Horror = Halloween. Halloween = horror. It's an equation that works when it comes to all films spooky and scary. Halloween soaks up all of the year's creepiness so that we can enjoy our other holidays - or so we think. In reality, every day of the year has the potential for something to go wrong, and all holidays, with their heightened emotions and excitement, are perfect fodder for the horror canon. Just look at the upcoming creepy Christmas film, Krampus:
Here are some other holidays that filmmakers decided to celebrate in a spectacularly bloody fashion.
New Year's: New Year's Evil (1980)
During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Punk Rock & New Wave show host gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one.
Well, it's not the most clever premise, and is probably best enjoyed after several glasses of champagne - like New Year's Eve itself.
Valentine's Day: My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
The bad guy wears a gas mask (which is creepy as anything), AND it stars Jensen Ackles.
President's Day: President's Day (2010)
A high school election turns deadly when a homicidal maniac dressed like Abe Lincoln starts killing off candidates.
Oddly enough, one of at least two films to come out in the past five years that involved Abe Lincoln killing people with an axe.
St. Patrick's Day: Leprechaun (1993)
An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.
This one is a classic, partially due to its cast (Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston), and its delightful collection of horrible sequels.
April Fool's Day: April Fool's Day (1986)
A group of nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend.
Not going to lie, I love anything that screams of And Then There Were None, and this movie has a twisty enough ending to satisfy any Agatha Christie fan.
Easter: Critters 2: The Main Course (1998)
Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, set their appetites on the next neighboring town.
Well, a man dressed as the Easter Bunny gets eaten alive, so don't watch this with your kids.
4th of July: Uncle Sam (1996)
Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site.
Honestly, I'd watch this for the poster alone.
Day of the Dead: All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005)
During a Day of the Dead celebration, the dead come to life to prey upon the living.
It was either this or Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico. This one apparently has Danny Trejo in it, so...
Thanksgiving: ThanksKilling (2009)
A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.
I think the poster says it all.
Christmas: Gremlins (1984)
A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
While the last thirty or so years have graced us with many evil Santa Claus movies, it's hard to beat the twisted comedy of this classic. And really, I can't imagine a cinematic Santa upsetting me more than the story of Kate's dad...