Why not? It’s still the Christmas Season. As I sit typing these words, it’s only the third of the twelve days. Three French hens! So, then, in ascending order:
5. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. This one isn’t a good movie. But, like Wes Craven’s LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which is also not a good movie, it is an important one. The pinnacle of the “killer Santa” subgenre. The others on this list are both good *and*, to varying degrees, important.
4. A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY. A little independent film that needs to be seen and appreciated by more people. And it has Krampus in it.
3. BLACK CHRISTMAS. This early Slasher flick is a classic in every sense of the word. Honorable mention goes to the recent remake, which really has little in common with the original but is nonetheless an entertaining film.
2. KRAMPUS. It’s no mean feat, outranking the previous entry, especially considering this movie’s recent pedigree. But yes, it’s that good.
1. GREMLINS. Yeah, there was no other choice for the top spot.
You will note that I did not include THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS on this list. Certainly a good film—nay, a great film—but not a straight Horror film. I will concede that it is Horror-adjacent. It’s a hybrid Horror and Children’s movie. One could argue the same applies to GREMLINS and KRAMPUS, but while those two do have some appeal to the Family crowd, their titular monsters have an innate nastiness that pushes their movies into the straight Horror category.