The Gift

Five Horror Movie Gifts You Don't Want to Receive

'Tis the season for gift-giving and receiving. But there are some presents you'd rather not receive. Especially if you're in a horror movie.

5. Karma (The Gift) 

Bullying isn’t cool, kids; your past will eventually catch up with you. And when your gift is all wrapped up in bad karma, you know it’s not going to be a happy New Year.

4. Chucky (Child’s Play)

Every child wants a best friend. But if you find a Good Guy doll under your tree, you’d be wise to take it back. It just might be housing the soul of the Lakeshore Strangler.

3. A Mysterious Sack of Toys (Krampus)

If you receive presents from this guy, you’re definitely going to want to regift. You probably already have a jack-in-the-box clown/worm thing anyway.

2. A Box (Se7en)

“What’s in the box?” was a once benign phrase that was forever changed in 1995. It’s now impossible to ask the question without getting a Brad Pitt impression in response. If you’ve never seen the movie (where have you been?) here’s a hint: the box that Pitt receives from a serial killer does not contain Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite Goop beauty tips.

1. Gizmo (Gremlins)

A Mogwai is the gift that keeps on giving. If you can find the right stereotypical Asian wiseman to buy one from and you ignore his rules, your kid’s present will multiply all by itself. As long as you don’t have a problem with innocent people being murdered and all kinds of property damage, it will be a Christmas you’ll never forget!


A horror fan from the time he first saw Poltergeist on HBO as a child, Chris shares his West Virginia home with his fiancé, a pug, and two chihuahuas, none of whom share his love of all things horror.

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