12 Days of Non-Christmas Horror Movies on Tubi in December 2023 (inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas)

Sometimes you’re just not in the holiday mood. Celebrate the season without celebrating the season with these non-Christmas horror movies on Tubi, all inspired by the lyrics of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Does Vamp (1986) have anything to do with Christmas? No, and that makes it perfect for this list.

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As far as holiday horror goes, Christmas is an embarrassment of riches. There are so many Christmas-themed horror movies in existence that you could watch more than one every day throughout December and still not see them all. We even made a list of 25 of the best Christmas horror movies so you can have your own horror-movie advent calendar.

But, even in the holiday season, there will certainly be days when you’re not in the holiday spirit. A full 31 days of cheer is a lot to ask for anyone. So, December can’t be filled only with Christmas horror. Maybe you want to watch something completely disconnected from Christmas. Maybe you also don’t want to be seen as a Grinch or a Scrooge for straying too far from the traditions of the season. If that’s the case, our Tubi recommendations for December have you covered.

This list of horror movies currently streaming on Tubi uses the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as inspiration. Each line of the original song is reinterpreted and rewritten to incorporate non-Christmas horror movies into the lyrics. So for example, “a partridge in a pear tree” becomes “a leprechaun in a magic tree” thanks to Leprechaun 2 (1994). Make sense? Good. Happy non-holiday viewing!

The Twelve Days of Non-Christmas Horror Movies

1. Leprechaun 2 (1994)

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a leprechaun in a magic tree.

The leprechaun in Leprechaun 2 (1994) drinking in front of a magic tree.
The tree that the leprechaun lives within in Leprechaun 2 is revealed to be an Irish tree gifted to Harry Houdini from the people of Killarney, Ireland.

Why Watch It? Leprechaun 2 is silly and fun, and Warwick Davis is fantastic as the joyously cruel killer leprechaun.

Official Description: An evil leprechaun is determined to take the beautiful descendant of a love interest from one thousand years ago as his bride in modern Los Angeles.

2. Stigmata (1999)

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, several flying doves.

A dove looks around in Stigmata (1999).
Doves are a motif in Stigmata, appearing multiple times throughout the movie. This dove appears to Frankie (Patricia Arquette) moments before her stigmata wounds first appear.

Why Watch It? Stigmata is a great example of 90s horror. The visuals are stylized, the editing looks like a music video at times, and the story is engaging.

Official Description: Bleeding sores matching Jesus’s crucifixion wounds develop on an atheist woman, and a skeptical priest sent to investigate finds dark forces at work.

3. High Tension (2003)

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, gory French murders.

Cécile de France as Marie in High Tension (2003).
The director of High Tension, Alexandre Aja, went on to direct the Christmas-Eve horror movie P2 in 2007. (pictured: Cécile de France as Marie in High Tension)

Why Watch It? High Tension is quite gory, but it is also one of the more accessible entries in the New French Extremity cycle of films. Viewers may be split about the movie’s big reveal, but it is something that should be viewed at least once to judge for one’s self.

Official Description: Best friends Marie and Alexa head to a secluded farmhouse for a quiet night to study, but a late-night visitor brings a haunting change of plans.

4. Terror Birds (2016)

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, two terror birds.

A terror bird in Terror Birds (2016).
Phorusrhacids, extinct birds that lived anywhere from 100,000 to tens of millions of years ago, are referred to as “terror birds.”

Why Watch It? Terror Birds is pure campy goofiness. A dumb movie watched just for fun.

Official Description: Searching for her father, Maddy and her friends find the monstrous birds that killed him and the ambitious scientist protecting them from extinction.

5. Ring (aka Ringu, 1998)

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Japanese rings.

Sadako stands creepily in Ring aka Ringu (1999).
There are multiple rings in Ring including, but not limited to, the circular opening of the well, the oval frame of the mirror seen in Sadako’s video, the ringing of the phone, and the ring of people created as the cursed tape is passed from person to person.

Why Watch It? Ring is a creepy Japanese classic, and its chilling atmosphere makes it perfect viewing for the winter months.

Official Description: A determined aunt investigates how her niece died in such a sudden and unexplainable way. She uncovers a videotape with devastating consequences.

6. Contamination (1980)

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, aliens a-laying.

An alien eggs in Contamination (1980).
We don’t actually see the alien in Contamination laying the many eggs featured in the film, but it’s close enough to count for the “aliens a-laying” line.

Why Watch It? Contamination features alien “eggs” that cause people to explode, and there is a giant and amazingly cheesy alien seen towards the end of the film. Also, the music in the movie is from the Italian prog-rock band Goblin.

