8 Christmas Horror Movies From 'Gremlins' to 'Anna and the Apocalypse'

Top-grossing holiday shock-fests that have inspired ho-ho-horror — before this month’s “Black Christmas” remake


A look at top-grossing holiday shock-fests that have inspired ho-ho-horror — before this month’s “Black Christmas” remake

8. “Silent Night” (2012)  Opening: $9,779Cumulative: $14,567Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Donal Logue star in the film about a murderous Santa who picks off people one by one.

7. “Better Watch Out” (2016) Opening: $12,569 Cumulative: $20,369Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must protect a 12-year-old boy after a home invasion while his parents are out at a holiday party.

6. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010)  Opening: $9,281Cumulative: $236,347The film follows a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.

5. “Anna and the Apocalypse” (2018)Opening: $52,588  Cumulative: $545,597 In this comedic musical with grossout touches, a teenager and her friends ward off the zombie apocalypse when it comes at Christmas-time. 

4. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984)  Opening: $1.4 million  Cumulative: $2.5 millionIn the slasher film, a young boy loses his parents and years later becomes a spree killer in a Santa costume.

3. “Black Christmas” (2006)  Opening: $3.7 million  Cumulative: $16.3 millionMichelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert and Katie Cassidy star in the slasher film about sorority girls getting murdered one by one.

2. “Krampus” (2015)  Opening: $16.3 million  Cumulative: $42.7 millionA boy in a dysfunctional family turns his back on Christmas — and accidentally unleashes a demon force as a result.

1. “Gremlins” (1984)  Opening: $12.5 million  Cumulative: $148.2 millionThe movie follows a young boy who breaks rules and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters.
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