It’s Christmas time, and Christmas time means Christmas movies. On a cold winters eve, you cannot beat being tucked up on the couch with a box of Roses, Quality Street (or Celebrations if you have some notions about you.) and a good cracking Christmas movie.
Everyone has their own favourite. It could be Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory… or even Harry Potter, Star Wars & Lord of the Rings. You can guarantee almost every TV station will give these at least one showing over the holiday period.
Of course, there are those Christmas movies that are a bit more slightly left of field. Ones that while many will not consider to be Christmas movies, but there are others who make them a mandatory watch every single year. In the spirit of a more alternative viewing schedule, here are a few Nerd Lowdown suggestions:
There are two types of people in this world: Those who believe Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, and those who are wrong. You may ask how one of the greatest action movies starring Bruce Willis as John McClane could possibly be a Christmas movie. Well, when a bunch of terrorists attempt to spoil the holiday cheer on Christmas Eve, someone had to step in!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This Halloween/Christmas movie hybrid (IT’S BOTH DAMMIT!) is exactly what you woudl expect if you visted Tim Burton’s house over the next week or two! Kidnapping the Sandy Claws, a terrifying twist on Christmas & the evil Oogie Boogie man are all present in Jack Skellington’s plan to put his very own Halloweentown spin on Christmas albeit with some disastrous results.
Snow, Family cheer, and a cute as heck gift of a pet. Gremlins does much to lead you into believing that Billy & Gizmo the Mogwai would have a happy ever after holiday. WRONG. Add some water & a midnight snack and you have all hell breaking loose as the mischievous Gremlins wreak havoc on Kingston Falls in this Holiday Horror.
You think your family has massive fights on Christmas Day? We bet it’s still nothing compared to Rocky Balboa VS Ivan Drago on Christmas Day 1985. Mind you, Rocky & Drago weren’t exactly fighting over a game of Monopoly! Proving even the Soviet’s can’t steal Christmas, enter the ring & go 12 rounds with the Italian Stallion over the next week or so!
Are we clutching at straws with this one? Maybe a little. The Belgian-set Black Comedy takes place in the town of Bruges at Christmas time. Is that not enough? And anyway, considering Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson & Ralph Fiennes serve up more laughs than there will be Turkey this Christmas, you shouldn’t need an excuse to pop it on!
Tim Burton’s second appearance on this list & also his second outing in Gotham City. As grim & dark as Batman can be, there are no end to the number of Christmas-related tales throughout the Caped Crusader’s history. And hey, Penguins with Candy Cane rockets strapped to their backs, you can’t ask for more Christmas than that!
When there’s something strange in your Christmas dinner preparations, we’ll admit you don’t need to call the Ghostbusters, you just need to make the chef drop the wine & stop putting Haribo into the stuffing. But once you’ve had your fill, we highly recommend sitting down to this holiday set supernatural adventure!
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, high paced action & a touching Christmas Day ending. I don’t think we need to say any more? Of course we don’t!
So there you have it! Nerd Lowdown’s essential viewing list for the coming Christmas season! Of course, we want to hear your suggestions too!
What is your ESSENTIAL Christmas movie that you must watch every year without fail? Let us know!