Top 10 Unconventional Christmas Movies To Watch

The time for chilling and watching movies is here. Many of us have watched familiar classic movies numerous times such as A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, A Christmas Story, and It’s a Wonderful Life. This year, let’s mix things up and watch some Christmas movies that are a little more unconventional. To help you out, here’s a list of ten Christmas movies to add some awesomeness to your holiday viewing lineup.

John McClane

Die Hard (1988) – Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a cop who finds himself fighting for survival against a group of terrorists who have taken over a high-rise office building on Christmas Eve. With its intense action and Bruce Willis one-liners, Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever made.

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there’s no one to save the hostages — but him.

Gremlins (1984) – This classic horror-comedy follows a young man who receives a strange creature as a gift, only to have it breed into a horde of naughty monsters that terrorize a small town on Christmas Eve. It’s a great choice for those who want to add a little darkness to their holiday viewing.

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai’ but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) – This neo-noir black comedy crime movie from director Shane Black follows a thief who, after stumbling into an audition, is cast as an extra in a film being shot in Los Angeles. It’s a fantastic choice for those who want a more unconventional and irreverent take on the traditional holiday movie and it’s just fun to watch!

Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from the cops. Winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he’s flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer). This deadpan, affectionate parody of film noir tropes is named for film critic Pauline Kael’s influential 1968 collection of film reviews and essays.

Batman Returns (1992) – Tim Burton‘s dark and gothic take on the Batman franchise features the villainous Penguin trying to take over Gotham City with the help of a crooked businessman, while Batman and Catwoman team up to stop them. With its mix of action, drama, Penguin ooze, and Burton’s signature dark holiday cheer, Batman Returns is a significant movie choice to watch during the holidays.

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

Go (1995) – This fast-paced comedy-thriller from director Doug Liman follows a bunch of young people over the course of one hectic Christmas Eve, as they guide a series of interconnected stories involving drugs, parties, and a store robbery. With its non-stop action and clever writing, Go brings some good uncomfortable holiday craziness.

Grocery store clerk Simon (Desmond Askew) occasionally sells drugs from his cash register at work, so when soap opera actors Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) come looking for Ecstasy on a quiet Christmas Eve, they are surprised to find Ronna (Sarah Polley) covering his shift. Desperate for money, Ronna decides to become an impromptu drug dealer, unaware that Adam and Zack are secretly working for obsessed narcotics officer Burke (William Fichtner).

Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Shane Black action-comedy that stars Geena Davis as a suburban housewife who finds she was once a highly-trained assassin. When her memories come flooding back just in time for the holidays, she sets out on a mission to take down the mastermind behind her programming. With a killer cast (including Samuel L. Jackson and Brian Cox) and a clever script, The Long Kiss Goodnight is the ideal mix of holiday cheer and kick-ass action. Davis is badass in this movie and shortly after it was released I ran into her at the Price Club and got her autograph.

Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) lives an average suburban life — until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Hiring private detective Mitch Hennessey (Samuel L. Jackson) to probe into her past, Samantha discovers that she’s a well-trained government assassin who went missing after suffering a bout of amnesia and that her former handlers want her back in their employ.

Krampus (2015) – Krampus is the ideal movie for this Christmas. This horror-comedy follows a dysfunctional family who reveals the ancient demon of Christmas punishment upon themselves.

While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.

The Ref (1994) – This dark comedy is about a thief who takes a bickering couple hostage on Christmas Eve and finds himself reluctantly serving as their couple’s therapist. With its quick wit and wonderful performances from Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey, “The Ref” is a unique and fun holiday movie.

Bickering spouses (Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey) annoy the cat burglar (Denis Leary) who takes them hostage in their Connecticut home.

Trading Places (1983) – This classic comedy follows two rich brothers who make a bet to see if they can turn a homeless man into a prosperous businessman, while simultaneously taking a prosperous businessman and making him homeless. With its creative premise and fun performances from Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is a funny Christmas movie which will make your night.

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn’t commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

Black Christmas (1974) – This horror movie follows a group of sorority sisters who are hunted and murdered by an unknown assailant during their Christmas break. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s a superb choice for those who want to add a scare to their holiday season.

As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess (Olivia Hussey) and the often inebriated Barb (Margot Kidder), begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on, but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb’s friend Claire (Lynne Griffin) goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is.

 

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