12 Days Of Anti-Christmas Movies
We’re not all looking forward to Santa season are we? After all who doesn’t dread the candy cane coloured consumerism of the festive season. How else would you explain the sleugh of satirical anti-Christmas movies that have invaded cinemas down the years? So join us as we yell “Bah! Humbug!” in the direction of traditional festive fare and salute 12 of the least Christmassy Christmas movies in Hollywood history.
Hats off... 'Bad Santa'
Bad Santa (2003)
The stench of stale booze and cigarettes permeates every pitch-black minute of the Billy Bob Thornton starring comedy, Bad Santa. As a conman masquerading as a department store Santa, Thornton’s character has few redeeming features, which is only fitting for a hilariously foul-mouthed film that wrings every ounce of misanthropic merriment from its mean-spirited star.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Yes, yes it’s one of those life-affirming films that is perennially associated with the Santa season, but have you ever stopped to look beyond the tear-inducing ending to Frank Capra’s classic Christmas flick? I mean what’s so Christmassy about financial ruin, attempted suicide and George Bailey’s nightmarish vision of Pottersville? Still, it really is a wonderful film.
To be completely honest we have very little sympathy for the Kingston Falls residents who get ripped apart by the rampaging Gremlins in this timeless classic. After all, just how hard is it to follow the rules of Mogwai ownership? Nevertheless there’s a festive backdrop to the ensuing on screen shenanigans which amongst the carnage even includes a surprisingly frank monologue on why Santa doesn’t exist. And all this from a film marketed towards kids.
Vest wishes... 'Die Hard'
Die Hard (1988)
Now I have a machine gun. Ho! Ho! Ho! Ah yes, nothing says Christmas quite like a shoeless man in a vest yippee-kayaying his way around the Nakatomi Plaza whilst taking on an army of European terrorists armed only with a standard issue sidearm and some pithy one-liners. ‘Die Hard’ gave