Est. Nov. 9, 2019

Published Dec. 15, 2019

Top 5 "Christmas" Movies

5. Silent Night, Deadly Night

Rating: R

Year: 1984

Run time: 1h 24m

Horror

Rotten Tomatoes: 28%

Audience Score: 39%

Mom: What are you watching over there?

Teenager: A Christmas horror movie. You want to watch it with me?

Mom: Oh...maybe, what's it called?

Teenager: Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Mom: What the *******!

Yeah, it may not be the greatest or most appealing movie title ever, but it wasn't a bad movie. 

A little boy with a generic and innocent name of Billy is with his parents and his little brother coming back home from seeing his grandfather in a mental hospital. That night, they come across a broken down car. The man in the car was dressed as Santa Claus. When the parents stop to help, Santa pulls out a gun and kills the parents, but Billy gets away. 

Years later, living in an orphanage and unable to deal with Santa Claus, Billy gets a job at a toy store. One Christmas, he has to dress as Santa, he is unable to handle it, so he kills everyone like Santa did that one year.

It's old, it's graphic, and it sounds like a stupid story, but it is actually a good movie compared to the other low-budget horror movies out there. This one's good, the other 4 sequels are not.   

4. Krampus

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2015

Run time: 1h 38m

Horror

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Audience Score: 51%

A modern day classic Christmas horror movie. Krampus is thrilling.

One family has many of their relatives over for the holidays. We get the feeling that they don't really like each other. 

One of the kids that still believes in Santa writes a letter to him. When one of his cousins makes fun of him for still believing, he loses his faith. He tears up the letter and throws it out the window. This summons Krampus, a demon version of Santa. A huge blizzard comes in and traps everyone in the house so Krampus can frighten them to death. 

If you are scared of horror movies, this one might scare you to the point of Billy in the entry above. 

3. Lethal Weapon

Rating: R

Year: 1987

Run time: 1h 49m

Action

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

Audience Score: 86%

Danny Glover plays Roger Murtaugh, a police detective that has to investigate a prostitute's suicide. He and the rest of the police force finds out that the suicide was connected to drug dealers. 

Meanwhile, Mel Gibson plays Martin Riggs. Martin's wife was killed in a car crash before the plot. He is also a detective, but he is suicidal and contemplates suicide every day. 

They both are assigned to the same case and have to work together as polar opposites. A self-controlled family man and a suicidal lunatic. 

It doesn't even sound like a kids movie, and that's because it's not. It does make a good "Christmas" movie when everyone else wants to watch something like Elf or some version of A Christmas Carol

2. Die Hard

Rating: R

Year: 1988

Run time: 2h 11m

Action

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Audience Score: 94%

Nobody cares what you're mother says, this is a Christmas movie. It's a great movie to watch on Christmas Eve. 

Based on the book, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, this movie changed one liners and Christmas Eve movie nights since the 80's. Yeah, there's a book. 

John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, is a New York policeman going to Los Angeles to see his wife for Christmas. When he goes to a wealthy company's skyscraper for a party, terrorists attack the building while he is on the top floor. Now he has to pick off the terrorists one by one or he will surely be killed. 

Very action packed and fast paced. It might not be an appropriate movie for younger kids, but any kid would enjoy this over a Christmas movie like It's A Wonderful Life back in 1947. 

This movie would be #1, but Die Hard will have a break from #1 and the title has been given to...

1. Reindeer Games

Rating: R 

Year: 2000

Run time: 1h 44m

Action

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%

Audience Score: 27%

Most critics don't like this movie because it has "bad acting." Oh, shut up Rotten Tomato critics, nobody cares what you think about our favorite movies.

Taking place before Christmas, Rudy, played by Ben Affleck, is in prison with his cell mate, Nick, played by James Frain. Nick is in love with his pen pal named Ashley, played by Charlize Theron. Neither one of them can wait to get out of prison in two days. Nick is killed by another prisoner before he is released. Rudy walks out alone when he sees Ashley waiting for Nick, so he pretends he's Nick to get with her. 

What he didn't know is that her brother, Gabriel, played by Gary Sinise, is a criminal that wants to rob a casino. He needs Nick because he used to work in the casino that they will rob. Now held hostage and forced to work for Gabriel, everyone thinks that Rudy is Nick. Now what?

This movie has a pretty good cast and Rotten Tomatoes says there is bad acting? We know bad acting when we see it, this is not it.