Many associate feelings of joy and cheer and merriment with the Christmas season. Slasher film Black Christmas might say otherwise. The thrillingly violent Christmas movie is sure to offer a much-needed palate cleanser between marathon screenings of Elf and A Christmas Story.
Probably the definitive non-traditional Christmas movie, Die Hard sees a heroic New York city cop try to put a stop to a group of terrorists at his wife’s work Christmas party. The role of John McClane, played experly by Bruce Willis, has become practically synonymous with Christmastime.
Steven Spielberg’s iconic sci-fi movie ET. the Extra-Terrestrial just screams fall—from its wooded landscapes to its autumnal costume design, the movie is the perfect film to watch between September and November. For this reason, plus the fact that it features a Halloween sequence, E.T. makes for the perfect nontraditional Thanksgiving or Halloween movie.
An 80s classic (and one of a couple movies responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating), Joe Dante’s Gremlins can serve as a Halloween film because of its family-friendly scares or a Christmas film because of its wintry December setting. What more could you ask for in a nontraditional holiday movie?
Often mistaken for a Tim Burton movie, Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas doubles as both a Halloween movie AND a Christmas movie, just like Joe Dante’s Gremlins. Jack Skellington might be a Halloween king, but he makes a fine Santa, too.