Chicago moviegoers in the mood for Christmas films are happy this week, as the city currently has a multitude of holiday options. Things really ramp up starting Friday, December 14, as the Music Box begins its annual Christmas Show, which boasts a double feature of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas as well as a session of Christmas-carol singing led by Santa Claus, who takes over the art-house theater’s historic organ.
While I don’t begrudge others for partaking in holiday festivities, let’s just say you won’t find me at any of these Christmas movies. No, I’ll be at home partaking in my own yearly ritual: revisiting some of my favorite examples of the unfairly maligned “Christmas horror” genre. I rue the day somebody programs an evening of these atypical holiday classics—but for now, you can find my five favorite after the jump.