Ahhhh, Christmas movies. Christmas movies are great, but sometimes you need a break from a Home Alone or Santa Clause marathon. Just like a Gymboree employee listening to the same Baby Einstein song for 8 hours, it will make you lose your sanity. Here’s a list of alternative Christmas movies for you to check out if you need a break from the traditional spirit. This is in no way an official list, it’s just movies I like to watch when I need a break from elves, Santa, and reindeers. I like to hear what you’re alternative Christmas movies are.
Edward Scissor Hands (1990)
I was a child when my dad took me to watch this in the theaters. It was about a scientist’s creation Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) ending up in the suburbs and how he adapts in the community. After seeing it, I was a little confused of what was going on (hey, I was a kid), but pleasantly surprised by the extremely imaginative story and the memorable character of Edward Scissor Hands. My dad told me to look at the movie as a long fairy tale than of a movie, which I suggest the same when you watch it. I hope that makes sense. If not, you can back to your Santa and Reindeers.
Ahhh….Gremlins. This has to be one of the 80s cult classics. Yes, there was a sequel, it was fun and it took place during Christmas also, but you can’t beat the original. Billy (Zach Galligan) gets a mysterious pet and was given specific instructions on how to take of it, which he doesn’t follow. It’s a mix of horror and comedy. Of course there others that tried to rip off this movie like Critters and Ghoulies, but wasn’t as successful. Random fact, Gremlins was 1 of the 2 movies to create a PG-13 rating in 1984. The other one was Red Dawn.
Batman Returns (1992)
I know, I know another Tim Burton movie. This was also another movie I saw a movie as kid. Even though this didn’t come out during the holidays, it took place during Christmas. Batman (Michael Keaton) battles the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and the Penguin (Danny Devito). Burton creates such a unique feeling throughout this movie. It just had that gloominess and you almost kind of feel bad for the Penguin. It’s hard to compare this with its recent reboot with Christian Bale. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Plus Michelle Pfeiffer is Catwoman!!! If you haven’t seen it, you need to watch it right MEOW! Ya, I know, I need new material.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
You are not getting too old for this $@#!. This is just a classic buddy cop movie spawned 3 other movies. The last one introduced Jet Li to the states. I thought, they didn’t show enough of him in the movie, but it does have some awesome fight scenes. Anyways, I digress, check out where Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) first got together. Bonus! Gary Busey makes one vicious bad guy.
Die Hard (1988)
It’s Die Hard. Do I really need to explain thing. It going on it’s 5th movie soon. John McClane ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time, when he goes to a Christmas party and a bunch of terrorists take the building hostage. The sequel also took place in Christmas, but I just found the first one much more exciting and enjoyable.
Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
This is probably one of those movies that surprised me in the theaters. Mitch (Samuel Jackson) helps Samantha (Geena Davis) an amnesia victim; remember who she used to be. If you haven’t seen it, don’t watch the cable version. You must watch it with all the swearing and unedited action scenes. One of the reasons why I highly recommend this is because I believe that this was Jackson’s best role in a movie. Yes, I had many arguments about this and Pulp Fiction, but I stick to my opinion. This is meant to be a fun ride, so completely turn off your brain and just enjoy it.