25 of the best alternative Christmas movies

Scrooged (1988)

Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is made all the more entertaining by the zaniness of Bill Murray's character Frank – an egotistical and sardonic television producer who thinks it a good idea to staple antlers to a mouse.

Frank must go through his redemption with the crude, cigar-smoking Ghost of Christmas Past, the hyper-active, ball-busting ghost of Christmas Present and the ominously creepy Ghost of Christmas Future. The nutcase from Police Academy running around is the cherry on top of this well iced Christmas cake.

The Apartment (1960)

Bud, a lonely insurance drone, loans his conveniently located apartment to various company managers for their extramarital affairs in exchange for a fast track ticket to the top of the corporate ladder. The bad stuff hits the fan at the office party on Christmas Eve when he discovers the object of his own affection, Fran, is his boss' mistress and Fran then discovers she is one of many from his gossiping secretary and overdoses on sleeping pills. There is a happy ending. We promise.

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

There's nothing holy about this slasher film. It’s about an axe-wielding Santa – so it's definitely not one for the kids. But it does put a completely different spin on what Santa does to the badly behaved. Kind of. It's more to do with the psychological effects of witnessing your parents getting hacked to death by a man posing as Santa. But it does involve skewering a girl on the antlers of a mounted antelope head. Ouch.

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

It’s set at Christmas, but The Long Kiss Goodnight’s peck on the cheek of festivity ends there (and with a soundtrack that includes Elvis Presley’s Santa Claus Is Back In Town). But get this: it was penned by the same screenwriter (Shane Black) who wrote Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Last Boy Scout – all set at Christmas. Spooky, eh?

In Bruges (2008)

Everyone wants to be in Bruges at Christmas. Everyone except Ray (Colin Farrell) who deems it a “shithole” on arrival. There’s little evidence of the Christmas spirit elsewhere either, as Ray and fellow hitman Ken blunder their way through the darker recesses of the Venice of the North. There’s plenty of merry, though – the jokes come thick and fast.

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