The Best Horror Movies for a Bloody New Year’s Celebration

There are too many Christmas movies to count. Oddly enough, there’s a lot of Christmas horror films. New Year’s horror movies, however, are far less common. Here are some of the best New Year’s horror films to watch to ring in 2020.

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‘The Night of the Virgin’

Here’s a movie with a fun title which you’ll enjoy watching with your grandmother. Or maybe not. Either way, The Night of the Virgin is a movie which is certainly interesting and different.

The film is about a young man who attends a New Year’s Eve party with the hope of getting intimate. He takes a woman home. She keeps telling him stories about a malevolent pagan goddess. As the night goes on, it becomes more apparent that this goddess might be real.

The Night of the Virgin gets brownie points simply for being the rare horror film (like 2012’s Sinister) to fabricate its own evil deity. Psycho killers, demons, vampires, zombies, and ghosts are all too common in the horror genre, but a fictional pagan deity is something a little different. If only there was an entire pantheon of fictional horror movie gods.

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This movie is extremely disgusting and has an oddball mix of horror and humor. The squeamish might want to sit this one out, but the jokes do take the edge off a bit. Fans of Sam Raimi and early Peter Jackson movies will definitely want to check it out.

‘New Year’s Evil’

John Carpenter‘s Halloween is a slasher film with holiday elements that became a huge tit in the late 1970s. The film’s formula was simple enough that it spawned a legion of imitators. Over the course of the next few years, audiences were treated to numerous slasher films set around holidays or special events.

Given the success of Halloween, New Year’s Evil was an inevitability. Aside from a wonderfully punny title, New Year’s Evil boasts a hard rock title song which makes one wish all 1980s slasher films had hard rock title songs. The killer in this movie makes threatening phone calls before he attacks, leading to some enjoyably hammy acting.

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The antagonist of New Year’s Evil has a more interesting plan than Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, or Jason Voorhees ever conceived. He decides to commit murder as the clock strikes midnight across each time zone on New Year’s Eve. The villain gets into the holiday spirit – albeit in the most morally depraved way possible.


Why have a horror film that covers one holiday when you could have a horror film that covers eight? In addition to the obligatory Halloween and Christmas segments, the horror anthology Holidays includes stories centering on less obvious holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day, Father’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.

The film’s New Year’s Eve segment cleverly wraps up the film. It’s about a woman who realizes her date is a serial killer. In its own violent way, the segment ties into themes of renewal and betterment that people associate with New Year’s.