My Favorite Anti-Santa Christmas Movies

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My Favorite Anti-Santa Christmas Movies

Sometimes, you have to sit down and watch a movie. A Christmas movie. With your family.

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One of my favorite Anti-Christmas movies is The Ref with Dennis Leary. Leary plays a burglar who steals from a fancy house and after an alarm goes off his ride disappears, he is stuck in the town. He takes a dysfunctional family hostage, with the couple played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.

The movie has a ton of foul language and great lines, it's a movie I watch every year at Christmas time.

As soon as I read the intro paragraph, I immediately thought Die Hard. Nice to see it included, and excellent clip you picked to go with it. I love when he says "Ho. Ho. Ho."

How could you forget Babe?!

That's a regular for my family every Christmas.

You putting Kiss Kiss Bang Bang on here makes me very happy, and not just because I have had a man crush on Val Kilmer since Real Genius and Top Secret. It really is an excellent movie that I really hadn't been thinking of as being associated with christmas, LA doesn't get enough snow to make the time of year jump out at you.

My thoughts immediately jumped to Gremlins and Die Hard though so I'm glad both of those were noted.

As always an enjoyable article.

I thought Die-hard as soon as I started reading. I'm planning on watching all of the Die hard movies on christmas day as well.

No Reindeer Games?!? Oh my...

Every year at Christmas time I've watched Die Had for the last umpteen years. I also watch Bad Santa now too.

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Every year at Christmas time I've watched Die Had for the last umpteen years. I also watch Bad Santa now too.

Yes! Bad(der) Santa and Reindeer Games are great christmas movies and ofcourse Die Hard 1 and 2.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is also very good starring a great Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson duo.

I am partial to Gremlins myself. Watch it nearly every year.

Die-Hard is the single greatest X-mass movie that has been made in all of recorded history. Every year around this time I start thinking about it and am continually disappointed when retailers don't put it in their collections of cheesy, over-the-top X-mass movie displays...

So everyone loves "Die Hard"? Yeah, me too.

Can't agree on "Batman Returns" though. I always felt something was "off" about it, but I've only recently realised just how much Michelle Pfeifer ruins that movie. I still like it, but it's telling that by far the scariest villain in it is Christopher Walken's Max Shreck - the one guy who doesn't dress up in a costume or have a bullwhip or an umbrella that shoots laser beams.

EDIT: I'm also the one guy who preferred "Gremlins 2" to "Gremlins". I always felt that the original "held back" in an effort to set the scene and the characters. (Although the death involving a stair-lift is one of the all-time great comedy movie deaths; and the character who dies REALLY deserves it, which of course makes it that much better.) "Gremlins 2" goes all-out from early on, without ever sacrificing character or story to do so.

LivingTV always seems to show Little Shop of Horrors at Christmas time. I may well have it on DVD, but I'm happy every time it shows up.

Die Hard definitely wins this list; Die Hard 2, not so much.
And props for including Ghostbusters 2; it may not be as good as 1, but dang it, it's still Ghostbusters.
Didn't see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang earlier this year, but it definitely deserves a mention, especially since a lot of nerds never heard of Robert Downey Jr. before Iron Man so this is a good pick to re-introduce them to his work.

Die Hard +++++

But I think our dear old BBC has just trumped everything by trailering ... Armageddon as one of the big films in their Christmas lineup. I couldn't think of hardly anything less cheesily, cheerily Christmassy (I may be wrong, but don't they... like... fail in their mission?). Someone at the corp must have some serious yuletide issues they need to work out.

All different from when I was a kid when you couldn't move for The Santa Claus Movie, Big, Miracle on 34th St etc. Though I somehow still haven't seen either It's a Wonderful Life OR The Great Escape.

I'd like to get a small tradition going of showing Laputa every Xmas, as the first time I saw it as a snotty-eyed nipper was on a snowy boxing day in the 80s, when everyone else was in too much of a food coma to play with me in the garden, and it's an excellent, feelgood family movie with a slight wintery flavour but none of the usual sickening tweeness or overt christmas overtones.

You have four of my five favorite Christmas films, Die Hard 1 and 2, Gremlins (hey it's mentioned) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, my fifth favorite is A Muppet Christmas Carol, but that wouldn't make this list I guess.

I love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but I don't think it ever really registered with me that it is set at Christmas. They're in Hollywood, it's not like a real winter, it's like an English summer.

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Oh yeah, that's a good one too. Although now I want some pecan-fucking-pie and there is none to be had here... Rats. :(

If you can ever find the network dub of Die Hard 2, it is utterly hysterical.

The dubbed-over voices aren't even close to the actual actors. The "clean" Bruce Willis is about a full octave higher than the real thing. Seriously, they're so far off you won't be sure who's actually speaking. And since there are so many F-bombs in the movie, you'll be hearing it a lot. It's a laugh riot.

