Holiday horror

Holiday-themed horror films or holiday horror are a horror subgenre of films set during holidays. Holiday horror films can be presented in short or long formats, and typically utilize common themes, images, and motifs from the holidays during which they are set, often as methods by which the villain may murder their victims.[1][2]

Film scholars Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay explain the subgenre as such: "The expression "adding insult to injury" is an excellent encapsulation of the motivation behind the horror movie obsession with holidays (aside from the obvious desire to brand a killer with a theme and costume that can be revisited many times within a lucrative film franchise). The holiday is a place for happiness and family... The horror movie loves nothing more than irony (except perhaps a good death scene), and there is very little more ironic than the fear and isolation of a horror movie taking place right in the middle of the festivities."[3]

List of films

The following is a list of holiday horror films that depict or are set during a holiday or holiday season.

Key
Valentine's Day films Films that feature St. Valentine's Day
April Fools' Day films Films that feature April Fools' Day
Halloween films Films that feature Halloween
Thanksgiving films Films that feature Thanskgiving
Christmas films Films that feature Christmas
X Films that feature New Year's Eve

1970s

Year Film Country Holiday(s) Notes Ref.
1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? United Kingdom Christmas tree 02.svg
1972 Tales from the Crypt United Kingdom Christmas tree 02.svg Emojione 1F498.svg [4]
1972 Home for the Holidays United States Christmas tree 02.svg Television film
1972 Silent Night, Bloody Night United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1974 Black Christmas Canada Christmas tree 02.svg
1975 Night Train Murders Italy Christmas tree 02.svg
1978 Halloween United States Emoji u1f383.svg [5]

1980s

Year Film Country Holiday(s) Notes Ref.
1980 To All a Goodnight United States Christmas tree 02.svg [6]
1980 Christmas Evil United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1980 New Year's Evil United States X
1981 My Bloody Valentine Canada Emojione 1F498.svg
1981 Halloween II United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1981 Home Sweet Home United States Emojione 1F342.svg
1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1982 Trick or Treats United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1982 X-ray United States Emojione 1F498.svg
1984 Don't Open till Christmas United Kingdom Christmas tree 02.svg
1984 Gremlins United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1985 The Midnight Hour United States Emoji u1f383.svg Television film [7]
1986 April Fool's Day United States Noto Emoji KitKat 1f601.svg [8]
1986 Killer Party Canada/United States Noto Emoji KitKat 1f601.svg [9]
1986 Slaughter High United Kingdom/United States Noto Emoji KitKat 1f601.svg [10]
1986 Trick or Treat United States Emoji u1f383.svg [11]
1987 Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1987 Blood Rage United States Emojione 1F342.svg
1987 Bloody New Year United Kingdom X
1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1988 Night of the Demons United States Emoji u1f383.svg [12]
1989 3615 code Père Noël France Christmas tree 02.svg
1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1989 Elves United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1989 Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! United States Christmas tree 02.svg

1990s

Year Film Country Holiday(s) Notes Ref.
1990 Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation United States Christmas tree 02.svg Direct-to-video
1991 Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker United States Christmas tree 02.svg Direct-to-video
1994 Night of the Demons 2 United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1995 Jack-O United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1996 Santa Claws United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1997 Intensity United States Emojione 1F342.svg Television film [13]
1997 Night of the Demons 3 United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1997 Jack Frost United States Christmas tree 02.svg
1998 Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County United States Emojione 1F342.svg Television film [14]
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later United States Emoji u1f383.svg
1999 Lovers Lane United States Emojione 1F498.svg Direct-to-video [15]

