus. Evil Christmas. I could go on, and I know you want me to, but you get the point – these movies are a lot of fun.
So while there are too many subgenres in horror to enjoy – including zombies, the supernatural, and home invasion thrillers – I will simply die on the hill of holiday horror as the best subgenre, and I am tired of pretending it’s not. .
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