1. Krampus (2015)
Krampus, which made it’s popular debut as one of the only horror-comedy based Christmas Movies, in 2015 somehow sparked a new appreciation from Krampus lovers of a folklore-inspired fright-fest that was proudly directed by Michael Dougherty (formally of Trick ‘r Treat), who continuously manages to skate between creating unique goofy parody’s and genuine terror flicks. While a Christmas horror film might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely a unique twist on a festive family tradition.
2. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis decided to take on a classic Charles Dickens storyline in a new animated display where he recruited living-cartoon Jim Carrey to play Ebenezer Scrooge and the three Ghosts of Christmas through the magic of motion capture technology. The new animated movie is now turned into a more psychedelic ride through time, and in-turn, shows the viewers a figment of Scrooge’s imagination. The psychology doesn’t undercut the grandeur; from the candlelit extravagance of Christmas Present’s grand entrance to the legitimately terrifying horrors of Christmas Future, Zemeckis doesn’t hold back, giving us the blockbuster take on the material that we didn’t know we needed.
3. Almost Christmas (2016)
Holiday Christmas movies aren’t anything new – in fact, they’re almost expected when a new Christmas holiday flick is released, however very few holiday movies actually capture the chaotic feeling of a house under siege from family members and the stress every family is bound to experience even just a little leading up to Christmas Day. Yet, Almost Christmas manages to do just that. In the drama-comedy hit, writer-director David E. Talbert, creates a new realistic and “raw” vibe and brings the true spirit of Christmas alive in the most ambitious movie on this list, while understanding the way families bicker, tease, and ultimately come together over the holiday season.
4. The Polar Express (2009)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and rendered by Chris Van Allsburg’s popularly illustrated children’s classic, the dazzling and whimsical mix of surrealism and 20th-century Romantic Christmas-carol musical that captured the hearts of children around the world was born. Through the (at the time) new magic of motion capture in film, Tom Hanks stars as The Boy, the Train Conductor, and Santa Claus, who all suffer from the Uncanny Valley mistiness, but beam with excitement and cheer while looking forward to celebrating their favourite time of year – Christmas. The polar express, while aimed towards a younger demographic, quickly became a Christmas “must-watch” movie for the whole family to enjoy.
5. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Sandra Bullock’s performances in 1995’s While You Were Sleeping is the perfect example of just how far a movie star will go to perfect a character in a movie, let alone one as emotional and family-orientated such as a Christmas film. In the hit film, viewers follow the story of Bullock’s character who pretends to be engaged to a man in a coma (who is played by Peter Gallagher) and then falls in love with his charming brother (played by Bill Pullman).
6. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Home Alone was a hit and Home Alone 2 was no different. In Home Alone 2, you watch as Kevin McCallister is suddenly dropped in the Big Apple for a completely different taste of the holiday season than he would usually be accustomed to. The magic of a New York Christmas is on full display with festive cheer, snow and Christmas lights flooding every street as Kevin shacks up at the Plaza Hotel, torments Tim Curry’s bellhop, runs into the future President of the United States, convinces a generation to invest in voice-alteration technology, and saved a toy store by once again foiling the Wet Bandits we all love to hate.