It’s that time of year again, Christmas is coming and it’s almost time for Hans Gruber to fall from the Nakatomi Plaza, Bill Murray and Michael Caine get visited by the Christmas Ghosts, the Gremlins run riot in small town America and the Griswalds suffer their family arriving. All of these Christmas classics are no doubts already in your watch list, alongside others such as The Polar Express, Love Actually, Serendipidity and maybe The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are plenty of other films that are likely in many peoples lists we haven’t mentioned here, but in the last few years, there are some movies that you should definitely add to your Pre-Christmas watching and we have added them in no particualr order below. Let us know what you think or what you add by joining us on our social channels!
Klaus – (Netflix)
This 2019 animated story, is simply beautiful from the slick animation to the story it tells. It’s basically a Santa origin story, with a spoilt postman who is sent by his father to the most bleak town on the map to deliver a large number of mail in a town where everyone hates each other and are warring all the time. By sheer accident he drops one mail at a deserted house, which has a lot of carved toys in, that ends up in the creation of the Santa story. It’ll bring a tear to your eye, joy to your heart and some laughs along the way.
The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)
Kurt Russell as Father Christmas. From the production team that gave us the first Harry Potter movie and Hoe Alone. What’s not to like? Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late. It’s a rip roaring adventure for all of the family and one of the best movies that Netlfix have produced to date. There’s a sequel too, so if you can’t get enough of this, then there’s more waiting!
Spirited (Apple TV+)
Another reworking of the Scrooge tale, but not quite as you know it. Ferrell, who already has a bone fide Christmas classic in Elf, adds another one here, joining forces with Ryan Reynolds to create a hugely festive fun Christmas muscial with some outstadning tunes you’ll be humming on the special day. Doesn’t quite eclipse the Muppets Christmas Carol, but it’s definitely up there on the Scrooge Top 5 reworkings.
8 Bit Christmas (NOWTV)
The retro throwback. In the same ball park as Jinngle All The Way, 8 Bit Christmas features Neil Patrick Harris looking back at a Christmas in the 80’s when he and his friends did all they could to try and get their hands on a NES for the big day. Of course things don’t goto plan and all kinds of chaos happens. With a fantastic payoff that you won’t see coming. With some top gags both scripted and physical, not only does it feature NPH, but the amazing Steve Zahn too. This is all about appreciating what you’ve got and family. What more could you want?
The most recent film which is currently in cinemas now, is probably the best all out action (And hugely violent) Christmas movie since Die Hard. With Stranger Things David Harbour as the man in the red suit taking on a houseful of mercenaries, who simply push him to far and they (don’t live long enough) to regret it. More than just an ode to Die Hard, and there are plentiful references here. It’s a testosterone fuelled tinsel laden blast of extreme violence. Somewhere in there, they’res even a Christmas message waiting to get out, but you’ll have to much fun watching this to worry about that…
Anna And The Apocalypse (PRIME Video, ITVX, Britbox)
And finally, the zombie apocalypse, Christmas muscial you didn’t know you needed. Anna And The Apocalypse has been described as Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land, which maybe true but it’s so much more than that. The second musical on our lsit alongside spirited, this features the simply brilliant Ella Hunt as the titular Anna, fighting to stay alive against eh ravaging hordes before santa drops off presents to what’s left of the world. Another movie featuring some great tunes and set pieces and one of the most truly deserved endings for a character (Played by a top form Paul kaye) since Joffrey Baratheon in Game Of Thrones.
So there you have it. 6 new Christmas movies if you haven’t already checked out, we really think you should. Let us know when you’ve seen them what you think! And from all of us here at Screen One, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!