The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can’t forget the franchise’s dark origins. Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a “seeing is believing” message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus.
The Santa Clause isn’t the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there’s a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, and darkly hilarious Christmas stories. Here are 10 of the most notable: