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Holiday Horror films

Over the last thirty years, moviegoers have endured countless films that carry the tag “slasher” – nearly all of them being direct descendants of two classic horror films, Bob Clark’s “Black Christmas” (1974) and John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” Since then, they’ve become an efficient source for studios to make quick cash, as they’re inexpensive to make and usually bring swift business year-round. A surefire way to get your slasher seen? Tie it to a holiday, in a move we see major studios trot out nearly every year. To that end, here’s a nearly-complete rundown of the holiday-themed horror flicks that have been shoveled our way over the years.

April Fool’s Day

April Fools Day (1986)

See also: April Fool’s Day (2008), Killer Party, Slaughter High.

Presidents Day

The Tripper (2006)

Valentine’s Day

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

See also: Valentine, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Hospital Massacre, Lover’s Lane.

New Years Day

Terror Train (1980)

See also: Steel Trap, Bloody New Year, The Shining, New Year’s Evil.

St. Patrick’s Day

Leprechaun (1993)

See also: Leprechaun 2 through 6.


Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! (2006)

Arbor Day

The Happening (2008)

May Day

The Wickerman (1973)

See also: God Told Me to


Halloween (1978)


Silent Night, Bloody Night (1974)

See also: To All A Good Night, Don’t Open Till Christmas, Jack Frost, Santa Claws, Silent Night Deadly Night, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Gremlins 2, Black Christmas, Christmas Evil

Special mention to Memorial Day and Uncle Sam.