2000s

Year Film Country Holiday(s) Notes Ref.
2000 Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2001 Valentine United States Emojione 1F498.svg
2001 The Christmas Season Massacre United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2002 Halloween: Resurrection United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2003 Dead End United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2004 Hellbent United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2004 Satan's Little Helper United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2005 The Gingerdead Man United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2005 Santa's Slay United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2006 Halloween Night United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2006 Black Christmas United States Christmas tree 02.svg Remake of 1974 film [16]
2006 Séance United States Emojione 1F342.svg [17]
2007 April Fools United States Noto Emoji KitKat 1f601.svg Direct-to-video [18]
2007 Halloween United States Emoji u1f383.svg Remake of 1978 film
2007 Wind Chill United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2007 Trick 'r Treat United States Emoji u1f383.svg [19]
2007 Inside France Christmas tree 02.svg
2008 April Fool's Day United States Noto Emoji KitKat 1f601.svg Remake of 1986 film
2008 The Children United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2008 Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2008 Pontypool Canada Emojione 1F498.svg [20]
2008 ThanksKilling United States Emojione 1F342.svg
2009 My Bloody Valentine United States Emojione 1F498.svg Remake of 1981 film [21]
2009 Halloween II United States Emoji u1f383.svg Sequel to 2007 remake.
2009 Deadly Little Christmas United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2009 Silent Night, Zombie Night United States Christmas tree 02.svg

2010s

Year Film Country Holiday(s) Notes Ref.
2010 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Finland Christmas tree 02.svg
2010 Sint The Netherlands Christmas tree 02.svg
2011 The Melancholy Fantastic United States Christmas tree 02.svg Re-released in 2016 as Doll in the Dark
2011 Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2012 Silent Night United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2013 All Hallows' Eve United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2013 Christmas Cruelty! Norway Christmas tree 02.svg [22]
2013 Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2014 Kristy United States Emojione 1F342.svg [23]
2015 All Through the House United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2015 A Christmas Horror Story United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2015 Krampus United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2015 Krampus: The Reckoning United States Christmas tree 02.svg Direct-to-video [24]
2015 Red Christmas Australia Christmas tree 02.svg
2015 Tales of Halloween United States Emoji u1f383.svg
2016 Krampus Unleashed United States Christmas tree 02.svg Direct-to-video [25]
2017 Better Watch Out Australia/United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2017 Mercy Christmas United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2017 Anna and the Apocalypse United Kingdom/United States Christmas tree 02.svg
2018 Halloween United States Emoji u1f383.svg

References

  1. ^ Vander Kaay & Fernandez-Vander Kaay 2016, p. 99.
  2. ^ Baker, Tom "10 Ridiculous Holiday Horror Films", What Culture, 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ Vander Kaay & Fernandez-Vander Kaay 2016, pp. 98–9.
  4. ^ Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 pp. 84-93.
  5. ^ Vander Kaay & Fernandez-Vander Kaay 2016, p. 16.
  6. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "To All a Goodnight (1980) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Collis, Clark (October 1, 2017). "Hatchet and Victor Crowley director picks the perfect Halloween movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Muir 2012, p. 298.
  9. ^ "Killer Party". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  10. ^ Paul, Zachary (1 April 2017). "Through the Cracks: April Fool's Edition – Slaughter High". bloody-disgusting.com. Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ Muir 2012, p. 548.
  12. ^ Muir 2012, p. 682.
  13. ^ Shales, Tom (5 August 1997). "Fox's Intensity: A Deadly Sin". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ Zachary, Paul (23 November 2017). "Through the Cracks Thanksgiving Edition: Incident in Lake County". bloody-disgusting.com. Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  15. ^ Condit, Jon (8 July 2005). "Lover's Lane (1999)". dreadcentral.com. Dread Central. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  16. ^ Jones 2010, p. 252.
  17. ^ "Séance (2006)". allmovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  18. ^ Condit, Jon (10 September 2007). "DVD Releases: Double Feature A Go-Go!". dreadcentral.com. Dread Central. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
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  22. ^ Lauren Rosewarne (2017). Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural. Lexington Books. p. 320. ISBN 9781498541817. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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Works cited

  • Jones, Alan-Bertaneisson (2010). Fright Xmas. AuthorHouseUK. ISBN 978-1-452-06199-3.
  • Muir, John Kenneth (2012). Horror Films of the 1980s. 1. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-47298-7. OCLC 840902442.
  • Vander Kaay, Chris; Fernandez-Vander Kaay, Kathleen (2016). Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-476-62283-5.
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