The cruelest Santas in Christmas horror movies


After the list of 100 horror movies about the holiday season (Christmas: list of 100 Christmas horror movies), we report below the one consisting of 18 feature film titles or anthology episodes featuring the most dangerous and gory Santa Clauses.

In fact, exploiting the reassuring Santa Claus costume are vicious murderers, maniacs, psychopaths and returnees who will exterminate entire families, unfortunate loners, groups of friends or actual communities. Wearing Santa Claus costumes, unscrupulous villains, armed with any means, will make their way through people immersed in the colorful and joyful Christmas atmosphere. They will sneak into their victims' homes or crowded places to give vent to their madness or thirst for revenge.

Below, in no particular order, are the titles of the 18 Christmas horror movies featuring cruel Santa Claus:

  • Good Tidings, USA - 2016, Stuart W. Bedford

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  • One minute to midnight (Deadly Games), France - 1989, René Manzor
  • All Through the House, USA - 2015, Todd Nunes
  • Saint (Sint), Netherlands - 2010, Dick Maas
  • Christmas Slay, Great Britain, 2015, Steve Davis
  • Exceptional Transportation - A Christmas Story (Rare Exports), Finland/Norway/France - 2010, Jalmari Helander
  • Satan Claus, USA/Italy - 1996, Massimiliano Cerchi
  • Christmas Cruelty, Norway - 2013, Per-Ingvar Tomren and Magne Steinsvoll
  • Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Present, Japan - 2005, Yûdai Yamaguchi
  • Santa's Slay (2005), Canada - USA 2005, David Steiman
  • Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale, Spain - 2005, Paco Plaza
  • To All a Goodnight, USA - 1980, David Hess
  • Christmas Evil, USA - 1980, Lewis Jackson
  • Bloody Christmas (Silent Night, Deadly Night), USA - 1984, Charles Sellier
  • Silent Night, Canada/USA - 2012, Steven C. Miller
  • Santa Claws, USA - 1996, John A. Russo
  • Tales from the grave (Tales from the Crypt), UK - 1972, Freddie Francis
  • Midnight Tales (Tales from the Crypt), 1989, TV series, episode "It is through the whole house" ("And All Through The House"), Robert Zemeckis

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Barbara Torretti
Barbara Torretti
Editor and moderator of the DarkVeins community. Passionate about horror cinema, I also do reviews and interviews pertaining to the film, music and art circuit.


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