If you're anything like me, you are not ready to let go of Halloween just yet. I mean, who wants to watch a family find the meaning of Christmas over Freddy Kruger inhabiting people's nightmares?! So say no to the Christmas spirit possessing people's minds, and keep those pumpkins out for a little while longer! Here's three spooky Christmas movies to ease you into the quickly approaching month of December.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Phase one "BAH HUMBUG! I want Halloween back": The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated movie that you're never too old for. It also gives you the excuse to say "hey, it's a Christmas movie!". This film creates a magical world, full of unforgettable characters straight out of the mind of the great Tim Burton. Not only is it a beautifully animated movie, it has creepy songs to singalong to! With the perfect balance of spooky and fun, this film will have you eating candy corn on your couch with glee all the way through Christmas.
Phase two, "at least the people in the sweater vests are being killed": Now that you've had your chance to watch Jack and the creatures of Halloween Town one more time, it's time for Krampus. Unfortunately this horror/comedy doesn't come out until December 4th, but it's well worth the wait. I mean, who doesn't want to see Adam Scott and David Koechner in the same house while getting terrorized by the shadow of Saint Nicholas? This trailer has me immediately hooked, not only because of the cast, but because the movie seems like it's going to just have fun with a dumb take on a scary movie. So go and get a couple of laughs and scares in the theater December 4th!
A Christmas Carol
Phase three, "okay this is a Christmas movie but I'm still in denial": Now with this phase you have many different adaptations to choose from, so choose whatever film floats your boat. A Christmas Carol is such a classic that the inner witch inside you can’t say no. Whether you watch for the happy ending, or identify with Scrooge and his views on Christmas, it’s a must see. If you enjoy animated films you can choose the 2009 version with Jim Carrey as the voice of Scrooge. Or for a more modern comedy, you can never go wrong with Bill Murray in the 1988 version, Scrooged. Oh wait, did I hear you say “what about Patrick Stewart”? BAM, the 1999 version is ready for your viewing pleasure with the touch of a button.
It doesn’t matter if you are a little late to the Christmas party, some of us need a little time to switch that ghost costume out with the Santa suit. But eventually you have to let go and start the Halloween countdown for next year.