9 Awesome Christmas Themed Short Horror Films You Must See!

Chris Savage

**[UPDATE]** As more and more Christmas themed shorts are created, I’ll be growing this list with the best that I can find, so enjoy and check out the festive mayhem below!

I’m pretty sure you guys have seen every single Christmas-themed horror movie known to man, and let’s be honest, you can only watch the same few over and over. So, here I bring to you 9 Christmas (or Holiday) horror shorts, that you may have seen before, if not, then please enjoy and have a safe Holiday (Christmas).

A Very Zombie Holiday

This one is basically a faux instructional video in the event of a zombie apocalypse during the Christmas period and how you can survive while still baking a pretty kickass pie. This one comes from Team Unicorn with Adam Green’s wife, Rileah Vanderbilt spearheading the short. I enjoyed it, and heck, I wish I was stuck with these ladies during the apocalypse.

Rare Exports Inc.

I couldn’t make a Christmas list without including Jalmari Helander Rare Exports. The same short from which the feature film was created from. However, if you haven’t seen the full film yet you may want to give this a miss as it spoils some of the film. Also, old-man jiggly bits aren’t something you want to see if you are of nervous disposition. If not, go right ahead and enjoy this Christmas gem!

Black Santa’s Revenge

Before there was Hobo With a Shotgun, there was David Walker’s blaxploitation mini-epic Black Santa’s Revenge which stars genre legend Ken Foree. It’s a little bit of grindhouse for your Holidays, please enjoy and hopefully one day we may see a feature film.


This one is aptly named Santa and features the classic Santa coming down the chimney although he is not after the cookies this time. This short film is directed by Manos Atzarakis. Oh, and did I mention that this one is freakin’ terrifying!?

My Name Is Kris Kringle

Here I bring to you Drew Daywalt’s My Name Is Kringle, a stellar little short which shows just what Santa does to those who have made it into his Naughty list. Prey you didn’t make the list!


Another short from someone who is no stranger around these parts is Jason Eisener’s Treevenge. Before Hobo With a Shotgun came about, Eisner unleashed the full fury of Christmas pine trees, they have had enough of becoming a decoration and now its time for revenge, Treevenge that is!

Cold Night

When you think of Christmas and especially Christmas horror, you think of Santa Claus and his wrath of evil. However, you’d be missing one vital evil during this time, the goblin! While your eyes are averted and waiting for jolly Saint Nick, the goblin has the perfect chance to sneak up on you and take you out, check out Michael Nicle’s short and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

A Luchagore Christmas

From Gigi Saul Guerrero and her team over at Luchagore Productions comes their little festive tale, A Luchagore Christmas. It’s disgusting, grotesque and utterly awesome! Set the fire, gather round and pray that this jolly old man doesn’t have you on his list.

The Winter Stalker

Last, but by no means least is the truly awesome and well produced short The Winter Stalker from Stephen Reedy. I don’t want to spoil this one, so I won’t say anything as anything I say will truly spoil it. :) Check it out and thanks for watching and have a safe and merry Christmas everyone!


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      1. Mersey Male December 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        I especially love the opening story from the 1972 Amicus movie Tales From The Crypt, where Joan Collins is menaced by a looney dressed in a Santa suit. Sheer brilliance. Pity they don’t make horror movie like this anymore. http://www.trueghoststories.co.uk

      2. James Daniel Massey December 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        Saw this years ago… Still love it!

      3. Matthew Smarr December 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

        Super duper! Thanks!!

      4. Natasha Willard December 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        I’m so excited to see Daywalt made the list. His other works are fine examples of how short films are enough to bring a good scare.

      5. Danielle Owens January 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

        The naughty list one was original and pretty damn good for a short film… hated that literally 3 minutes of it was credits, but whatever. The one simply titled Santa scared me more than half the movies out this year. lol.