We all know the classic Christmas flicks – the Love Actually’s and the Miracle on 54th Street’s of the world – but what about all those cult picks? The little known or little appreciated films that everyone secretly loves or has never even been exposed to.
A Christmas Tale (2008)
If you love snow and subtitles and sarcastic sweetness, this is the film for you. The story of a squabbling family who come together for one last Christmas with their ill mother is so perfectly portrayed and so delightfully wonderful that we promise, even if you hate snow and subtitles and sarcastic sweetness, you will after this.
When the majority of a film takes place in a 90’s Manhattan bar, you can’t really go wrong. But add a situation where everyone is lying to everyone to try and get ahead and the bitter humor is thick enough to slice with a knife and you’ve got a dark comedy that is perfect for those “not-so-happy” holiday nights when you don’t feel like being in a holly-jolly mood.
Remember The Night (1940)
This is the stuff that Love Actually was born and bred on – an NYC assistant distract attorney takes pity on a shoplifter that is hours away from her family and brings her home for Christmas. Obviously they fall in love (duh!) which totally makes things super awks when he has to prosecute her a week later. Dun, dun, dunnnnnnn.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Santa’s been kidnapped by aliens. Need we say more? Sure it’s actually a terrible flick but on that night when you’re borderline slipping into a turkey/wine coma and you don’t want to think you just want to giggle stupidly, this is hands down the flick for you. And it won’t bore the bf to tears either. Win.
The Gingerdead Man (2005)
A Texas serial killer is sentenced to death and comes back to life as, you guessed it, a gingerbread man. No, friends, this wasn’t stuck on the end of this list as a joke, this is real life. Hey, we never claimed they were the best Christmas flicks, just the least heard of.