The Filmaholic

Better Watch Out (2016)

Set against the backdrop of Christmas, this fun horror sees a babysitter trying to defend a twelve-year-old boy from the strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. It's not filled with Christmas cheer, but it's definitely a Christmas film with a difference. With several Home Alone references it's clear to see the family favourite inspired the writers/director to create a less family-friendly version to watch during the Christmas holidays.

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Bad Santa (2003)

Billy-Bob Thornton plays the perfect anti-Santa in this wildly black comedy about an alcoholic thief who gets employed as a mall santa in order to rob them of huge sums of money. With great supporting characters including his dwarf partner-in-crime, the innocent kid he uses, his whacky grandma, and the infatuated bridesmaid who falls for him. While it's certaintly not the most warm and cuddly Christmas film it is one which having you laughing the house down which its unique take on Christmas cheer.

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

Many people probably don't realise, or forget, that Lethal Weapon takes place during Christmas as the film takes place in sunny Los Angeles. But like Die Hard this is a great alternative Chistmas film providing action, excitement, laughs and great chemistry between the two leads Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. Not only is it one of the best buddy cop films but it's also one of the best alternative Chistmas films that should definitely be on your playlist!

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

The Long Kiss Goodnight is another excellent action film that has great chemistry between the two leads Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. There's plenty of action, dark humour and twists to entertain you on the best of days; but with Christmas going on in the background we can fire this up on Christmas Eve/Day without feeling guilty. If any family members complain that it's not an Xmas film just point out the scene where Geena Davis is on a Christmas float dressed as Mrs. Santa, with Santa himself!

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Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins is on of those classic 80s films that everyone has watched, or should watch, and if they haven't already then Christmas is the perfect time to do so! While searching for the perfect Christmas present for his son Billy, a man buys a mysterious creature called a Mogwai with a very strict set of rules. When these rules are broken mayhem ensues with ravenous creatures unleashed on a small quiet town. This yuletide nightmare is a fun film for all of the family to enjoy on Chistmas Day.

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Trading Places (1983)

After a hugely successful stand up comedy career Eddie Murphy seemlessly moved into making films. After his initial hit 48 Hrs with Nick Nolte, he saw himself hitting the heights again alongside Dan Aykroyd in the brilliant Trading Places which is as watchable today as it was upon release. Murphy gets an early Christmas present when he suddenly finds himself at the top of the wall street food chain, trading places with Aykroyd who ends up on the streets thanks to his meddling bosses.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton is well known for his quirky films, and has a huge following for his unique film flavour. The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, who wants to bring a taste of Christmas Town home. As you'd expect from Burton it's a pretty kooky ride, but it's one that, if you're a fan, can bring some alternative Christmas cheer to your playlist with a mix of gothic scenes and characters, and some spooky Christmas singalongs.

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Batman Returns (1992)

A second Tim Burton film appears on the alternative Christmas list, but this time it's something a bit more mainstream in the form of Michael Keaton's second outing as Batman. Facing up against the Penguin while also battling wits with Catwoman during Christmas in Gotham City, this is a film the whole family can enjoy on Christmas Day. It's a bit campier and fun than the Chris Nolan and Christian Bale reboots too, so it's not too dark for a yuletide film marathon.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Burton hits the hat-trick with another entry into the alternative Christmas list with the classic 90s gothic hit, Edward Scissorhands. Johnny Depp plays Edward, an artificial humanoid living in solitude before the local Avon lady, and taken back to the colourful suburbs filled with colourful characters. Although there are plenty of laughs to be had at the craziness that ensues, there are also the very dark undertones that you would expect from a Tim Burton film, all with a background of Christmas.

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Die Hard (1988)

Everyone's favourite alternative Christmas film, so much so that there are debates every year as to whether it's actually an xmas film. The fact is, McClane is visiting on Christmas, at the Christmas party of her wife's employer, and writes the infamous "Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho" on one of the dead bad guy's jumper. There's no denying that it's probably the best alternative Christmas film that you can watch again and again, or risk being on Santa's naughty list.

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