Five Alternative Christmas Films
Christmas is almost upon us again, and to many it is a joyous time to eat drink and constantly be merry. But for every Christmas loving person out there, there’s also a pre-nightmarish-ghost-epiphany Scrooge type bah-humbugging away at all the schmaltz now intoxicating the tv schedules.
So for anyone who feels like they can’t physically sit through another version of a Christmas Carol, or may vomit if they see Andrew Lincoln holding up cards in Love Actually one more time, here’s a list of five alternative Christmas films.
5 Black Christmas
This is the only one on the list that’s technically even a Christmas film, but it’s a Christmas film where you get to see people getting stalked and killed so it’s very anti-festive. Set in a sorority house just before the Christmas holidays, the original was a pinnacle in the slasher genre, and saw Margot Kidder and friends come up against a mysterious stalker, who’s obscene telephone calls were the least worrying thing about them.
Probably only on the list because it’s one of the greatest films ever rather than having anything to do with actual Christmas, it’s still worth a mention because it features a brilliant chase scene through a maze full of snow, and a thoroughly frozen Jack Nicholson.
Again, mainly on the list just because it’s a really good film, which stars Ryan Gosling as a small town oddball who forms a none sexual – and surprisingly quite sweet – relationship with a sex doll. It’s so much better than it sounds I promise. It vaguely links to Christmas because the eponymous Lars has some fine knitwear, that would fit in perfectly at any Christmas-jumper-at-work-day.
Into the Wild is an alternative Christmas because it features some lovely shots of snow and mountains and other wintry goodness, whilst at the same time being a a bit of a downer, and a complete happy ending free zone. And Emile Hirsch is excellent.
1 Winter’s Bone
Winter’s Bone is a brilliant film that gave Jennifer Lawrence receive her first Oscar nomination at the tender age of twenty. It’s quite glum, but brilliantly acted, and sees her play a young girl who must find her Father – by any means possible – after he skips bail in order to care for her younger siblings. Worth seeing alone for her blistering central performance, it also features some really quite unpleasant moments; if a severed hand doesn’t put you in the festive spirit, nothing will.