First, let me begin by saying there is nothing wrong with the traditional holiday classics. After all, we all enjoy watching the humorous anecdotes of “A Christmas Story” or the charming tale about coming back from the edge of suicide in”It’s a Wonderful Life”. Naturally, major networks have no problem providing us with 24-hour marathons offering us the same options year after year. However, sometimes the holidays need a little extra flavor, and so do the movies we select. With that being said, I have a few great suggestions for some truly “killer” holiday movies.
Who doesn’t love the 1984 classic “Gremlins”? It’s a plot we all know: a young man finds a cute, cuddly little pet with the instructions to not get it wet…well, naturally he gets it wet (otherwise we wouldn’t have a flick) and all hell breaks loose. The cute, fuzzy little Gizmo has some eggs, and hatches some Gremlins who are none to friendly, and the little impish devils begin wreaking havoc in this tiny little mountain town; leaving two teenagers to capture the little buggers and exterminate them. One of the best scenes in this particular movie is when all of our favorite little green spectators are rocking out in a movie theater at Christmas time, watching “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, singing “Hi Ho” makes for some great entertainment that could make even the Scroogiest Scrooge giggle. The plot of the movie may not involve angels getting wings or the elusive Red Ryder BB gun, but it sure does hit the spot for some non-traditional entertainment and laughs.
Then, of course there’s “Die Hard,” (the original, not the remaining segments in the franchise) rife with moments of watching officer John McClain whoop some terrorist tail complete while trapped in a high rise on Christmas eve. This movie has it all: explosions, broken glass, holiday cheer and plenty of memorable lines, makes this a must see option for your holiday movie experience. While this isn’t your expected “feel good” movie of the year, there is a kiss at the end, and it will certainly whet the appetite for action during the holidays. (Who doesn’t like to watch big explosions, anyway?)
Lest we forget the nasty, vile, and despicable character that Bill Murray portrays in “Scrooged”, which was an instant classic in 1988 and remains a classic to date. This surly and nasty television executive gets his own brand of visitation from ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, giving him an opportunity to repent for his many, many sins against humankind. The movie gives spectators plenty to laugh about, and relate to from obnoxious cab drivers, to passive aggressive fairies, a very ominous ghost of Christmas future, and plenty of ghastly and ghostly moments throughout the movie.
And there you have it, 80’s movie memorabilia for the holidays that will give you and yours plenty to cuddle up to when the weather outside is frightful and cuddle weather calls for a holiday movie marathon like no other.