9 Christmas Horror Movies That Scared Up Box Office, From ‘Gremlins’ to ‘Black Christmas’ (Photos)

Beatrice Verhoeven
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TheWrap looks at the 6 top-grossing holiday shock-fests

8. Silent Night (2012)
Opening: $9,779
Cumulative: $14,567

Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Donal Logue star in the film about a murderous Santa who picks off people one by one.

7. Better Watch Out (2016)

Opening: $12,569
Cumulative: $20,369

Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must protect a 12-year-old boy after a home invasion while his parents are out at a holiday party.

6. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010)
Opening: $9,281
Cumulative: $236,347

The film follows a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.

5. “Anna and the Apocalypse” (2018)

Opening: $52,588
Cumulative: $493,877 (as of Dec. 20, 2018)

In this comedic musical with grossout touches, a teenager and her friends ward off the zombie apocalypse when it comes at Christmas-time.

“Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984)
Opening: $1.4 million
Cumulative: $2.5 million

4. “Black Christmas” (2019)

Opening: $4.2 million
Cumulative: $7.2 million (as of Dec. 22, 2019)

A second remake of a 1974 Canadian film, starring Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue and Brittany O’Grady, this slasher film about sorority sisters fighting off a stalker takes a stab at feminist themes.

In the slasher film, a young boy loses his parents and years later becomes a spree killer in a Santa costume.

3. “Black Christmas” (2006)
Opening: $3.7 million
Cumulative: $16.3 million

Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert and Katie Cassidy star in the slasher film about sorority girls getting murdered one by one.

2. “Krampus” (2015)
Opening: $16.3 million
Cumulative: $42.7 million

A boy in a dysfunctional family turns his back on Christmas — and accidentally unleashes a demon force as a result.

1. “Gremlins” (1984)
Opening: $12.5 million
Cumulative: $148.2 million

The movie follows a young boy who breaks rules and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters.

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