If you’ve never seen Gremlins, you need to get on it immediately. It’s not one for kids, as those green fellas unnerve me somewhat and I’m pushing 30. For a wonderful blend of horror, comedy, adorable fluffy creatures and a little tiny sprinkling of Christmas cheer, Gremlins is the movie for you. There’s even a sequel for those who can’t get enough of Gizmo!
Krampus is based on an old folklore that St Nick has an evil counterpart named Krampus. He travels from village to village at Christmastime, punishing the children that have been naughty. Despite having jump scares a plenty, this movie is not your average Christmassy horror. There are some very defined tongue-in-cheek moments, and some of the “characters” exist purely for comedic value. Again, not one for the kiddies though!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A classic! Tim Burton’s incredible stop-motion animation follows Jack Skellington’s adventures. It’s rated PG – so it’s good for the kids too. This movie is perfect for anyone who loves Halloween, musicals, love stories and anything a little bit spooky.
Debate still exists as to whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie at all. I would argue, that it doesn’t really matter – because it’s a flippin’ brilliant flick. It’s full of action, laughs, 80s fashion and…well, more action. This one can definitely be enjoyed all year round, but it works particularly well with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
This movie follows a twisted “prince and pauper” type plot where two very different people are forced to switch places in life. It’s a classic comedy with some particularly iconic scenes – and if you haven’t seen this one yet, it’s guaranteed to make you smile, even if you’re not really feeling in the Christmas spirit.
I know, I know. This one isn’t completely “alternative” is it? It’s certainly the most traditional movie on the list, but despite the festive soundtrack and snowy setting, Home Alone is packed full of other brilliant stuff. It’s a great family film too, so you can gather the kids up on Christmas eve with popcorn and hot chocolate.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
This one is also on the “is this even a Christmas movie?” list. It’s got more of a “home for Thanksgiving” type vibe – but I felt like it still belongs in the top 10. It follows the misadventures of two unlikely characters – and unfortunately, isn’t for the kiddies. It’s an uplifting comedy with plenty of “bad-luck” type action to keep you entertained.
Bad Santa is a grown-ups only, dark comedy. We follow the misadventures of Willie, a drunk, a conman and complete crook who plans on causing holiday havok dressed as Santa. This is a great movie to get into after a stressful day at work!
Scrooged is based on the classic Dickens story A Christmas Carol, but with a modern (well, 80s) twist. Bill Murray, a ruthless TV exec is haunted by a familiar trinity of ghouls. It’s been rated PG, so it’s not too spooky for the smaller viewers. Some people love this movie, others hate it, but I think it’s absolutely worth a watch to find out which camp you’re in.
Another Tim Burton entry! I love this movie, and think it’s incredibly well cast. There’s only a tiny reference to Christmas here and there, so it’s a good option for those who want to stay clear of anything too festive. This one’s also rated PG (13) – but I’d recommend it be for the older kids. The Penguin STILL gives me the creeps.