The dark side of Christmas movies
On the surface, Christmas films are all sweetness and light: candy-coloured odes to the festive season, where love conquers all, home is where the heart is and family is the best present of all. Except obviously that's all total bull, because most Christmas films are shot in sweltering July heat with child actors working for minimum wage.
In fact, some of your favourite Christmas movies are hiding dark secrets they'd rather you didn't know about. Porn! Torture! Criminal negligence! Ho, ho and indeed, ho...
Aside from Allen's record, Disney had a sex line to worry about (Credit: Rex)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Disney had to break their policy of never hiring ex-cons for their 1994 Christmas comedy, given that actor Tim Allen was jailed in 1978 for cocaine possession, but Allen's sordid past wasn't the cause of 'The Santa Clause''s darkest secret. At one point in the movie, Allen's character mutters the insult "1-800-SPANK-ME!", apparently unaware that the phone number was an active sex line. The Mouse House was inundated with complaints from irate parents whose children had racked up huge phone bills calling the naughty chat line, which we're guessing wasn't exactly extolling the virtues of how to discipline unruly kids.
Flick went on to star in such films as Dirty Bob's Excellent Adventure 35 (Credit: Rex)
A Christmas Story (1983)
You might have seen the adorable star of 'A Christmas Story', Peter Billingsley, appearing all grown up in movies like 'Iron Man' and 'Elf' – he even directed Vince Vaughn comedy 'Couples Retreat'. But his screen buddy Flick, aka Scotty Schwartz, wasn't so lucky as to befriend Jon Favreau and hobnob with the Hollywood elite. Schwartz found it tricky to find work as an adult so decided to work in the the adult industry. Yes, Flick from 'A Christmas Story' has starred in movies such as 'Dirty Bob's Excellent Adventures' (volumes 35 and 36), 'The Wrong Snatch' and 'Booby Trap'. His most famous scene in 'A Christmas Story' saw him get his tongue stuck to a pole, but now it's his pole that's... well, you get the idea.
Clarence already starred in a sequel to the Christmas classic (Credit: Rex)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
You may have seen the uproar generated by the recent announcement of a belated sequel to 'It's A Wonderful Life', and rightly so – a modern day follow-up to Frank Capra's feelgood holiday classic is tantamount to cinematic blasphemy. However, did you know they already made a sequel? Well, a spin-off at any rate.