"Boy, Christmas can sure scare the Dickens out of people."
Thoughts: This is everything you could possibly want from a Christmas B movie. It's fun, campy, very funny and not self-serious. I had a ball with it. Plus the eternally irritating Fran Drescher is brutally murdered in the first scene. I was cheering.
Thoughts: I really wanted to love this. I wish it was an instant Christmas classic. After all, it had all the right trappings to become an esteemed entry to the Christmas movie pantheon. What a shame it's so scattershot.
"We will try to welcome her back in, like a civilized family might."
Thoughts: This movie was awful. I had hoped it would be somewhat fun considering the great cast, but it bored me to tears. Plus the characters are unlikable and the film is too contrived to be believed.
"I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that's forty-five minutes, and I'd at least have time to go out and get a massage or something."
Thoughts: It's very sentimental and syrupy, sure, but I had a lot of fun with this movie.
"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."
Thoughts: I hadn't even heard of this one until I saw 1951's Scrooge and learned that Sim reprised his role for this made-for-TV animated special. I'm glad I got the chance to check it out, because it's really good!!
"Keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it'll kill him. Second, don't give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight."
Thoughts: This movie is starting to show its age, but I still had fun with it.
"If I could have my way, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!"
Thoughts: Surprisingly, I enjoyed this a lot more during this viewing than I did two years ago. It just gelled a lot more for me. Perhaps the negative reviews blinded me during the film's 2009 theatrical release, as I had no means to view it again. Watching it again (in 3-D) and wanting to view it with an open mind after enduring so many other retellings of the story, I found it more enjoyable, heartfelt and skilful.
Whenever Christmas is upon me, I like to round up as many Christmas movies as I can, and watch them. The good ones get me in the Christmas spirit, and the bad ones allow me to let out end-of-the-year frustrations.
These are the Christmas-themed movies I watched in 2011.