It’s December again folks, and you know what that means. Fighting your way through the queues to buy presents, sitting around the table with family members you wouldn’t hesitate to poke in the eye with a fork, and sitting down to watch your favourite festive movies.
But even though you’ve seen your number 1 Christmas movie a bazillion times, how well do you actually know it? Join us as we unearth some hidden facts that you might not know about your favourite Christmas movies.
5. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (TIM BURTON, 1993)
An argument can be made that The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie and not a Christmas flick. But whether you subscribe to that idea or not, there’s no denying it finds its way on to everyone’s Christmas movie list every year without fail. But did you know that Tim Burton was originally supposed to have a cameo in the film?
During the scene in which the vampires play ice hockey on a frozen pond, they use a jack-o-lantern in place of a puck. But in the original script, those happy little bloodsuckers were actually meant to use Burton’s decapitated head instead, which would have made for an awesome visual and a nice little easter egg. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it past the censors.
4. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (BRIAN HENSON, 1992)
Following the death of Muppet creator Jim Henson, Steve Whitmire was given the ultimate honor of replacing him as the voice of Kermit the Frog. Whitmire would tell fans that he felt completely unworthy of the role, and was terrified when it came to recording his lines for The Muppet Christmas Carol.
So how did Whitmire overcome his concerns? Well, apparently Steve was visited by Jim Henson one night in a dream. Jim told him to relax, and that he would be a huge success. Knowing that his old boss had every confidence in him, Whitmire went on to forget all about his fears and become the voice of the iconic frog for a whole new generation of fans.
3. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (JEREMIAH C. CHECHIK, 1989)
Despite being one of the countries all-time favorite Xmas movies, Christmas Vacation never had a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, and instead went straight to video. Meanwhile, over in the good old US of A, the movie grossed over $71 million.
2. HOME ALONE (CHRIS COLUMBUS, 1990)
Remember Buzz’s girlfriend? Quite the looker, right? Well, the object of Buzz’s affections is actually a boy dressed as a girl because director Chris Columbus didn’t want to make fun of an actual girl and give her a complex about her appearance. What a nice dude. As for the boy, well he’s probably still in therapy.
1. GREMLINS (JOE DANTE, 1984)
Gremlins is an odd choice for a Christmas movie, but it is a Christmas movie none the less. And while you might be hesitant to show little Jimmy your favorite festive flick while he’s small, there’s no doubt it’ll make its way onto the old boob tube before too long.
But that may not have been the case if the original screenwriter Chris Columbus had had his way. In fact, Columbus’ original vision for Gremlins had an ax-wielding Gizmo, several murder scenes, and an on-screen dog slaying that climaxed with the titular creatures dining down on Billy’s pooch. Shame on producer Steven Spielberg for opting for a more family-friendly approach.
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