The Best Non-Traditional Christmas Films



Christmas films like Home Alone, Jingle All The Way and The Santa Clause are great, they provided cheesy entertainment during the holidays. However, sometimes you want something that goes against the grain. Perhaps a film that has a Christmassy feel but is a tad, different. We┬┤ve found some clas...

Christmas films like Home Alone, Jingle All The Way and The Santa Clause are great, they provided cheesy entertainment during the holidays. However, sometimes you want something that goes against the grain. Perhaps a film that has a Christmassy feel but is a tad, different. We've found some classic Christmas films that are sure to entertain.

Here's a not-so-definitive list of the best alternative Christmas films:

Bad Santa

This isn't the cute and cuddly Santa that we all know. Instead, he takes the form of a foul-mouthed drunken thief. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man needs to make ends meet so he poses as a Santa with his Elf as they plan to rip off a shopping mall. It's hilariously rude, although probably not suitable children, nevertheless an enjoyable watch.

Die Hard

The first installment in arguably the best action series ever, Die Hard gave us thrills, catchy one-liners and grease-covered vests. It's Christmas Eve and John McClane finds himself taking on a group of a terrorists in an LA office tower. It definitely strays from the traditional Christmas film template, only featuring the odd Christmas tree here and there and festive puns.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton has a knack for making enjoyable yet eerie Christmas films. Full of vampires, pumpkins and goblins, it also had the makings for a great Halloween film as well. Jack Skellington is Halloweentown's pumpkin king but soon becomes bored of the annual tradition until he stumbles across Christmastown. He then plans to kidnap Santa Claus and take over the role, although things don't quite go to plan. The Nightmare Before Christmas is imaginative, original and most of all, it's entertaining.

 

Batman Returns

The sequel to one of the best adaptations of the caped crusader is another Christmas must watch. Batman finds himself battling the Catwoman, businessman Max Shreck and The Penguin. Whilst celebrating Christmas, Gotham is overrun with The Penguin and his circus cronies. Unlike the more recent Batman films, Batman Returns is full of cheesy punchlines but still manages to pack a punch or two.


Gremlins

Gremlins is an unforgettable cult classic Christmas film. It sees an inventor  struggling to find his son a Christmas present, until he stumbles across the Mogwai. The lively, mischievous creatures cause havoc whilst befriending Billy. The film is both funny and action packed but you shouldn't be fooled by their cute exterior, they can be vicious.

Edward Scissorhands

Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, a reclusive scientist builds an animated human being, however he dies before he finishes, leaving Edward with scissor-like hands. Edward is found by an Avon salesrep who takes him. Directed by Tim Burton, it has all the  bizarre, dark and humuorous elements that are associated with his films. If you listen clearly, you'll notice that the scientist is the same actor that narrated Michael Jackson's Thriller.