The Pact (2012) - stars Caity Lotz as a woman who returns to her dead mother's home to attend her funeral. None of the characters refers to Christmas so I couldn't tell if this was pre- or post-December 25th, but there are decorations up throughout the film. Good scariness and a satisfying ending, although during just one watching I couldn't figure out what "the pact" was.
ATM - (2012) - stars Brian Geraght, Alice Eve and Josh Peck as three stock traders who leave a holiday party together and end up trapped in an ATM booth by a hooded stranger. I can see why this film was panned by many, but I liked it.
You might have picked up on the pattern that I prefer movies that star women or at least have strong female protagonists. The Pact and The Clinic actually have more female than male leads, which is rare and impressive. Other horror movies I've watched recently with strong women leads are Hunger (2009) which I liked, Airborne (2012) which I also enjoyed, The Ward (2010) which ripped-off the plotline of Identity, and American Mary (2012) which I loved, but none of them had Christmas in them. If you're okay with scenes of surgery (of a sort), I recommend American Mary. The gory and twisted story of a med student who enters the world of body modification isn't jump-out-of-your-seat scary, but it's certainly horrifiying. It was great.
|NO Xmas theme, but still good|
Also, if anyone wants full synopses and endings for these movies just say the word. I love reading movie summaries with endings because it saves so much time and I'm glad to provide the service (but don't want to spoil anything if that's not what you're looking for). Merry Christmas!