Watching a fun holiday movie is a great way to get into the spirit of the season. We've compiled our list of the best holiday movies you can watch — in our opinion, at least. We skipped the obvious choices like Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story in favor of a few unconventional choices and under-appreciated classics. If you've seen these before, the holiday season is a perfect time for a re-watch. If you haven't seen them yet, you'll want to add them to your must-see list!
For the hopeless romantic...
If you want a sweet love story to watch with your sweetie, When Harry Met Sally is tough to beat. This rom-com classic, quite possibly best known for Meg Ryan's hilarious fake orgasm scene, will have you laughing and maybe even weeping at bit from the schmaltzy sweetness of it all. Highly recommended for a feel-good viewing experience.
For the MST3K experience...
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is literally a terrible movie. That said, it's not without its absurd, low-budget charm, and is a perfect choice for getting sloshed with your friends (perhaps with a warm winter cocktail) and making fun of this schlock-fest of a movie. If you're not feeling creative yourself, there's already an MST3K episode that makes fun of this bad movie for you.
For the goths...
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton classic. Spooky characters? Check. Danny Elfman soundtrack? Check. Graveyard romance? Check. Don your favorite black lipstick and enjoy this Halloween/Christmas mash-up.
For the kitsch factor..
Apparently Gremlins was supposed to be a Christmas "horror" movie, but we find this film more hilarious than scary. The chatty mogwai Gizmo sounds vaguely like our cat Oliver, and the little green creeps that wreak havoc on everyone's holiday finally get their comeuppance via an explosive viewing of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We think this one is safe for watching with kids, but maybe not the really young ones if they're easily frightened.
For the LOLs...
Okay, Better Off Dead is easily one of the best movies of all time, holiday movies aside (in our household, at least). With a cast of hilarious supporting characters, endlessly quotable dialog, and clever animation sequences interlaced throughout the story, it's a flick you'll want to watch again and again. Make yourself some "monster" egg nog — maybe with some lighter fluid, like nutty sideman Charles DeMar's brother makes — and strap in for Lane Meyer's epic feuds with Stalin (Roy, not Joseph), the relentlessly menacing paper boy in a search for his precious two dollars, skeezy high school teachers, and his creepy nasal spray-huffing neighbor across the street. It's a classic story of boy loses girl, boy has existential crisis, boy discovers new reason to live, boy gets better girl in the end. You know — the stuff of life.
For the twisted sense of humor...
Okay, maybe notorious cult filmmaker and self-described "filth elder" John Waters didn't intend for Female Trouble to be a holiday classic, but it certainly is for team Boredwalk. Our anti-hero, the 300 lb. drag queen Dawn Davenport, kicks off her adventures by trashing her family's Christmas after they fail to get her the cha cha heels she'd been coveting. What follows is a sleazy absurdist odyssey for Dawn and her delinquent pals. We won't spoil how it ends, but trust us when we say you haven't seen a movie like Female Trouble before. If you like your humor depraved, be sure to put this movie on your holiday season must-watch list.
No matter which of these classics you decide to give a try, happy viewing!
Peace, love, and merriment,
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