Things I learned this Year from Christmas Movies (2018)

Muppet's Christmas Carol

List of movies I watched this year:

  • Black Christmas (1974)
  • Tales from the Crypt (1972) – Specifically for the Joan Collins story.
  • Krampus
  • A Christmas Horror Story
  • Gremlins
  • You Better Watch Out
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night
  • The Dorm that Dripped Blood
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  • Love Actually
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Scrooged
  • The Christmas Chronicles
  • The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Elf
  • Bad Santa
  • The Santa Clause
  • Die Hard
  • Lethal Weapon

Things I learned:

  • Gas used to be 74 cents in the late 80s (Die Hard).
  • Twinkies are popular around Christmas. (Several movies)
  • Trump wasn’t liked even in the 80s (Scrooged – as Frank Cross was in the sewers he asked, “What is this, the Trump Tower?”)
  • Christmas can be a horror for lots of people. Or, horror isn’t exclusive to Halloween.
  • When you are in one Christmas movie, you are bound to be in another. (I mean, Alan Rickman. Really? All the Harry Potter movies, Love Actually, and Die Hard.)
  • Hallmark has capitalized on reusing actors/actresses from big screen Christmas movies.
  • If you are making a Christmas movie, what the hell, make another one and start a series.
  • Kevin never called the cops in Home Alone because the police didn’t believe John McClane, and he was a cop. Why would they believe an eight year old?
  • Just because you are Jewish, does not mean you can’t be Santa Claus (Ed Asner for one in Elf).
  • If you can be Elvis in one movie (Kurt Russell in Elvis – 1979), you can impersonate him in another (The Christmas Chronicles) and another (3,000 Miles to Graceland) after doing his voice (Forest Gump). But I guess after touching Elvis (In 1963, Kurt Russell, age 12, kicked Elvis in the shin in A Day at the World’s Fair), he becomes a part of you and you may not have a Blue Christmas.
  • Richard Donner was born to make Christmas movies (Just from my list above: Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and Scrooged). Could be his last name.
  • Danny Elfman likes to do Christmas movies. (Could be his last name too. You get to look up his list because I did not see all he did this year.)

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