There's no shortage of Christmas movies to choose from this time of year. In this case, quantity doesn't necessarily equal quality. While classically bad Christmas movies like Santa Buddies, Santa's Slay and the 2006 remake of Black Christmas didn't make the cut, we present the top ten worst Christmas movies that did, courtesy of a poll co-sponsored by WENN.
Holiday Movies 2011
Christmas with the kranks has to be my most hated movie on the list. Just for the lack of plot lines!
Missing from the list, and perhaps the worst film of all time is "It's a Wonderful Life". This film sickens me. Jimmy Stewart plays a cranky suicidal loser who yells at his wife and kids. His biggest problem is that he does not have the courage or conviction to live his own life. Not only do I wish he had never been born, I wish this film had never been made.
Missing from the list, and perhaps the worst film of all time is "It's a Wonderful Life". This film sickens me. Jimmy Stewart plays a cranky suicidal loser who yells at his wife and kids. His biggest problem is that he does not have the courage or conviction to live his own life. No only do I wish he had never been born, I wish this film had never been made.
"Live his own life?"
What kind of self obsessed 1980s garbage is that?
George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life" saves and betters lives for thousands of people with his selfless caring, attention to his responsibilities and devotion to duty.
Anyone remember responsiblity?
Of course it's just a matter of screenwriting happenstance that this ended up as a "Christmas movie," but a fortunate one, because it brings this inspiring (albeit sometimes corny) story to generation after generation of audiences.
Actually, the notion that George may be a "loser" is indeed raised in the film, on behalf of the evil, self-serving, greedy villain Mr. Potter. Maybe you think someone like HIM ought to be the hero. Is that it?
Jingle all the way? That movie was good.
Um... Jingle All the Way was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't mind Jack Frost; a little corny but palatable. NOw there isa actually more than one Jack Frost. One was with MIcheal Keaton ( which I saw) and the other was horror flick ( which I never saw).
I did despise Ernest Saves Christmas. Just ask Verne -you know what I mean? :)
My fav is Miracle on 34th Street - original & remake as well as the 1951 version of scrooge with Alisatir Simm.
One, thats not specifically Christmas related but take place at Christmastime is Trading Places. I did like that one!
Having written a book on the subject -- HAVE YOURSELF A MOVIE LITTLE CHRISTMAS, available wherever fine reading materials are sold -- I feel compelled to chime in. ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS is, in fact, rather charming and very funny. And while there are some stinkers on this list, I'm stunned at the absence of some real doozies like THE NUTCRACKER IN 3D (Tchaikovsky goes hip-hop, with Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein), SIX WEEKS (Dudley Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, and a doomed teenage ballerina), and the low-budget duds SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY and THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE.
The Mexican SANTA CLAUS is actually fascinating in its utter weirdness, and the horror films SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT and JACK FROST are decent little holiday chillers.
I am shocked, shocked that 2 other people saw the killer snowman 'Jack Frost.' I had always thought that the only 3 people to see it were me, my wife, and daughter. The fact that the director sent me a personalized letter thanking me for watching it confirmed that belief.
Well, most of these movies tried to be funny, but ended up being stupid. "Ernest Saves Christmas" tried to be stupid to be funny, and succeeded. It also had some heart-warming parts as well.
No no, the all-time worst and most bizzare Christmas movie has to be the film "Santa Claus", made in Mexico in 1959.
I can't believe you guys missed this one.
Basically, it's "Santa Claus versus the Devil" where Santa spies creepily on the world through a giant telescope and has zombified kids working for him instead of elves, and has strange robotic reindeer pulling his sleigh.
This came out in the theaters every December in the 1960's and my mother would always drop us off to see it while she went off for some kid-free time. It scared the pants off me every time. I hated it.
Here's a review that describes it well:
ANYWAY- The review of creepy Mexican "Santa Claus" is by John Smith of the Winter Park Examiner and it's hilarious-- and accurate. Google the title "Better watch out: Santa Claus meets the Devil in Mexican cult classic",
I'm also wondering who thinks some of these movies are bad. "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" is pretty much a given, and "Home Alone 3" was indeed bad, but I liked "Deck The Halls", "Jingle All The Way" and "Christmas With The Cranks". I can think of several films that are worse ("A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas", "Bad Santa", etc.), yet didn't make the list...
I disagree. Bad Santa is very good.
Aw, I LOVED Jingle All the Way! And not gonna lie, I actually dug Surviving Christmas too. And Jack Frost if that's the Michael Keaton one. BUT, it that is referring to the straight to DVD horror flick about a killer snow man, then it definitely should be on the list. But the Keaton one, corny as it may be, never fails to get to me.
i love the straight-to-dvd "jack frost" - great scene of the killer snowman trying to do something awful with his carrot to shannon elizabeth...who comes up with this stuff?
Ernest Saves Christmas was awesome!
I agree - it's a classic at our house - it's not Christmas if we haven't watched it!!!
I agree it was so unny. Why would anyone put that on the worst Xmas movie list??
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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