Unconventional Movies to Watch this Christmas

It’s no secret that I love a good horror movie and will find any excuse to watch them, even at Christmas time. From classic horror, to creature features, and even action movies, there are so many, unconventional, choices out there. Which I love to mix in with my favourite (more traditional) Christmas movies.

So since today is Friday 13th, which if you ask me is the perfect day for horror movies, and the release date of Christmas horror movie remake ‘Black Christmas‘, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my favourite, unconventional movies to watch this Christmas.

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Gremlins was one of the first horror movies I ever watched, not that I found it overally horrific or scary. I actually found Gizmo very cute and the Gremlins quite funny to watch. It remains one of my favourite movies and I always re-watch it over the Christmas period.

The movie is set on Christmas Eve and begins with Billy (Zach Galligan) receiving a mogwai named Gizmo as a pet. But he quickly finds out that there are three rules to follow when caring for a mogwai. And failure to do so can have severe consequences.

Die Hard

The internet seems split on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. In my opinion any movie set on Christmas Eve has to count as one, and Die Hard is no exception. But instead of Santa coming down the chimney, we have Bruce Willis crawling through the ventilation system. Trying to save his wife and her coworkers being held hostage at their office holiday party

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Well, in our house it’s both. The story of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is both heart warming and spooky. It tells the tale of a misfit skeleton trying to find purpose, in all the wrong places. And when he tries to take over Christmas things go from bad to worse, as he wreaks havoc on the ‘human world’. The movie is funny, charming, and has a great soundtrack. What’s not to love?

The Shining

What(!?), I hear you shouting. A slightly alternative pick, but a film I’ve grown up watching during the Christmas period. Set during the Winter season Jack Torrance has been given the job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.

Jack Nicholson, in my opinion, is superb in the roll. I get engrossed in the movie and how his character slowly descends into madness brought on by cabin fever. Acting aside, the movie is suspenseful and the snow scenes are beautifully filmed.

When you’ve finished watching The Shining, make sure to check the sequel, Doctor Sleep. I watched it opening night with my family and was very impressed. It’s a great story and Ewan McGregor is exceptional as an adult Dan Torrance.

Black Christmas (1974)

The original Black Christmas was a classic slasher movie, about a group of sorority sisters being stalked during the holiday season. But when one of them goes missing and another girl winds up dead, they begin to wonder who the man on the end of the phone is; and none of them quite realising where he is… So if you’re looking for something a little scairer this Christmas, then this movie ticks all the boxes. And when your finished, why not check out the 2006 and 2019 remakes?

Bad Santa

If you enjoy dark or risque humour then you need to add Bad Santa to your Christmas movie list. The story follows Willie, an alcoholic sex-addict who works as a department store Santa. Though this isn’t the kind of Santa you’d want around your children! He’s a crude and dishonest petty thief who loves nothing more than robbing the malls he works at, afer closing time. But that doesn’t mean he can’t earn redemption in this dark comedy.

Batman Returns

Tim Burton’s second Batman film stars the caped crusader battling against two of his greatest foes; the seductive Catwoman and ever illusive Penguin. The movie itself is set against a Christmas backdrop, which brings a yuletide moodiness to Gotham. Making it a great addition to your Christmas movie list. Also, the movie has penguins! Which is an instant win for me.


There are a lot of different folk stories surrounding the Christmas holiday, but this movie tells the story of a horned beast called Krampus that goes around punishing naughty children. Honestly after watching this movie you’ll never want to make it onto the naughty list!

What are some of your favourite unconventional Christmas movies? Let me know in the comments. And if you’re looking for some more suggestions, make sure to check out Britt’s Creepmas movie marathon picks.


  • Ran | Travel & Lifestyle

    December 16, 2019 at 18:25

    I love Gremlins! It’s such an unconventional Christmas film, but it gives me the holiday vibes anyway. I also love The Shining but I’ve never really associated it with Christmas, even though the entire film was set in winter, haha.

    Oh, and thanks for reminding me to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas! I’ve been meaning to watch that for a while now!

  • Sarah Dickinson

    December 16, 2019 at 17:29

    I love Gremlins!!! Gizmo is so cute! 😍 I haven’t seen Die Hard & tbh I don’t understand why it’s a Christmas movie?! 😂 LOL! I’m off to see Black Christmas this week at the cinema so am excited to see what it’s all about! 😛
    I just tend to watch all the standard movies at Christmas but perhaps i need to expand my repertoire! 🙌

  • Mykki

    December 16, 2019 at 17:19

    Yes to Batman Returns! So many Christmas themes and motifs in that film I can’t believe no one ever includes it!

    1. Kim

      December 16, 2019 at 17:45

      I know! It’s one of my faves. 😊
      Thanks for your comment. Could you let me know your blog link so I can return it? xx

  • Jenny in Neverland

    December 16, 2019 at 17:11

    I really want to watch Krampus! Also The Shining… very interesting pick! I love that film and have been wanting to re-watch it for a while so I guess this is my chance! xxx

    1. Kim

      December 16, 2019 at 17:13

      The Krampus is great! Christmas / Winter is the perfect time for a rewatch of The Shining. 💞 Do it! x

  • Lisa

    December 16, 2019 at 14:00

    I love Gremlins and The Nightmare Before Christmas is a firm favourite in our household. I’d never considered Batman Returns to be a Christmas movie but you’re right, it’s set at Christmas so why not? And I’ve always had a weakness for Billy Bob Thornton so Bad Santa makes my cut too. Great list, Kim! Lisa 🙂

  • Michelle | A Geek Girl’s Guide

    December 16, 2019 at 10:52

    Never considered The Shining as an option. Have you seen people saying Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie like Die Hard? So that could also be an option!

    1. Kim

      December 16, 2019 at 12:46

      No, I hadn’t heard that. I forgot it was set at Christmas time, good choice.

  • Amy

    December 14, 2019 at 18:40

    Great suggestions – I especially love watching Gremlins at Christmas! Gizmo is just adorable too!

  • Sophie Wentworth

    December 13, 2019 at 20:34

    Some great suggestions here! I don’t really have any that I regularly watch at Christmas, I need to start a little tradition x


  • sophie

    December 13, 2019 at 20:01

    The nightmare before christmas is my absolute fave film, especially around christmas time! I love it. 🙂

    Soph – https://girlvsworldblog.com <3

  • Ellie

    December 13, 2019 at 15:59

    I think The Nightmare Before Christmas warrants a watch this year! I love this unconventional list of films to watch – I definitely prefer these ones to the typical ones like Home Alone and Love Actually! 😂

  • Britt

    December 13, 2019 at 13:17

    I’m really looking forward to checking out the Black Christmas remake! I feel like it’s going to go one of two ways – either I am going to completely love it or it’s going to be a total flop…. nothing in between. Thanks for the shout out!

    1. Kim

      December 13, 2019 at 13:22

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean there! I’m hoping to see it tomorrow evening. You’re welcome lovely. x

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