Horror and the holidays have been a winning combination for centuries. From vengeful ghosts to psycho Santas, horror movies have explored and exploited every facet of our yuletide fears. But while other horror sub genres have benefitted from feminist analysis, holiday horror seems to have been largely forgotten. In this session, Adrienne Clark will lead a lecture investigating the depiction of female characters as they endure wintery terrors in films like Black Christmas (1974 and 2019), Elves, Krampus, and Better Watch Out, among others. The class will use a combination of lecture, film clips, and group discussion to explore the best and the worst of cinema’s most holly jolly horrors.