And "Yippie-kai-ay, Mister Falcon" is the absolute pinnacle of the silliness.

Also worth noting, is my family's true Christmas movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Sure, it's a Christmas movie, but it's so cathartic.

Hard to believe no one has mentioned Edward Scissorhands yet. One of the best Christmas movies that really has nothing to do with Christmas except for explaining why it snows at Christmas. Always in the DVD player at Christmas in our house.

Grimlins 1 & 2 get played as well.

Title's a bit misleading - I was hoping for a list of anti-christmas movies like Black Christmas (not the remake) and Bad Santa. So not explicitly christmassy but just-about-seasonal-enough movies...that's one of the few areas were British terrestrial programming really pays off. The BBC in particular tends to show Wallace & Gromit specials, Pixar movies, Babe etc.

Oh, and Batman Forever is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Worse than either of Joel Schumacher's Batman movies, even.

what about The Ref with Denis Leary personally one of my favorites

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Every year at Christmas time I've watched Die Had for the last umpteen years. I also watch Bad Santa now too.

try out The Ref its good fun

Our family Christmas movie tradition is Apocalypse Now. I don't know why or how it started, but that's what we watch at Christmas. Cheery, aren't we? :P

Die Hard, absolutely.

Gremlins for sure. Whoever said Gremlins 2 was better is clearly smoking the funny cigarettes. The original is a legitimate horror/monster movie with a good story, good characters, and a very high fun factor(without sacrificing the slightly dark element or believability). The only thing missing is Phoebe Cates getting out of a pool and taking her bikini top off, but I guess since it's set in winter and all...Gremlins 2 is a kiddified, dumbed down puppet show, and I'd be fine with never watching it again.

Ghostbusters 2 is fantastic, and just as good as the original.

also, Better Off Dead, I don't think anyone mentioned that. Ricky's obnoxious mom speaking to the French girl, haha "Christmas. Chriiiistmaaaasssss."

I'll be watching all of these in the next week.

I was half-drunk when I watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it was one of the weirdest things I've seen. I don't remember all of it. I should really watch it again.

I've watched Bad Santa twice this year already, should've made the list. Or is it almost too Christmassy in a way?

No Santa Claus Conquers The Martians?

That's disappointing. :[

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Oh my god! My girlfriend and I were just talking about how we wanted to find some great Christmas movies that go against all the tradition. This is exactly the kind of list we were looking for, thank you so much!

Also, don't you think Lethal Weapon should be there?

In before any other Brit says "The Great Escape". I don't know what a film about prisoners of war is doing on the TV on Xmas day, but it is on every year without fail. Or at least, it used to be that way. Truth is it hasn't been on for so long, I had to buy the DVD just to watch it.

tahrey:
Die Hard +++++

But I think our dear old BBC has just trumped everything by trailering ... Armageddon as one of the big films in their Christmas lineup. I couldn't think of hardly anything less cheesily, cheerily Christmassy (I may be wrong, but don't they... like... fail in their mission?). Someone at the corp must have some serious yuletide issues they need to work out.

No.I suppose I'd better spoiler this in case there's someone who hasn't seen it but

On the subject of Die Hard I remember watching it on tv one night and his infamous catchphrase was dubbed to become "Yippie-kai-ay Kemosabe"

I'd recommend "Dead Snow",a Norwegian horror movie(yes it's subtitled).All the snow makes it look christmassy but it's about Nazi zombies

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One of my favorite Anti-Christmas movies is The Ref with Dennis Leary. Leary plays a burglar who steals from a fancy house and after an alarm goes off his ride disappears, he is stuck in the town. He takes a dysfunctional family hostage, with the couple played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.

The movie has a ton of foul language and great lines, it's a movie I watch every year at Christmas time.

I've got to agree here, The Ref is a great Christmas movie. I remember seeing it in the theater and when Denis Leary takes a bite out of the baby jesus from a Nativity scene and says, "Jesus!" I nearly died laughing.

I'm gonna have to say something bout 'The Ref',firstly, it's known as 'Hostile Hostages' in some countries, my UK VHS is that, also, don't be put off, it's not really anti xmas, or partilulrly dark, it's just highly angry and sweary in places, and also makes fun of the stressful side of a family xmas too. It's not reallt miserable or downbeat, and they don't all catch ebola in the last 5 minutes.

Why would you ever need any Christmas movies other than Die Hard 1 (and maybe Santa's Slay)?

Can't believe you missed out Scrooged. It's hilarious, and distinctly anti-christmas, until the end. I watch it every year.

I always feel I need to watch Bad Santa or Reindeer games.

And its McClane not McLane :p

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