Hello, readers! We’re back with another installment of Daily Dead’s Salutes Your Shorts series, where we shine our spotlight on all the great horror-themed short films that are out there. For the month of December, it only seems fitting to indulge in some holiday-themed horrors, and we’ve got quite the lineup that’s far more nice than it is naughty.

Check out this quartet of Yuletide terrors, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday season!

Santa (Directed by Alexander Henderson)

Synopsis: ‘Tis the night before Christmas, and Tyler is trying to sleep through nightmares about Santa Claus.

The Ho Ho Howling (Directed by Andrew Neill)

Synopsis: Under a full moon on Christmas Eve, an unassuming family faces a legendary home invader whose gifts could change them forever.

Eve of the Nutcracker (Directed by Kyle Martellacci)

Synopsis: A disappointing Christmas Eve takes a turn for the worse when a young woman receives an ominous nutcracker as a gift.

Secret Santa (Directed by Lee Patrick Robinson)

Synopsis: Stephen can't resist opening his present before Christmas, but he has no idea what festive horror awaits him.

  • Heather Wixson
    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

    Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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