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After diving into all the great Christmas-themed slashers and horror movies like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Santa's Slay, Christmas Evil, Saint Nick, and many others, it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s another great holiday to revel in just around the corner. There might not be as many films directly centered on ushering in the New Year, but there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a few days and nights.
I realize that not everyone smiles in glee like I do as teenagers get axed and knifed. Some folks just want some alternate choices in the face of all the countdowns and variety shows they’re bombarded with every year. The list I’ve put together includes not only slasher and horror flicks, but disaster, sci-fi, and action-oriented ones as well.
“New Year’s Evil” tells the tale of a Punk Rock and New Wave TV show host »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Who knew Santa could be so scary? Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West, seems a tad bit put off by her first encounter with jolly Saint Nick. Or maybe she just doesn't like the gift? "North is warming up to Santa," Kim captioned a pic she shared on Instagram on Friday night. "The same Santa has come to my moms Christmas Eve party since I was a kid. I love sharing the tradition with my baby girl!" North is still warming up to Santa. The same Santa has come to my moms Christmas Eve party since I was a kid. »
- Christine Pelisek, @chrispelisek
Vine stars Nash Grier and Christian Delgrosso released a new Christmas skit on Saturday in which they argue whether Santa is real.
In the skit, which was the No. 1 trend on Twitter Saturday morning, Delgrosso catches Grier excitedly baking Christmas cookies. But when asked what he’s making them for, Grier doesn’t want to reveal what he’s doing. But, his Vine friend surmises that they’re for Santa Claus. But, Santa isn’t real, right?
See photos: 9 Overnight Internet Sensations: From ‘Alex From Target’ to ‘Hot Mug Shot Guy’
The two go back and forth on what they believe, »
- Jethro Nededog
North West is not a fan of Santa ... and we have the picture to prove it! Kim Kardashian took to Instagram on Friday to share an adorable photo of her daughter meeting Santa, and she does not look impressed. "North is still warming up to Santa," the reality star wrote with a pic of Nori starting to cry as she gets near Saint Nick. "The same Santa has come to my moms Christmas Eve party since I was a kid. I love sharing the tradition with my baby girl! Hope everyone had the best Christmas." Doting daddy Kanye West is also in the sweet snapshot, looking sweetly at his daughter while she's being comforted by his wife.Mrs. West posted another holiday pic with Nori and younger sister Kendall Jenner from their annual big Christmas Eve bash."I have so many cute pics to post but so slow this weekend, »
- tooFab Staff
Sorry, Santa. You're going to have do better than that if you're going to impress North West! Kim Kardashian shared an adorable photo of her daughter North meeting Santa, and she does not look impressed with the big guy. "North is still warming up to Santa," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star captioned. "The same Santa has come to my moms Christmas Eve party since I was a kid. I love sharing the tradition with my baby girl! Hope everyone had the best Christmas." Santa is even offering a baby doll to North, but she looks near tears despite the present, so better luck next time, ol' Saint Nick. Also in the photo is dad Kanye West, who is looking sweetly at his »
U.K. animation team Jens & Anna reveal what Santa and his team get up to after the holidays. If you thought Saint Nick settled into his icy abode for a long winter’s nap, you thought wrong. It turns out that the jolly old man enjoys wearing different costumes (he’s always wanted a tail, so the frog getup is his favorite), sneaking booze into his coffee cup, and visiting his local house of domination so he can be bound, suspended and whipped with candy canes. Your average Christmas tree rehydrates those prickly needles by going diving, and the leftover presents kvetch at the local beauty salon. So basically, everyone is tired and weary and trying to piece together their sanity like most of America after the holiday. The cute short comforts us in that we’re...
Statistics show that Christmas is also the most wonderful time of the year for a demographic we would like to avoid entirely. Criminals. With many families leaving for Holidays and gifts wrapped under the tree it might be a dirtier, more foul Saint Nick, who visits a house for milk, cookies, and everything valuable.
