Continuing with our weekly October Halloween posts, here are some of my favorite horror movies based on holidays.
April Fool’s Day
It seems like a pretty great slasher flick, until at the end you find out it’s all a prank. I would normally give a spoiler warning, but the movie was made in 1986. With all the secrets revealed and ulterior motives in this movie, it kind of reminds me of Clue.
As far as I can tell, Black Christmas may be the first true holiday horror movie. It’s also just a really solid slasher movie in general.
Friday the 13th
Okay, you got me. Friday the 13th isn’t actually a holiday. But it is a day that people celebrate, and… Oh, whatever. I just wanted to include it.
This could have also been included on my Hilarious Horror post, but I saved it for this one. See, there is some sort of method here. Maybe I’m a weirdo, but I like the Christmas horror movies most of all.
This it too easy. I almost feel bad about including it. But the original Halloween is one of the great horror classics
It takes place on St. Patrick’s Day (makes a lot of sense), and features an even more ridiculous plot than the first movie. Although not as ridiculous as Leprechaun 4: In Space. Why is it that when bad/schlocky movies run out of ideas, they always end up in space? I don’t know, but I love it.
My Bloody Valentine
Some crazy old miner vows to kill anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day. So a group of kids decide to hold a Valentine’s Day party in a coal mine. First: that’s just a terrible, terrible move. Second: it all kind of sounds like a Scooby Doo plot, only more murdery.
Silent Night Deadly Night
I remember seeing the cover of this on Betamax in the rental store when I was a kid and being equally scared and intrigued by Santa’s arm coming out of a chimney holding a bloody axe. That was probably the first sign I was going to grow up to be a horror fan. Anyway, this movie teaches an important lesson: if your parents are brutally murdered by a dude in a Santa suit, it’s probably best not to take a job dressing up as Santa. It could send you on a killing rampage. Good life lesson.
The Wicker Man
Oh, like you don’t celebrate the pagan holiday of May Day by burning people alive in wicker statues.