Top 5 Alternative Christmas Films

Christmas is a time of tradition. A time of tinsel, presents and a good festive film for the family to doze over after lunch. Most like to go back to the classics: It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, any version of A Christmas Carol, but some may like to spice it up with something different. We’ve compiled a list of five cinematic treats to break the mould this Christmas Day. We’d love to hear any suggestions if you feel we’ve missed something!

Die Hard (1988)
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Okay, Bruce Willis’ claim to fame as trigger-happy hero, John McClane, may not be the quintessential tale of yuletide cheer. But, there’s one reason to deem this a Christmas film: it’s set on Christmas Eve. Trapped in a high-rise occupied by terrorists, McClane has to fight his way up to save his wife and get home in time for Christmas lunch. A metaphor on the working-man’s struggle to get home for the holidays? We think so. And so will your nan after a few egg nogs.

Jingle All The Way (1996)
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More of a fire-stoker for Arnie mockers these days, but still a hilarious prospect for Christmas Day (albeit for the wrong reasons). Schwarzenegger plays a dad who embarks on an impossible journey to get his son a Turbo Man action figure days before Christmas. Seeing such a big man trumpet himself from store-to-store sets up a series of top gags and we know all about the added comedy that comes with Arnie’s blubbering acting.

Scrooged (1988)
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A nutty modern alternative to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Bill Murray plays a sleazy, greedy TV executive who get as a visit from three ghosts to change his ways for Christmas. You can’t beat the structure of the classic story, but this rejig is a refreshing twist and a reason to dodge the iffy Patrick Stewart version or the over-played Muppets one this year.

Black Christmas (1974)
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This may one to watch when the kids have gone to bed, but this cult horror turns the cheery crimbo trope on its head. A sorority house are suddenly targeted by a killer during the holiday season. No marks for originality, yet this grimy B-flick will give an added thrill to the humdrum Christmas set-up.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Tim Burton’s magical, snow-blanketed fairy tale tells the story of a silent title-character played wonderfully by Johnny Depp. When a mad scientist suddenly passes away, his gentle prize-project, Edward, has to fend for himself with scissors for hands. Misunderstood and strangely cuddly, he takes a fancy to a young girl in town, much to the dismay and shock of the other folk. This ethereal heart-warmer is something to please all the family.

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