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10 'Alternative' Christmas Films That Still Employ Classic Festive Themes

Because isn't Christmas really about death and explosions? Deranged monsters, super villains and taking out terrorists?

Christmas in the movies. A time for family and friends coming together. Learning what matters in life. Sharing. Caring. Celebrating the birth of Jesus and the adventures of a jolly old man in a big red suit. Or is it about death and explosions? Deranged monsters, super villains and taking out terrorists? I could list a whole load of great festive films that perfectly capture the spirit of Christmas (The Muppets Christmas Carol, Scrooged) but this article has a slightly different flavour. I'm going to take you through 10 alternative films for the festive period. The films that could be watched any time of the year, despite their Christmas setting. Films that wouldn't necessarily top anyone's list when you think about what makes up a classic Christmas movie. Except that they kind of do have those elements. Coming together. Family. Love. Hope. Classic Christmas archetypes that all these 'alternative films' employ. Because there is something so magical about Christmas that any film based around it can't help but share that magic too...
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A writer for Whatculture since May 2013, I also write for TheRichest.com and am the TV editor and writer for Thedigitalfix.com . I wrote two plays for the Greater Manchester Horror Fringe in 2013, the first an adaption of Simon Clark's 'Swallowing A Dirty Seed' and my own original sci-fi horror play 'Centurion', which had an 8/10* review from Starburst magazine! (http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/eventsupcoming-genre-events/6960-event-review-centurion) I also wrote an episode for online comedy series Supermarket Matters in 2012. I aim to achieve my goal for writing for television (and get my novels published) but in the meantime I'll continue to write about those TV shows I love! Follow me on Twitter @BazGreenland and like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BazGreenlandWriter