It’s that wonderful time of the year again. The snow is falling outside and all you want to do is turn off the lights and watch a good scary movie. That’s the Christmas spirit! As always, we are here to help. Check out 5 of our top picks to watch this holiday season.
The Wrong Turn series is far from what I would call “good”, overall. The first movie is alright at best, as is the second movie. Wrong Turn 4, on the other hand, surprisingly stands as the most enjoyable entry in the series. At times, it will make you laugh as a result of how over-the-top it is. You also have a group of teens who get stuck in an abandoned hospital in the middle of a blizzard. Winter at its best.
Stanley Kubrick’s take on the classic Stephen King novel has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reason. Jack Torrance gets a job as caretaker for a isolated mountain hotel as it closes for the winter months. As you follow the Torrance family, you get the feeling that something is a little wrong with Jack, which notoriously escalates as the movie goes 0n. The setting of the Overlook Hotel is amazing and will likely make you feel a little isolated yourself.
This movie actually made me feel cold as I watched it. Perfectly placed in a isolated winter town in northern Alaska, this graphic novel adaptation follows the bizarre events that occur when the town experiences its annual 30 days of night. Its hard to pass this one up if you’re looking for some winter-set horror.
What’s the worst that could happen in the most isolated part of the world? Well, as the characters in The Thing discover, you may just get murdered by a mysterious shape-shifting alien. John Carpenter’s The Thing is another winter horror film that does a great job at making you feel the isolation of its characters. It also has a prequel that was released in 2011 with the same title. If you like the original film, this prequel may be worth your while.
This movie is a must-watch for the holidays. Black Christmas is one of a kind and there is strong belief from some that it gave birth to the slasher genre. It pioneered such popular ideas as the killer who calls from inside the house (When A Stranger Calls) and POV shots taken from the slasher’s perspective (Halloween). The film follows a sorority house that gets an unexpected visitor over the holidays. Christmas will have a slightly darker meaning to you after you sit through this classic. This is one of two movies that are an annual ritual for me, the other being its remake. This movie was a game changer in the horror genre that we all love so much.
Conclusion / Giveaway
Well, that’s our winter movie list! We hope you liked our picks. But we’re not finished yet! We’ll also be giving away a DVD copy of 30 Days of Night to one lucky person, our first of many giveaways this December. If you’d like to win, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite winter movie, whether it is horror-themed or just a general winter film. Good luck!
Contest ends at midnight (EST). Winner will be announced on December 2nd.