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5 Christmas Films That Go Against The "Feel-Good" Grain

Jared Jones | 21 Dec 2015 17:00
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Ah, Christmas - a time of laughter, of family, of getting too drunk at the annual office party and hitting on Jane in accounting before the ink has dried on her divorce settlement. Magical, isn't it?

But for some of us, Christmas only dredges up memories of sadness and disappointment, especially when forced to deal with the soul-crushing cheerfulness of the holiday's cinematic offerings. I'm not talking about your Christmas Vacations or even your claymation classics, I'm talking about the relentless onslaught of Lifetime and Hallmark channel originals that your mom, aunt, or weird Uncle forces you to watch every year. I'm talking about those made-for-TV atrocities saccharine enough to give you diabetes. I'm talking about the entire post-Full House canon of Candice Cameron Bure.

Thankfully, there has been a change in the air this season, a shift away from the overwhelming white (in every sense of the word), feel-good movie selection that we've been force fed all of our lives. A shift toward darker, more insidious Christmas fare. I'm talking about movies like Krampus, which blew away expectations earlier this month by both opening to mostly positive reviews and even better box office returns. So to celebrate Krampus' success and usher in a new era of era of holiday movie-watching, here are 5 other Christmas films that go against the "feel-good" grain.

5. Bad Santa

Bad Santa

A raunchy black comedy that requires no introduction, Bad Santa is perhaps the crown jewel of "anti-Christmas" Christmas movies, and for good reason. It's got everything: Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic, womanizing, low-level criminal, a naive and nerdy pre-pubescent sidekick he picks up along the way, a Santa fetishizing bartender, Tony Cox punching kids in the junk, and John Ritter in his last on-screen movie role. One can only imagine how the sequel slated for next Christmas will play out, but I'm going to make a bold prediction that it abides by the Three B's of the first film: Booze, bullshit, and buttf*cking.

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