10 Films You Won't Believe Were Released At Christmas

10. Scream


Release Date: December 20 1996

Wes Craven’s landmark slasher is a fine (and dandy) movie to release at Halloween, but why on Earth would you let it out at Christmas?

That season’s big films included One Fine Day (with George Clooney) and Michael (with John Travolta) so Dimension felt that “the kids” had nothing to watch and would line up to see a smart and funny horror movie. They were right: Scream went on to gross $103 million in the US, becoming Dimension’s signature horror film in the process.

With Craven at the helm and a handful of good actors, Scream stands out from the dregs of 90s horror (Prom Night 4: Deliver Us From Evil, anyone?) and deserved all of its massive success, even though its legacy amounted to little more than three forgettable sequels and an endless succession of tawdry knock-offs (Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer). The genre’s due for another reinvention, so if you’re an aspiring horror filmmaker, you know what to do.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'