Whimsical holiday fun, trees decorated and lessons learned – doesn’t that just make you sick? The same feel-good Christmas movies are shown on TV year after year, and it’s rare when the more, shall we say, unusual type of holiday movie is celebrated.
Thanks to Netflix, there’s ample opportunity to sample all the staples of a great Christmas movie: terrorists, alcoholic Santas, deranged serial killers, drunken pop stars, and of course, aliens from Mars. So heat up some popcorn, begin a free trial with our Netflix coupons and welcome in the yuletide spirit.
A few guys in the FS office consider this the ultimate Christmas movie and I have to agree. So many people forget that this over-the-top action flick takes place during the holidays! But what’s more festive than Bruce Willis killing terrorists and blowing things up?
This movie should be a holiday tradition. It’s certainly mine. The premise is simple: a boozy, foul-mouthed criminal poses as Santa to rob department stories. R-rated hijinx ensue. To quote anything from the movie would require more censoring than an old episode of The Osbournes.
“Ugh, a Ryan Reynolds rom-com?” you ask? Look, Just Friends is hilarious. The flashbacks to Reynolds as an obese teenager are hysterical and I dare you not to laugh at Anna Faris’ parody of a Britney Spears-esque trainwreck. It’s whole a lot more daring than your average holiday romance fest (ahem, Love Actually).
Black Christmas (1974)
Prefer something more scary with your eggnog? Forget the horrible remake, the original Black Christmas is still one of the best slasher movies of all time. Although it’s got a hokey premise (sorority girls are picked off by a stalker during Christmas break), it’s saved by good performances, a spooky set and a genuinely scary villain. Worth a look for holiday horror fans!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
And now for some Christmas cheese. Widely regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, this gem from 1964 should be required viewing for all B-movie enthusiasts. Martians (actors wearing facepaint and funny hats) kidnap Santa and force him to bring Christmas to the children of Mars. It’s as utterly insane as it sounds, and the whole experience is made better by the MST3K crew’s commentary.
What are some of your favorite ‘alternative’ Christmas movies?
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