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Satanic Sleigh Bells and Satan Claws: 10 Devilish Holiday Delights - NSFW

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For many people Christmas is a cultural holiday (read: shameful assault of gross consumerism wrapped in red and green. Can we open our gifts now?), but December 25 also happens to be a Christian celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ — you know, the beardy guy in the sandals? Since horror fans are drawn to the dark side in everything, we thought it'd be a great time to look at several films inspired by the son of God's greatest adversary: Satan. Put down those candy canes, let the smoldering black rocks and burning hellfire keep you warm, and make the baby Jesus cry with 10 satanic horror flicks fit for any horror fan's holiday celebration. Some images/clips may be NSFW.

Rosemary's Baby

A true satanic classic that portrays the diabolical birth of everyone's favorite baddie, Rosemary's Baby finds a young couple (John Cassavetes and Mia Farrow as Rosemary) navigating their place in an ominous New York City apartment building amongst its strange residents. Chilling paranoia infiltrates Rosemary's mundane married life, culminating in a suspenseful and sinister end. The movie's satanic mojo is so strong, that Polanski doesn't need to reveal the gory details in order to keep audiences hooked. 

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

The holidays are all about keeping traditions alive, which is why occult classic Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages should become part of your annual film viewing festivities. Benjamin Christensen's 1922 silent documentary shows us where it all began and puts the focus on witchy hysteria. There's plenty of black magic cheer and admirable satanic shenanigans, though, as evidenced by a group of witches lined up to literally kiss Satan's ass.

To the Devil a Daughter

The power of Christ compelled Christopher Lee to turn to the dark side, renounce the church, and become a twisted priest who engages in supernatural orgies in Hammer Films' To the Devil a Daughter. The nefarious cult leader raises a young girl (Nastassja Kinski) like his own child (and as a nun, or so we think … ), and then uses her as a vessel to conjure the crowned prince of hell, Astaroth. Nude nuns and demon babies make the 1976 movie perfect for any black celebration.

Black Candles 

Satan goes softcore in this 1982 movie from Spanish exploitation fave, José Ramón Larraz. A woman receives word about the mysterious death of her brother and ventures with her boyfriend to England where they land smack in the middle of a sleazy Satanic cult. Lurid dreams about her dead brother, heavy petting with the friendly neighborhood goat, and voyeuristic fantasies enacted by her pervy sister-in-law ensue.

Legend

Dark souls of all ages can appreciate Ridley Scott's 1985 fantasy epic, Legend. Tim Curry makes a fine horned beast that will stop at nothing to destroy the daylight and transform a princess into his dark bride. In fact, Darkness is such a complete badass that he even slaughters unicorns — totally taking the Christ out of Christmas.

Blood on Satan's Claw

Her name is Angel Blake, but she's far from holy in the British period chiller, Blood on Satan's Claw. Angel does the devil's dirty work set in a Witchfinder-esque 17th century English village, providing a beautiful backdrop to let sin in. A strange supernatural power pervades the townsfolk after the inhuman remains of a satanic beast are unearthed. It's an atmospheric tale that should set the perfect festive mood.

The Masque of the Red Death

You won't find a more devilish prince than Vincent Price's Prospero in Roger Corman's The Masque of the Red Death. More colorful than a Christmas tree, the surreal Edgar Allan Poe-adapted tale finds Price as a Sadean royal who gets his kicks from debaucherous gatherings and other Luciferian acts. In other words, Red Death is the perfect perverse companion for your holiday party hoedown. Bring pitchforks.

The Exorcist

Perhaps the 1970s most iconic horror film, The Exorcist was released the day after Christmas in '73. Instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, people were trying to claw the image of a gruesome girl possessed by demons from their eye sockets. William Friedkin's classic is a great way to bring the family closer to the unholy spirit of the season.

Evilspeak

Since Clint Howard appeared in the grumpy holiday tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we wanted to make mention of one of his more infernal projects — 1981's Evilspeak. Howard plays a young man who has nerd rage and summons Satan on his computer. The film is a former video nasty that was banned in the '80s for its gory themes. It also happens to be a favorite film of late Church of Satan founder Aton LaVey, which should be the only endorsement you need.

The Omen

Darling Damien Thorn is the ungodly creation born from privileged couple, Robert and Katherine. They soon find out that the arrival of their bouncing baby boy signified the birth of the anti-Christ, and all hell breaks loose. The complete opposite of joyful and jolly — if the children's birthday party scene doesn't emphasize that enough, we're not sure what does — The Omen invites creepy kids everywhere to make murderous merriment.

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