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The jolly fat man that breaks into homes all over the world each year, delivering toys on Christmas eve, has a history all his own. We all know him best as the bearded toy maker in his red suit with companion reindeers, but his actual history dates back to the third century where he was better-known as St. Nicholas. He was a monk in Patara, found in modern-day Turkey. His legend has stretched and expanded over the years, but his overall mission remained the same. He would travel and visit with the poor and sick, as well as save those caught in slavery, all while delivering toys to children as well.

It is fun to celebrate the holidays and to embrace Santa Claus, but putting a murderous spin on the character can be fun too. It’s not all about Krampus. Who says a Christmas film has to be all about ‘Children nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads’? So, for the horror enthusiast whose fanhood is year-round, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a little merry-time mayhem. Check out these killer Santa movies and let us know what you think because, ‘tis the season’!

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  1. Santa Claws (1996)

About: A movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan, dressed as Santa Claus, who is determined to claim her for himself.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCl0LDRVYE8[/embedyt]

  1. Tales From the Crypt: And All Through the House (1972)

About: A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa Claus is on the loose.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlNG5rWNokk[/embedyt]

  1. Christmas Evil: You Better Watch Out (1980)

About: A toy factory worker who, upon learning as a child that Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a ‘Yuletide’ killing spree.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaFWvfQctg4[/embedyt]

  1. Black Christmas (1974)

About: A group of sorority girls, during Christmas break, are stalked by a deranged stranger dressed as Santa Claus [this title also had a reboot in 2006 (trailer)].

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6JuJHmVsh4[/embedyt]

  1. Sint (2010)

About: St. Nicholas is depicted as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon, every December 5.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYCBKgzuNak[/embedyt]

  1. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

About: A tormented teenager, after his parents are murdered and he is abused at an orphanage, goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa Claus.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiK-8utQ74[/embedyt]

  1. Santa’s Slay (2005)

About: Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. However, when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0nDG91hVu0[/embedyt]

  1. All Through the House (2015)

About: A deranged masked ‘Santa-Slayer’ comes to town for some yuletide terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town’s most-feared and notorious home.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88A5sj4nFFs[/embedyt]

  1. Silent Night (2012)

About: The police force of a remote midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhLw3GmHQqA[/embedyt]

  1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

About: In the depths of the Korvatunturi Mountains lies the closest ever-guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas, everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RQlikX4vvw[/embedyt]

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Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder and marathoner.