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Christmas films to watch on Netflix

Special to The Prospector

The semester is finally over and with the holidays just around the corner, here are some of the best Christmas movies on Netflix to enjoy during the winter break.

From comedy to horror, to new classics, this December Netflix offers a great variety of Christmas films for everyone to watch.

The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Even though this film is set in Halloween town, we can’t forget Jack Skellington’s attempt to take over Christmas by kidnapping Santa Claus, bring in fear into the real world and ruining Christmas for a moment. This 1993 stop-motion animated film has become a must watch during the holiday season, as Tim Burton’s mix of Christmas and Halloween are the perfect transition between fall and winter.

Bad Santa

If a more mature Christmas movie is what you’re looking for, Bad Santa is here for you.  With Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Soke and Tony Cox as Marcus Skidmore, the pair brings the perfect humor for adults. Willie and Marcus disguise as Santa Clause and an elf during the day to perform the classic ‘Santa and Elf’ duties with children, to later rob the mall at night. But for these two everything starts to fall apart as Willie’s depression and addictions kick in and his disruptive behavior when performing his Santa duties calls the attention of the security guard at the mall. Full of fun and with a 78 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes this film might be the perfect gleefully offensive comedy to watch these holidays.

A Christmas Horror Story

You might think that horror film and Christmas don’t go along, but this anthology is here to prove that wrong.  When radio DJ ‘Dangerous Dan’ is stuck at Bailey Downs’ radio station working a long shift during Christmas Eve, he introduces an anthology of four horror stories that includes Santa batting zombie elves and the demonic Krampus to protect a family.  This is not the classic Christmas film, but its horror theme is the perfect twist for those who search something different to watch during the winter break.

The Santa Clause

This 90’s film starring Tim Allen has become one of the most enjoyable family films for the season.  With Allen portraying the role of Scott Calvin, a man who struggles with family drama after getting divorced, he has no idea things are about to get worse. For Scott, the real problem comes after he accidentally kills Santa Claus, followed this event Scott is taken to the North Pole where he is told that now he must do Santa’s work. After thinking it was all a dream, the inexplicable growth of a white beard and some extra weight Scott realizes that he is the new Santa Claus.

The Grinch

There is absolutely no Christmas without Dr. Seuss’, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Starring Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen, this film is perfect for everyone at home. With Carrey portraying the green creature who plans to ruin the Christmas for the citizens of Whoville, this film is perfect to lift up the Christmas spirit with some comedy and music.

White Christmas

If classics are something you’re looking for, there is no better classic than this 1954 film. Starring Bing Crossby as Bob Wallace, Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, Rosemary Clooney as Betty Hayne and Vera-Ellen as Haynes, this film tells the story of two men who after WWII join the Haynes sisters to perform a Christmas show in Vermont. It is during the show that Wallace and Davis come across their former war commander and as they discover the man has been struggling to keep in business his hotel, together Wallace, Davis and the Haynes sisters put up the perfect musical show to bring the business back to life. With Irving Berlin’s song ‘White Christmas’ sung by Crosby, this classic film is here to enjoy.

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