arts • 23 Dec, 2016
The Alternative Christmas Movie List
Don’t Sit Through Die Hard One More Time
Okay, truth be told, we love Die Hard, and we love Elf, and we love all the National Lampoons films….BUT there’s some higher learning to be had by utilising those three or four hours after dinner to catch up with some Christmas-themed films you may not know about, or consider. Although it might seem a bit grinchy, here’s a collection christmas horror's, drama's and a doomed romance we had to share.
101 Reykjavik (2000)
Christmas is just as awful in Iceland as it anywhere else. An introspective jaunt in the Scandinavian suburbs. A must see.
A weird and wonderful Terry Gilliam opus that will have everyone wondering why you’re watching it. A quick descent into seasonal hell as Christmas becomes a dystopian nightmare.
Batman Returns (1992)
Before Tim Burton ruined Christmas in The Nightmare Before Christmas, he demolished the season of goodwill in Gotham. Plus, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964)
Jacques Demy's masterwork is the ‘doomed romance’ part of this story. It’s also a musical, with it’s most important scenes taking place on Christmas Eve in this quaint little French coastal town. A vintage foreign find.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Santa gets held for ransom, reindeer are slaughtered and something is very wrong in this artful cult classic. Finland’s take on a very Bad Santa.
Christmas Evil (1980)
Highly recommended for lovers of black humour and horror. If John Waters calls it "the greatest Christmas movie ever made" that’s all we need to know. Bad Taste in the extreme.
A snarky commentary on the social elite of Upper-Manhattan and their endless schedule of Christmas 'dress balls'. Over educated, yuppie college kids get an undressing from director Whit Stillman. A guilty pleasure.
Words by JA