Let’s talk about Christmas movies because, though a great many people are into the season, I find myself struggling with all the happy-go-lucky Christmas movies. One of my peers has done a fine job in presenting you with some of the best around. I would like to present to you some that aren’t so obviously Christmas movies, but definitely happen during “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard, I feel, is a very obvious title to bring up during these lists, but I would like to bring up the fact that Die hard 2 is also a Christmas movie and in my mind is just as good as the first, which let’s be honest isn’t always the case with sequels. I like to watch both movies during the holiday season.
I always found it very odd that so many overlook the fact that the beginning of the movie introduces Riggs trying to unalive himself around the holidays over the loss of his wife. There are many who can identify with this level of pain and though it is action-filled the performance of both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are very well done for an 80’s action movie.
If a Christmas movie has dark humor and dysfunction I am all on board which brings up my next favorite the Bill Murry classic Scrooged. In its odd retelling of a Christmas Carol, it has laughs and even very touching moments amongst silly laughs and the high energy that only Bill Murry can bring to a movie.
Let’s discuss my first horror movie on this list: The Lodge. If you liked VViitch, Midsommer, or Hereditary in their isolated atmosphere and anxiety-filled stories this will fall into line with that. This is very much a psychological mind F*^& of a ride like the others I mention, but I think in the end it is worth it.
If you are into horror with a lot more action to it any iteration of Black Christmas might be a great go-to. A nice Christmas time sorority slasher film not a lot of substance but who needs that in a slasher film?
P2 is a stalker/abduction horror film with a minimal cast, but it keeps the blood flowing throughout.
Four Christmases is one of my favorite Christmas movies about dysfunctional families and I know a great many who can relate to that during the holidays. This has an all-star cast but the main players are Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaghn who work so well off each other in this movie it makes it a very enjoyable and hilarious Christmas movie.
Office Christmas Party
Next up for comedy Christmas movies is Office Christmas Party a chaotic comedy-driven ride that is driven by Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and T.J. Miller which for me has a pretty solid cast for comedy especially Jason Bateman who I’ve seen almost all of his films and t.v. creations so this was an easy watch.
A Bad Moms Christmas
Bad Moms Christmas is just as hilarious and chaotic as the first Bad Moms just add in holidays and family coming to visit and the dysfunction writes itself basically. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are an amazing ensemble cast of unique mothers with their own various dysfunctional families for the holidays and I tend to enjoy that kind of humor when I can find it.
Addams Family Values
My final pick is Addams Family Values and though it starts with Thanksgiving it does end on Christmas and so that counts in my book.