I’m not trying to be a Grinch or anything, but sometimes the Christmas spirit is too spirited. Here are some holiday movies to watch if you hate Christmas.
All cards on the table, Halloween is my favorite holiday. In recent years especially, it seems like Christmas decorations have started to go up even before the end of October. This has caused some bitter resentment in my heart of hearts and I’ve yet to feel it grow three times the size.
Don’t get me wrong — of course I like Christmas. The friends and family. The festivities. The feasts. (And, yes, the presents.) I just despise the saccharine spirit everyone is suddenly saturated with once December rolls around. Everyone turns into Buddy the Elf.
If you’re like me, maybe you rebel against the Christmas spirit (at least until it takes hold of you, too — always in moderation and never before Thanksgiving). If that’s the case, here are eight Christmas movies if you hate Christmas.
This is a great Christmas movie for those of us who don’t want a typical holiday extravaganza. Even though Gizmo is given to Billy for Christmas, what ensues is pure chaos unlike anything else. Gremlins is a comedy-horror film, so it’s great pretty much all year-round, but if you’re looking to keep it authentic, enjoy this one around the Christmas tree.
‘Nightmare Before Christmas’
It’s recently been revealed that this film is definitely a Halloween movie, but for those of us who have been enjoying the excuse to watch it basically all throughout October, November, and December, we know it’s a great hybrid film. This may just be the perfect Christmas movie if you don’t like Christmas that much.
If Halloween is your favorite holiday because you love some thrills and chills, Krampus is for you. There are plenty of horror films that take place during the holidays (how could they not, with all that family around?), but Krampus is one of the most recent, having debuted in 2015. This one is about the folkloric demon who punishes misbehaved children during the Christmas season.
If you’ve never seen Die Hard, you’ll probably still know that this movie has been heralded as a Christmas classic for years. It takes place on Christmas Eve and stars Bruce Willis in his prime. It might not be full of holiday cheer, but that’s why we’re here, isn’t it? If you love guns and explosions, this one is for you.
Okay, okay, I know this one is actually about Christmas. It’s got a good lesson at the end and it’s about a family coming together during the holidays. But more than that it’s about a kid defending his kingdom and making the best of a scary situation. It’ll give you the warm and fuzzies, but it’s at a minimum, I promise.
This is a Tim Burton-Johnny Depp-Winona Ryder classic. It’s basically a retelling of Frankenstein, but if someone had actually taken the time to treat the creature like an actual human being. There’s a scene in the film where Edward is creating an ice sculpture that’ll give this just the right touch of holiday spirit you may be looking for, but other than that, it’s pure Burton goodness.
‘Iron Man 3’
You’d hardly know Iron Man 3 takes place during the holiday season, what with them living in California and all that, but a few subtle touches here and there set the scene. Tony does a little dance to a Christmas classic. There’s snow in Tennessee. He uses ornaments as bombs. You know, all the normal stuff.
Luckily for those of us who don’t care too much about Christmas, the Harry Potter franchise is always a solid choice. Each film shows us Christmastime at Hogwarts (or, in a few rare instances, outside of it) in all its glory, and then moves on to the rest of the plot. Even better, those who absolutely adore Christmas also typically throw these movies on their list (thanks, 25 Days of Christmas), so you and your more Christmas-inclined friends can call a truce and enjoy some magic together.