Sleigh vs. Slay: How "Holiday Horror" Became a Thing

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Sleigh vs. Slay: How "Holiday Horror" Became a Thing

Wholesome holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas may seem like they have no place in a genre based on scares, but holidays set the perfect stage for horror movies: tense family gatherings, bad weather, chaos, carving knives. Long before the emergence of television and film, Charles Dickens wrote Christmas-driven ghost stories that offered quick glimpses into the depths of hell. Dickens illustrated the darker side of December 25th decades before we’d see victims choked with and swinging from string-lights on the big screen. If there’s any question about how holiday horror became popular, it’s because we deny that the holidays can be horrific.