Christmas movies can get notoriously cheesy. Ahem, Love Actually. Ahem, Miracle on 34th Street. Nothing wrong with enjoying these films, but if you need a break from all the sap while also still getting the needed holiday fix, then check our these titles:
- Die Hard
We all know Die Hard is one of the greatest action movies of all time, but is it also the best Christmas movie of all time? We round up a few reasons why: First, the dialogue is full of Christmas references. Remember the iconic “Now I have a machine gun, ho ho ho!” line? Second, Hans Gruber, the main antagonist is more evil than the nasty Grinch himself. Finally, it’s the perfect set-up for a Holiday film. John McClane comes from NY to LA to reconcile with his estranged wife. There’s nothing like the Christmas spirit reuniting broken relationships.
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Sounds like a plot for a horror movie right? But Gremlins is one of the most underrated Holiday movies in Hollywood. Did you know that Mogwai is Cantonese for monsters? That should’ve been enough reason for protagonist Billy to steer clear of it, but who can really resist this furry creature especially when it’s given as a Christmas gift?
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
Debate all you want on deciding whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. It’s the best of both! The 1993 stop motion created by the minds of Tim Burton and Henry Selick remains timeless till this day. It has both the Holidays’ best elements: themed songs, beautiful costumes and set pieces, and intriguing characters.
- Shake, Rattle & Roll series
It feels almost criminal to watch the Shake, Rattle & Roll franchise when it’s not the Christmas season. Given that, it’s not much of a Christmas movie either is it? For those who live under a rock, the Shake, Rattle & Roll series is a horror anthology film series shown every Metro Manila Film Festival with the exception of the sixth installment. You can go from laughing at the plots’ ridiculousness to suddenly covering your eyes at the different aswangs and malignos antagonizing the characters.