Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule


It's pitch black outside, the sitting room is discarded with bits of cast-off wrapping paper, and the kids are in bed. Time to fire up some more age-appropriate fare for the grown-ups.

More after the break...

Die Hard (Now TV)

It's been billed as an "alternative Christmas movie" for so long now that it's starting to feel more festive than It's A Wonderful Life. Die Hard's action-movie heroics are still a great antidote to all the saccharine, sentimental piffle that's cluttering up the airwaves on the regular TV channels, though – particularly Alan Rickman's withering turn as villain Hans Gruber.

Watch Die Hard on Now TV

Black Christmas (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)

He sees you when you're sleeping… this vintage horror movie finds a group of sorority sisters terrorised by a mystery killer. But this is no hackneyed hack 'em up – it's the original slasher movie, which (along with the similarly holiday-themed Halloween) begat the genre that spawned a thousand masked killers. Dated? Unquestionably. But it's a piece of horror movie history.

Watch Black Christmas on Netflix
Rent Black Christmas on Amazon Prime Instant Video (£2.50)

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