edward scissorhands batman returns gremlins Ho ho no: Ranking the Top 10 least Christmas y Christmas movies

During the holiday season, TV networks unload a whole bunch of Christmas movies and specials on viewers. From standbys like “It’s a Wonderful Life” to stop-motion classics like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” the month of December is filled with festive and jolly stories. 

Until, that is, the not-holiday holiday movies make their way onto the small screen.

For some unknown reason, movies with little reference to Christmas — oh hey there, ABC Family’s airing of “The Little Mermaid” during its 25 Days of Christmas event — and films with tons of murder, deceit and loud noises have somehow become holiday staples. Go figure.

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In an effort to figure out why movies like “L.A. Confidential” are able to make the Christmas list, here’s a list of the Top 10 Not-Christmas Christmas movies (in order of “I guess it kind of works” to “Santa would hate this”) you’re likely to see on the air in December:

10. ‘Rent’



Tenuous holiday connection: It takes places between Christmas Eve 1989 and Christmas Eve 1990.

Humbug factor: It’s more about a group of friends trying to figure out life and paying their rent than about Christmas time.

9. ‘Trading Places’



Tenuous holiday connection: It’s set during the holiday season, and one scene takes place during a Christmas party.

Humbug factor: Two millionaires set out to switch the lives of two men: a businessman and street hustler. But there’s really no big connection to the holidays.

8. ‘Edward Scissorhands’



Tenuous holiday connection: The film came out in December, and there’s lots of snow in it.


Humbug factor:
It’s a seriously dark fantasy film about an artificial human who has scissors for hands and is aching for human connection.

7. ‘Batman Returns’



Tenuous holiday connection: It’s Christmas time in Gotham City!

Humbug factor: Well, the film starts with parents throwing their deformed infant into the sewers, so that’s jolly, right?

6.’Die Hard’



Tenuous holiday connection: It takes place on Christmas Eve.

Humbug factor: Um, there are terrorists holding hostages, a bloody Bruce Willis and just a touch of cocaine. All the playing of “Christmas in Hollis” in the world doesn’t make this a Yuletide movie.

5. ‘Die Hard 2’



Tenuous holiday connection: This one also takes place on Christmas Eve.

Humbug factor: Surprise, this one also has terrorists holding hostages. At least it’s snowy this time? 

4. ‘L.A. Confidential’



Tenuous holiday connection: The movie’s opening scenes take place on Christmas Eve.

Humbug factor: It’s all about police corruption and the dark underbelly of 1940s Los Angeles. Whacking mobsters in a secret hotel room is not jolly.  

3. ‘Reindeer Games’



Tenuous holiday connection: The film was supposed to hit theaters around Christmas time — it eventually opened in February — and, at one point, the main characters dress up like Santa.
Humbug factor: It’s a thriller about an inmate who assumes the identity of his dead cellmate and then gets involved in a casino heist. Merry Christmas!

Holiday airdate: Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on AMC.

2. ‘Gremlins’



Tenuous holiday connection: Billy gets his new pet, Gizmo, as an early Christmas present.

Humbug factor: The Gremlins are evil, they have really scary teeth and, at one point, they attack Santa.

1. ‘Lethal Weapon’



Tenuous holiday connection: It takes place during the holiday season, and the final scene takes place on Christmas day. Also, “Jingle Bell Rock” is playing in the opening scene.

Humbug factor: Too bad that scene with “Jingle Bell Rock” shows a woman falling to her death. Can’t you feel the Christmas spirit all around you?

Holiday airdate: Dec. 5 at 7:45 a.m. on IFC.
Posted by:Casey Rackham