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So far, we’ve settled the cases of Edward Scissorhands (1990), Die Hard (1988), and Lethal Weapon (1987) and their respective standings as a verified Christmas movie, but there is one more title still up for debate. To put an end to yet another so-called Christmas movie dispute, we are putting the 80’s, comedic-horror classic Gremlins (1984) on trial and laying out our evidence to prove once and for all if this title has earned its place in the holiday movie canon.
Last week, we settled the exhausted debate over Die Hard (1988), confirming that it is in fact a Christmas movie, but it isn’t the only 80’s action thriller that has caused a murmur around its standing as a holiday classic. In an attempt to put some of these arguments to rest, we are putting Lethal Weapon (1987) on trial and laying out our evidence to prove once and for all if this title has earned its place in the holiday movie canon.
Starring the lovable lummox Clark Griswold and his hapless family, Christmas Vacation has become a holiday staple for a number of reasons: the over-the-top slapstick comedy, hilarious family antics, witty banter, and of course, the valuable life lessons we’ve all learned from watching the Griswolds maniacally band together every year.
To put some of these arguments to rest, we are putting these so-called Christmas movies on trial and laying out our evidence to prove once and for all if these titles have earned their place in the holiday movie canon. To start the month off, we would like to bring to the stand Tim Burton’s bizarre classic, Edward Scissorhands.
Packed with childlike humor (and some not-so childlike) that is perfect for any age, parents and children alike find themselves doubled over watching Buddy’s Christmas antics. And though some have expressed that Buddy may not be everyone’s cup of whisky-laced coffee, we wanted to throw our Santa hat into the ring in defending Elf as the most modern entry into the Christmas movie canon.
This Friday we unwrap an early present with one of the first Christmas movies of the year, Last Christmas. You may recognize the title from the hit song performed by the English pop duo Wham! In preparation for the upcoming release of Last Christmas, we take a look at some other Christmas songs that lent their name to theatrically released movies.