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Best Christmas movies for people who usually hate them

Billy Bob Thornton in a scene from the film Bad Santa. Sick of all the glad tidings and the celebrations of comfort and joy on your TV this Christmas season?
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It’s still possible to enjoy some Yuletide-themed viewing without having to endure Carols in the Bowl or sit through Miracle on 34th Street for the 15th time in your life.

Relieve some of that festive cheer with one of these Christmas movies for people who hate them .

Bad Santa (For 18 years+)

An anti-Christmas classic, this 2004 comedy stars Billy Bob Thornton as Willie, a heavy drinking, smoking, foul-mouthed crook who, once a year, masquerades as a department store Santa so he can rip them off, then live off the proceeds until the following Christmas, all ably abetted by his ‘little helper’, partner Tony Cox.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (For 7 years+)

Another cult classic, this Tim Burton-directed 1993 stop-motion animation is possibly, technically, a Halloween movie, about the creepy inhabitants of Halloween Town. Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, bored with scaring regular people, decides to kidnap Santa instead, delivering him to a gambling addict boogieman. With skeleton reindeer, snakes and shrunken heads, this melancholy Yuletide film is not really for little kids.

Scrooged (For 12 years+)

​ Bill Murray (enough said, surely?) plays Ebenezer Scrooge in this dark 1988 update on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. While Scrooged doesn’t deviate from Dickens’ uplifting ending, there’s plenty of mean spiritedness before we get there, with Murray brilliant as Frank Cross, a selfish bastard of a TV network president who hates Christmas.

Silent Night, Deadly Night (For 18 years+)

A classic 1980s VHS-era slasher, Silent Night, Deadly Night features a classic horror trope given a festive makeover: shortly after five-year-old Billy Chapman (Robert Brian Wilson) is told that Santa punishes naughty kids, he and he family help out a man having car trouble (that old chestnut), who is actually a criminal dressed as Santa. ‘Santa’ kills Billy’s parents, and, after years of abuse in a Catholic orphanage, Billy himself turns into a psycho killer. Yes, you guessed it, dressing as Santa. Check out the trailer, which caused a bit of controversy at the time.

Die Hard (For 16 years+)

Ok, it’s kind of stretching it, but the original Die Hard is set at Christmas and has some of the most quotable festive(ish) lines in modern cinema. John McClane (Bruce Willis), is visiting his wife for Christmas so, you know…. also features a corpse in a Santa hat and the killer line: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho”. As Christmassy as it gets for an action blockbuster.

Go (For 16 years+)

Technically a teen(ish) movie about hedonism and, well, mainly drugs, but all the action does takes place on Christmas Eve. With three interwoven storylines all revolving around one drug deal, and told from three different points of view, this fast-paced film from Swingers director Doug Liman features a great soundtrack – not a Carol to be heard – a pre-Scientology Katie Holmes, lots of pop culture references and Timothy Olyphant as a Santa hat, pajama-clad drug dealer.

Gremlins (For 10 years+)

Again, not technically a Christmas movie, and this is one you can actually watch with the whole family, but everything begins to unravel in this Joe Dante ’80s classic when a Christmas gift is not treated with the care instructions it came with… Always pay attention to the instructions.

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