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10 Christmas Films That Aren’t Really Christmas Films

Tuesday 05th December 2017

Welcome to the Not So Christmassy, Christmas film list. A run down of all your favourite Christmas films that aren’t really that festive but we love to watch all the same over the festive season.

1) Die Hard (1989)

80’s Classic Die Hard is the ultimate Non-Christmassy Christmas film. Set over the Christmas period and with the occasional Christmas tag line “Got invited to the Christmas party by mistake, who knew” and “We will see what Santa and Mommy can do” it’s not your typical Christmas film.

For those unfortunate few who may have not seen Die Hard, it’s a story about terrorists who crash a Christmas party in L.A and take over a building. New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes it into his own hands to try and save the day and his estranged wife.

Die Hard can be classed under a variety of genres, Thriller, Action, 80’s classic and with its Christmas references a Christmas film. But with all the explosions and lack of Santa or any Reindeer. It’s definitely a not so Christmassy Christmas film!

2) Gremlins (1984)

A Steven Spielberg produced film about the cutest, most adorably scary creatures you have ever seen, definitely makes our list!

Gremlins released December 1984 was a major Christmas film in its day. Set during the Christmas period, with a story line that includes gift giving, romance, comedy and horror, it’s definitely a Christmas film that is not that Christmassy.

3) Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

When you are looking for a Christmas film that isn’t a Christmas film, who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters!

One of the most iconic franchises of the 80’s, Ghostbusters and more so Ghostbusters 2 are definitely not that Christmassy but they are. Ghostbusters 2, which is actually set over the festive period is full of ghosts and ghouls, it’s more of a horror comedy than a feel good Christmas film, with way more slime than slays.

But let’s be honest, you can’t get more Christmassy than a giant marshmallow man now can you!

4) Batman Returns (1992)

Set at Christmas time with a star studded cast, including Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito, Batman Returns is snowy, broody, and dark, not any of the fun, happy, family films that you expect during Christmas time, but this action packed super hero film is up there with some of the best Christmas films.

5) The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Another film set at Christmas time. This film actually is pretty Christmassy…well at the beginning. Samantha Kane is a mother who is suffering from amnesia and trying to regain her memories of her life before her happy family.

Guns, explosions, ice skating and what seems like great culinary chopping skills, this is definitely a christmassy film that just isn’t that christmassy.

6) Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In 1990 Tim Burton brought us Edward Scissorhands, a film set over the Christmas period about a man who has scissors for hands that gets integrated into his local suburb. This icy, comedy has all the cheery merriment of a Christmas film, but includes the usual dark Tim Burton feel which for us makes it much more of a horror or social reflection of suburban life in American than a happy Christmas film.

7) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Based on the C.S Lewis novel, you can argue that this is an actual Christmas film and not a not so Christmassy film. But then we would say back to you, a film where four children are transported into a magical ice world through a wardrobe, where they meet magical creatures and fulfil a destiny, sounds more like a fantasy film then a Christmas film. But with a White witch and Father Christmas, we would say that you get the best of both genres.

8) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Another Tim Burton spectacular, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated musical where Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King visits a nearby town during Christmas and him and his spooky friends stand in for Santa. With the dark and spooky style that Tim Burton brings to his films, we think this film should actually go into the Halloween movie list more than Christmas films.

9) Lethal Weapon (1987)

Going back to 80’s action….sorry Christmas films, we have Lethal Weapon, a buddy cop comedy drama staring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

Lethal Weapon may remind you of the festive season, but like Die Hard it’s more of an action flick with great comical moments than a Christmas film.

10) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter films have been Christmas favourites for years, especially Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Sorcerer’s Stone was the first instalment in the Harry Potter franchise, one which shows Christmas trees and festive scenes, but it’s not a Christmas film. Lets be honest, the Harry Potter films are fantasy films about a child who was attacked by an evil wizard and searched for ways to lose his unwanted fame as the child who survived Voldemort’s wrath. They’re not about slays, snow fights, Santa or gift giving, that is unless a lighting bolt scar on your forehead is on your Christmas list for 2017?

Notable mentions

Some of the movies that did not make the list, but do deserve notable mentions, Trading Places, Bad Santa, Bridget Jones, About a Boy, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Love Actually, Die Hard 2, The Holiday, Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back and In Bruges.


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