Everyone understands, while we hope protection will never be necessary, to ignore it is foolish. The problem is how do we go about protecting themselves? The most obvious solution is to go through the rings required to own a firearm, but guns can be scary and lethal. The next obvious choice, a big snarling dog, isn’t the most attractive option either. Left without choices, many people decide to purchase an alarm system…
…Which may end up being the worst decision they will ever make. The news is full of stories of residential homeowners »
- Michael Thompson
When Santa comes to mind, you may envision him stationed in the North Pole or atop a sleigh, but good ol' Saint Nick also spends a lot of time in front of the camera. Actors ranging from '90s teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas to Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti have donned Santa's iconic red suit. Check out other actors that have dressed - and sometimes decided to go shirtless - as the beloved holiday figure. »
The Doctor has joined forces with an array of heroes throughout his previous festive escapades but in this year’s seasonal special, Last Christmas, he’ll come face to face with the greatest one of them all… Santa Claus himself.
Before Old Saint Nick – literally too, since he’s played by Nick Frost! – sets his sights on “one of the Time Lord’s most incredible adventures yet” (the BBC’s words, not ours!), though, Wnovians across the land will be hoping he pays them a visit on Christmas Eve to deliver a host of Doctor Who goodies and timey-wimey treats. And let’s face it, they don’t exactly have a limited amount of them to choose from!
As one of television’s most successful and sought after franchises, it’s not surprising that Doctor Who has spawned one of the biggest ranges of merchandise from here to Trenzalore. »
- Dan Butler
By Rod Barnett
I was completely gob-smacked by this one, folks. From the title and description of this 1980 release, I was expecting a smarmy slasher film that used the holiday season for a cheap backdrop and even cheaper jokes. What I got instead was a very well-made character study reminiscent of Polanski's Repulsion. Although not as good as that classic, it stands proudly beside it as a fascinating picture of a slow descent into madness and murder. If anything, Harry Standling is a more sympathetic main character as we are shown in a brief prologue the genesis of both his fixation on Christmas and the reason for his awkwardness with people. At an impressionable age the young Harry crept downstairs on Christmas Eve to see Santa sexually gratifying his mother. That this Santa was actually his father didn't register and the traumatized boy never really got over the sight of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
BBC has released the first promo trailer for Doctor Who’s Christmas special, “Last Christmas.” In the episode Clara and the Doctor find themselves trapped on an arctic base and under attack from some crazy looking slimy creatures. To stop them and survive they have to team up with none other than jolly old Saint Nick!
Even though this hasn’t been my favorite season of Doctor Who, I’m still looking forward to watching the Christmas Special. It looks like it will be fun. The episode is set to air on Christmas day.
- Joey Paur
If you hate lists, sorry, that's what December is all about. From Best [Insert Category] of the year, to drafting what you want from ol' Saint Nick, as we count down to the New Year that's what your going to get. This afternoon, the American Film Institute dropped their list of what they deem as "culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image." So eleven films, and ten TV shows get the honors (in no particular order), and there's not much in the way of surprises. There are no real outliers or shocks in either category, and as far as year-end lists go it's pretty tame and safe. The AFI really loves the big studio awards bait, and they are watching premium cable just like everyone else. Though, we are glad to see some love for "The Knick," which can always use a little more, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With rumors already swirling that Series 8 was the last go around for Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), “Doctor Who” threw proverbial kerosene on the fire by naming the 2014 Christmas special “Last Christmas.” But maybe it’s just a Wham! reference? This year, the Doctor encounters Santa Claus (Nick Frost) and his elves on the roof of Clara’s home. Shenanigans ensue. During an interview with Den of Geek a few weeks ago, Capaldi assured fans there would be no funny business or surprise secret identities for Father Christmas. “He’s the real Santa, which is great - he’s not a Santa robot or a Santa alien or anything like that; he’s the real genuine Santa Claus, which is brilliant.” Having met Robin Hood earlier this year, that makes two mythical characters who are proven to exist within the “Doctor Who” universe, opening the door to all kinds of story possibilities in the future. »
- Donna Dickens
Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.