Official Description: A space hub found in the Hudson River reveals a mutilated crew killed from the inside out, as well as boxes of glowing alien eggs meant for doom.

7. Jungle Holocaust (aka Last Cannibal World, 1977)

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, one Swan a-missing.

Jungle Holocaust (aka Last Cannibal World, 1977)
Jungle Holocaust fits into this list for the “Swan a-missing” line because one of the characters in the film is named Swan, and she goes missing in one of the early scenes. (pictured: Massimo Foschi as Robert)

Why Watch It? This one is purely for fans of cannibal movies. As such, use caution if you decide to watch Jungle Holocaust. Like other Italian cannibal movies of its time, it contains many elements general audiences will find disturbing.

Official Description: A jungle outpost trip for two moguls surveying oil becomes a depraved nightmare when one is booby trapped and the other is dragged off by cannibals.

8. The Maid (2020)

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, one maid a-haunting.

The Maid is a Thai movie from director Lee Thongkham. (pictured on the right: Ploy Sornarin as Joy)

Why Watch It? From its intial setup, The Maid appears like it will be a typical haunted house movie about the ghost of a deceased maid haunting her former place of work. Instead, the film takes some unexpected turns and ends up being a bloody and violent surprise.

Official Description: Joy is the new maid of a royal house, whose previous maid disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

9. Vamp (1986)

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, scary ladies dancing.

Grace Jones in Vamp (1986).
Grace Jones’s iconic dance features body paint by artist Keith Haring. Jones and Haring had previously collaborated for a photo shoot in 1984, and Haring’s work is featured in the music video for Jones’s 1986 song “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You).”

Why Watch It? Vamp is a campy cult-classic, and Grace Jones is mesmerizing.

Official Description: Two friends head for a nightclub called the After Dark Club. But when the bar’s dancers turn out to be vampires, the evening takes on a new twist.

10. Robo Vampire (1988)

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, vampires a-leaping.

The “leaping vampires” in Robo Vampire are jiangshi, which are kind of a cross between vampires and zombies. Their undead bodies are too stiff to walk normally, so they move by hopping.

Why Watch It? Robo Vampire has everything: a laughable RoboCop rip-off, supernatural beings of Chinese folklore, kung-fu, and lots of shooting. It’s awfully good.

Official Description: Narcotics agent Tom Wilde is given a second chance at life after being shot and killed. In a futuristic experiment, agent Wilde is returned to life as an Android Robot. Now he must do battle with evil drug warlord Mr. Young and his inhuman creation the Vampire Beast.

11. Pipeline (2020)

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a pipe monster piping.

Elizabeth Cascarelli as Olivia in Pipeline (2020).
The writer and director of Pipeline, Emily Aguilar, also wrote and directed a Christmas movie, Clara’s Ultimate Christmas (2018). (pictured: Elizabeth Cascarelli as Olivia)

Why Watch It? Fans of ultra-low-budget horror might get a kick out of Pipeline. Also, pipe-based horror is a unique and under-explored category.

Official Description: A family’s move becomes their worst nightmare after they learn that a blood-seeking monster lives in the walls and pipes of their new home.

12. The Night Eats the World (2018)

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a lonely drummer drumming.

Sam drums in The Night Eats the World (2018).
Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a musician whose drumming unfortunately attracts the attention of the zombies surrounding the building he is trapped within.

Why Watch It? With so many people out and doing things during the holiday season, sometimes its nice to just stay inside and do nothing. In The Night Eats the World, Sam has no choice but to stay inside and do nothing, until he is forced to do something in order to survive the zombie apocalypse he finds himself in.

Official Description: What seems like a nightmare is a horrifying reality for a man who wakes up in Paris as apparently the only survivor of a swarm of killer zombies.

The Twelve Days of Non-Christmas Horror: Full Lyrics

Just in case you’d like to sing this non-Christmas-horror version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” here are all the lyrics so you don’t have to repeatedly scroll up and down to find them. You’ll have to adjust the rhythm of the song to fit a few of the lines, but you can make it work. Also, this starts with day twelve so lines aren’t repeated over and over.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

  • a lonely drummer drumming
  • a pipe monster piping
  • vampires a-leaping
  • scary ladies dancing
  • one maid a-haunting
  • one Swan a-missing
  • aliens a-laying
  • Japanese rings
  • two terror birds
  • gory French murders
  • several flying doves
  • and a leprechaun in a magic tree.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.