naughty or nice?

From the clas­sics to sub­ver­sive takes on the sea­son, here are our picks to get you in a fes­tive mood


Black Christ­mas (1974)

A mur­derer gives the res­i­dents of a soror­ity

house a very scary Christ­mas by deck­ing the halls with their blood in this early slasher lm es ite its nar­ra­tive aws it is the er­fect an­ti­dote for all the tin­sel and twin­kle that

Christ­mas brings

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Open­ing with a Christ­mas party, Tom Cruise and Ni­cole Kid­man be­come pawns in this se ually charged lm lled with lies, adul­tery, and masked fa­nat­ics. Es­sen­tial

for those that want an un­nerv­ing yet con­tem­po­rary

Christ­mas tale.

Grem­lins (1984)

o you want a lm that is naughty but fes­tive and satir­i­cal but cute? This 19 s Christ­mas clas­sic is ust for you. The main char­ac­ter Gizmo the mog­wai looks like the kind of harm­less pet you d give your loved one if you were mis­chievous and want to ruin their Christ­mas spirit.

The Silent Part­ner (1978)

This lm starts with a Toronto bank teller dou­ble cross­ing a depart­ment store Santa Claus who is try­ing to rob his store. This is ust the

start­ing premise of a well put to­gether lm some­thing

bound to in­ter­est the ama­teur de­tec­tive in you.

The Shin­ing (1980)

This win­try hor­ror clas­sic starts off in­no­cent enough un­til Jack Ni­chol­son comes at you in a fren­zied at­tempt to chop your head off with an axe. A must watch if you want some­thing thought pro­vok­ing for the hol­i­days.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star as com­pet­ing book­store own­ers who hate each other in real life but un­know­ingly fall in love through an AOL email chat room. If you are in the mood for a light­hearted

ro­mance, watch this.

A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas (1965)

“Is there any­one that knows what Christ­mas is all about?” ques­tions Char­lie Brown in this up­lift­ing car­toon that

sees the Peanuts char­ac­ters nurs­ing an ail­ing lit­tle Christ­mas tree and learn­ing the value

of co­op­er­a­tion.

It’s a Won­der­ful Life


A mov­ing trib­ute to the power of the in­di­vid­ual. This fam­ily clas­sic is a true de­light, as James Ste­wart puts on an iconic per­for­mance as a good hearted yet sui­ci­dal man who is given a chance to look at life again with

fresh eyes.

Arthur Christ­mas (2011)

Ev­ery day feels like Christ­mas for Authur, son

of Santa, as he helps his dad de­liver all of the world’s presents in one evening. Let this hu­mor­ous an­i­ma­tion take you on a jour­ney as this clumsy kid leaves the North Pole on a mis­sion, com­plete with his rein­deer and elves in tow.

Joyeux Noel (2005)

The WWI Christ­mas sea­son of 1914 is the set­ting for this snowy heart-warmer in which Bri­tish, French, and Ger­man sol­diers agree on a cease re to cel­e­brate Christ­mas. This is a dis­arm­ing and mov­ing pic­ture which is sure to bring cheer to those who be­lieve in the good­ness

of peo­ple.

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