t was as if all filmmakers had gotten together and agreed to change the Christmas movie formula. After decades of mostly super sappy holiday movies, filmmakers in the 1980s decided to start adding explosions, terrorist plots, and mayhem to Christmas-themed films. Audiences dug it, so now we have the sub-genres of Christmas-action and Christmas-horror movies. This list of older and newer movies, which starts with the more well known titles, will help you balance those hours spent sitting through Prancer and Elf with a few action flicks that will give you a firearms fix—something that's especially necessary if you didn’t happen to pick up a new one as a gift to yourself. Happy Holidays!