Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat – here is the Snacks Not Included guide to the best alternative Christmas movies. We are going to the deeper side of Christmas movies, there will be no Miracle on 34th Street or Love Actually on this list…expect blood!!!
Anna and the Apocalypse
A cross between Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead with lots of Christmas cheer in this British horror comedy.
This 1974 Canadian movie was the first slasher horror movie ever made and went on to inspire movies like Halloween & Friday 13th. Set in a sorority house that is terrorised by a killer. Get the 1974 version rather than the terrible 2006 version.
Children of Men
When you really deep it you see that Alfonso Cuaron’s English language movie is basically a retelling of the nativity tale. It has the be one of the most underrated movies of the 00’s
The City of Lost Children
This French scifi fantasy by Amelie directors Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet film about a scientist who kidnaps children to steal their dreams with a hope to stop the aging process. From the opening scene with Santa you know this film is going to delve into the strange.
The Day of the Beast (Spanish: El día de la Bestia)
In this horror, black comedy a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner.
In this low budget cut of horror brilliance. It’s Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
The Christmas movie of alternative Christmas movies. I watch this every Christmas Day without fail. If you don’t think this is a Christmas movie I’ll delete you from my Christmas card list
This violent David Cronenberg movie about a midwife who tries to track down the family of a unknown woman who dies in labour at Christmas and ends up getting embroiled with the Russian mob. Its really Christmassy in a violent Russian mob movie sort of way
The French Connection
OK!!! This one isn’t super Christmassy, but its set around Christmas and is one of my favourite movies of all time and will mention it whenever I can. The scene where Gene Hackman chases down a criminal in a santa costume is proof its full of Christmas cheer
Its Christmas Eve and this black comedy follows 3 intertwined stories of Drug, raves, strippers, gambling, shootouts, cops, chases and much much more!!!!
Inside (À l’intérieur)
We’re going to take you into those murky waters. This French horror is about A heavily pregnant single mother who is home alone at Christmas and is being stalked by a crazed killer who is trying to steal her baby. Its up for a US remake from what I hear
You don’t really think of this great cop drama as a Christmas movie, but it’s all about Christmas and the 3 cops are essentially the three wise men :P.
Long Kiss Goodnight….and anything by Shane Black
Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine lives an average suburban life until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Producer Shane Black centres many of his movies around Christmas and this no exception. Others of his to add to the list would be The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there’s Santa’s elves, who are determined to free their leader.
Silent Night, Deadly Night
You survived Halloween, now try Christmas!!! Everyone is on Santa’s naughty list in this 80s slasher horror. Make sure you watch the original 1984 version and not the remakes.
There you have it, this is the Snacks Not Included guide to the best alternative Christmas movies. If there’s anything you think we should add let us know