It’s the season to be naughty. If there’s a recurring staple that takes up more space in holiday horror than any other, it’s the killer Santa Claus. It is logical. After all, he sees you when you’re asleep, and he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for God’s sake! And the killer Santa subgenre returns in full swing this year.
This week brings the theatrical release of violent nightand ushers in next week’s killer robot movie Christmas Bloody Christmas. So this week’s streaming picks keep the Christmas spirit alive with five horror movies centered around the Killer Santa.
Here’s where you can stream these five Killer Santa horror movies this week.
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Deadly games – AMC+, shudder
Also known as 36.15 Santa code and Call Code Sinterklaas, this French horror film was doomed to obscurity because until recently it was only available on hard-to-find bootleg VHS. It follows the young computer-loving Thomas, a boy who is home alone with his grandfather on Christmas Eve. It’s a quiet evening until a crazed, bloodthirsty Santa pops down the chimney. Released a year earlier Home alone, the plot has an uncanny resemblance as Thomas booby traps his house to fend off the intruder. The crucial difference is that Deadly games lean hard in horror, bring the pain and the bloodshed that Home alone wouldn’t dare. A creepy Santa, a surprising danger to his young protagonist and a bad fall in the holiday environment make for an unexpected holiday favorite.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Story – AMC+, Hulu, Pluto TV, Shudder, Tubi
A holiday horror story that harkens back to the dark roots of Santa Claus. This Norwegian fantasy horror follows Pietari, a boy whose belief in Santa Claus is the one thing that will save everyone when an archaeological dig uncovers the real thing. Too bad the real thing is the stuff of nightmares. Dirty elves galore, reindeer, gingerbread and a monstrous version of Santa bring fun and mayhem to the holiday season. If you’re looking for a charming holiday horror movie that goes big with holiday motifs and iconography, albeit in a twisted way, this pick is for you.
Not in the mood for atmospheric haunted house fare? Leave it to Dick Maas, the mind behind it Amsterdam, to turn the Christmas spirit into a slasher. On the full moon of December 5, the murderous evil spirit of Sinterklaas comes to town to unleash terror and mayhem along with his zombie-like Black Peters. It’s exactly the kind of crazy fun you’d expect from Maas, this time with an irreverent holiday twist. It’s as funny as it is gory, with solid effects. Just don’t take it too seriously. Also known as Sintit is available dubbed on AMC+.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 – AMC+, Fandor, Plex, Pluto TV, Screambox, Shudder, Tubi
While the original film is billed as a holiday horror classic, this sequel falls firmly into cult territory thanks to its use of an insane amount of footage to recap the previous film’s story and the over-the-top performance of new assassin Santa, Ricky (Eric Freeman). Four years after the first movie, Ricky dons his brother’s killer mantle to punish those he deems naughty on Christmas Eve. While Billy loved to yell “punishment,” Ricky is more known for his hysterical line episode of “Garbage Day!” That should give you an idea of the hysterical madness that awaits you. This is a kind of pizza and beer holiday horror movie, best viewed separately from its predecessor.
Stories from the Crypt —Plex, Tubi
This classic horror anthology features five segments based on EC Comics stories. The wraparound features five strangers confronted by a Crypt Keeper who regales them with tales of their demise. The first segment, “…And All Through the House”, is from the 35th issue of The Vault of Horror and sees Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins) duke it out with an escaped maniac dressed in a Santa suit. She can’t call the police for help because she just killed her husband. The story is so good that it was filmed for the second time Stories from the Crypt The first season of the TV series. While the original adaptation of the movie is the only story set around the holiday season, the whole anthology is worth checking out.