10 Alternative Christmas Movies | Horror, comedy, and more

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and good cheer. But what if you’re not so excited about the holiday? Here are 10 alternative Christmas movies to watch this year!

The christmas films are a list of 10 horror, comedy, and more alternative Christmas movies that you might want to watch this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a break from the happy-go-lucky Christmas movies, here’s a list of some excellent alternatives. As wonderful as classic Christmas films are, some people want action or horror, which you’ll discover in our collection of alternative Christmas films.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is the first film in the Nightmare Before Christmas franchise.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Slashfilm.com photo of The Nightmare Before Christmas

This is a fantastic Christmas movie, as well as a Halloween movie. Come on, it’s right there in the name! It’s a bit creepy, but it’s ultimately entertaining for the whole family. A fun introduction to an alternate Christmas film.

Gremlins are a kind of gremlin.

Gremlins Gremlins (image courtesy of empireonline.com)

In the alternative Christmas film genre, this is a classic. This film tells the tale of a little boy named Billy who is given a tiny gremlin named Gizmo. His new pet has three rules, which he disobeys completely, resulting in pandemonium.

Die Hard 3

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On traditional Christmas lists, this has been a point of contention. To be a Christmas film or not to be a Christmas film. We claim it is, but only as an option. Set over the Christmas season, this action film stars pre-Snape Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis. This is a great watch to wear over the holidays if you’re searching for something a bit more explosive.

4. Changing Locations

Trading Places Image courtesy of fistfuloftalent.com. Trading Places

This r-rated comedy follows a billionaire who introduces a street hustler into their world of money with the aim of discarding him as soon as their experiment is over. A story of money and vengeance follows.

5. Shut Your Eyes

Eyes Wide Shut Eyes Shut | image courtesy of talkfilmsociety.com

If you like movies, the fact that this is Stanley Kubrick’s last film should be enough incentive to see it. This raunchy picture, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is set over the holidays, making it the ideal reason to watch it during the holidays.

6. Santa Claus is a jerk

Bad Santa Bad Santa | image courtesy of NME.com

This entertaining dark comedy follows a minor criminal who disguises himself as Santa Claus and robs different department shops. When he meets an 8-year-old, his intentions are foiled, showing that even a bad Santa can be nice.

7. Deadly Night, Silent Night

Silent Night, Deadly Night Silent Night, Deadly Night | MTV.com image

This film is centered on a guy who goes on a killing rampage while disguised as the beloved Saint Nick. It is recommended for horror fans. The portrayal of Santa as the villain in this horror film sparked outrage when it was originally released.

Krampus (number 8)

Krampus Krampus (photo courtesy of framerated.co.uk)

Krampus was mentioned in our article on German Christmas customs. This film follows a family on the night of Krampus. It’s a must-see for horror fans, and it offers a fresh perspective on a darker Christmas tradition.

The Evening Before

The night before Much.com photo taken the night before

This comedy stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogan, and Anthony Mackie and was released recently. As they search for the finest Christmas party in town, the three guys get involved in some Christmas Eve antics. Overall, if you’re looking for a change from cheerful family tales, this is an entertaining little film to see.

Edward Scissorhands is number ten on the list.

Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands | image courtesy of the Havard Film Archive

Edward Scissorhands, like Frankenstein, is a creature left to his own devices to find out the universe. With one exception, being transformed into a nearly flawless human guy. Hand scissors are a kind of scissor that is used to cut the skin of the hands. This Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder is a romantic comedy with a Christmas-themed final act, making it the ideal alternative Christmas film.

This concludes our selection of alternative Christmas films. There’s something for everyone seeking for something new to watch this Christmas, from a family-friendly story to action and horror.

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