Christmas movies, with classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street are part of our holiday pop-cultural DNA. But there’s a subset to these sentimental favorites that we prefer with craft beer…the Christmas Horror Movie.
And here are some favorites paired with the beers that you’ll need…
One of the genre’s newer entrants, Krampus debuted in 2015 and thanks to its truly sick sense of humor and its deliberate B-movie special effects, it quickly attracted a rabid cult following.
Krampus stars semi-A-listers Adam Scott and Toni Colette as the parents of a family besieged by an ancient Germanic Christmas spirit. Suggested Beer Pairing: Krampus Lager – Southern Tier Brewing (Lakewood, NY))
The Nightmare Before Christmas
First released by Walt Disney in 1993, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is a dark stop-action musical masterpiece that tells the story of Jack Skellington, a “Halloween Town” resident who accidentally stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to kidnap Santa.
With music composed by ex-Oingo Boingo Frontman Danny Elman, The Nightmare Before Christmas is as ageless as it is brilliant, so the beer that you pair it with is very important. Suggested Beer Pairing: Nightmare on Brett –Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, CO)
Who doesn’t love a Dutch film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children indiscriminately, especially at Christmastime?
Released in Europe as Saint and in the states as Saint Nick, Sint (2011) wickedly ups the ante on the whole slasher film thing and gives it a snowy holiday twist.
And given that this demonic St Nickolas ‘thing’ brutally kills children (both the naughty and the nice), you’ll need a mind-numbing ale. Suggested Beer Pairing: Old Nick Barley Wine Ale – Young’s Brewery (UK)
Anna and the Apocalypse
Described by critics as anywhere from ”audacious” to “totally bonkers” Anna and the Apocalypse is a deranged mashup that combines music and large scale holiday dance numbers with marauding zombie hoards and brutal gore.
Zombies are super-hot right now (as is Christmas) and the beer you’ll be needing for this recent release (which may still be in a theater near you) is absolutely crucial! Suggested Beer Pairing: Zombie Dust Pale Ale – 3 Floyds Brewing (Munster, IN)