The myth of Santa Claus can be traced to the Netherlands legend of Saint Nicholas. But in this film Saint Nicholas doesn’t bring presents. He was a bishop killed by the villagers that he tormented. And every full moon on the 5th of December he rises from the grave to take his revenge. But that was in the 10th century, and now the tale is told as a bedtime story. But this year Amsterdam better keep their doors locked. Saint Nick »
- Jeremy Jones
Get Santa is probably the only Christmas family movie that asks whether could Santa be a child molester. The scene comes early in the film, when precocious moppet Tom has discovered a creepy, bearded man passed out in his garden shed in the middle of the night. Calling his dad excitedly, Tom explains that he’s chatting to a strange man who “wants to show me his plan,”
Dad’s eyes widen in horror, no doubt picturing his son becoming a victim of sick trouser-based rummaging. He hops in his van and burns rubber to the shed, threatening to beat the crap out of Santa if he ever so much as looks at another kid. It’s this skewed tone that fuels Get Santa, a film that can at least be given credit for taking Christmas cinema to bizarre new territory.
- David James
Jeremy Bernstein has had a diverse career to say the least, writing for video game properties such as Dead Space 2 and Pretty in Pink, and television in the form of the TNT show, Leverage. Continuing this streak, Jeremy is teaming up with the digital comic book publisher, Thrillbent, to release his take on the world of private investigators, through the eyes of Santa Claus in Santa Claus: Private Eye. That’s right, Jeremy’s latest endeavor finds old Saint Nick living in a grim noir fantasy piece, putting the skills he’s learned as the jolliest creature in fiction into the art of being a private dick. Collider was able to sit down with Jeremy and talk about his latest endeavor as well as his background. Hit the jump for our interview. Collider: Jeremy, You've written for video games and television, do you find those both translate to comics, especially digital ones? »
- Evan Valentine
[Since Halloween is this week, Adam, Perri, and I decided to write a bit about the films we watch annually to celebrate the holiday. Click here for Adam's pick.] My memory is a bit hazy, but I'm pretty sure The Nightmare Before Christmas was the first stop-motion animated film I ever saw. I was used to 2D animation and had never seen the work of Ray Harryhausen and his ilk. Then my parents took me to see the film, and Jack Skellington's sentiments regarding Christmas Town could have easily applied to my feelings about Henry Selick's masterpiece. The movie that may not be scary, but it embodies the best aspects of a child's holiday traditions. For those who haven't seen the film (you monsters), it's about Jack Skellington (speaking voice by Chris Sarandon and singing voice by composer Danny Elfman), the "Pumpkin King" of Halloween Town who has grown tired with the annual celebration. After a night of despondently walking through the woods, he comes across a collection of trees. Each one has a door and the door corresponds to a specific holiday. »
- Matt Goldberg
One would never imagine Santa Claus as…..a private eye.
From the mind of television/video game writer Jeremy Bernstein, he wrote a comic book series about a supernatural Santa Claus moonlighting as a detective in this film noir-inspired series.
Here’s the synopsis:
A modern day noir, in which a down-and-out Saint Nick spends the Other 364 days of the year holding his own in the lonely city, just another average jake trying to make ends meet. He’s traded the red and white suit for a trenchcoat and fedora, traded the North Pole for back alleys and rain-slicked streets. Instead of days filled with jolly elves and hand-made toys, it’s long, dark nights filled with gangster, guns, and femme fatales… and the nicer they look, the naughtier they are.
When the wealthy, widowed Julia Barton hires Nick to find out who murdered her husband, it could be the »
- Gig Patta
Christmas fast approaching, it brings with it the obligatory Santa movie, and Get Santa promises to be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, with Jim Broadbent's (his second time connected to the role after Arthur Christmas) Saint Nick finding himself in jail after crashing his new sleigh in London. While he gets used to prison life, a father and his estranged son (Rafe Spall and Kit Connor) attempt to break him out in time for Christmas. Broadbent seems to be having a blast here, and there is a lot of room for director Christopher Smith (best known for horrors Severence and Triangle) to have quite a bit of fun with the premise. Check the trailer out below. Released: 5th December (Irl/U.K) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It’s a question heard throughout many homes during the holiday season. No, not “Who spiked the eggnog with lighter fuel?” We’re talking about the big man himself, Santa Claus, and whether or not he truly exists. I’m still out on this one, but it seems that one filmmaker firmly believes in Saint Nicholas. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower writer-director, Stephen Chbosky, has signed up to helm the festival family romp Santa Is Real, which will also double as a musical to add a dose of extra holiday jollies!
Walden Media and New Regency are behind the pic, which is based on the upcoming novel Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter. However, despite the title, the novel is not about The Santa Claus, who is oft spotted chomping down on mince pies »
- Gem Seddon
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