Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Alt. Christmas 2013 - The Full Countdown
Okay so for those of you who follow either my Facebook page or Twitter feed, you will know already that this month I have been counting down the run up to Christmas with some of my favourite Alt. Christmas moments. Be they musical tracks, films or even just creepy Santa photos I wanted a fun way to share my love for all things Alt. Christmas.
So now for those of you who missed any of those posts I now present the full 25 day rundown....enjoy.
Alt. Christmas - Day 1: Won't Be Home For Christmas - Blink 182
So kicking things off this great pop punk track aswell as the first of two tracks to be featured in this countdown. While this one is often more overlooked, it still contains plenty of Blink 182's trademark humour and who doesn't associate with the desire to chase carol singers with a baseball bat.
Alt Christmas - Day 2: Rare Exports Inc.
The original short film which lead to the full length film and which also answers the question as to where Santa Claus comes from.
Alt Christmas - Day 3: A Muppet Family Christmas - Pass It on
Thanks to Claire for recommending this often forgotten classic, in perticular this song, which I still can't decide if it's adorable or irritating?
Alt Christmas - Day 4: The Night The Reindeer Died
Taken from "Scrooged". Surely this is the one Christmas movie we all want to see made
Alt. Christmas - Day 5: RUN-DMC - Christmas In Hollis
Another overlooked Christmas classic, as nothing puts you in the festive spirit like old school hip-hop!
Alt. Christmas - Day 6: Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Arguably the greatest Christmas double bill ever, while sadly John McClaine had terrorist free Christmas's after this. Still on the plus side we are currently only two movies away from Die Hard week!!
Die Hard Review: http://fromthedepthsofdvdhell.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/die-hard.html
Die Hard 2: Die Harder Review: http://fromthedepthsofdvdhell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/die-hard-2-die-harder.html
Alt. Christmas - Day 7: Christmas Evil
The definitive serial killer Santa movie even if it is unfairly overlooked in favour of "Silent Night, Deadly Night" which it predated by four years! Thanks to Emily of "The Deadly Dolls House of Horror Nonsense" for recommending it.
Alt Christmas - Day 8: Creepy Mall Santa's Can you find a Santa Creepier than this?
Post your own creepy Santa in the comments section and lets see who can find the creepiest one
Alt. Christmas - Day 9: Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions
The follow up to the original short which in turn lead to the wonderfully unique film which will also be shown on Film4 this month. So why not enjoy the safety video in the meantime.
Alt. Christmas - Day 10: Making Christmas
One of the more underrated songs from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" yet in so many ways captures the fun spirit of the film, especially in seeing how the residents of Halloween Town interpret what Christmas is.
Alt. Christmas - Day 11: Bikini Bloodbath Christmas
A film which within the first fifteen minutes gives you enough nudity, foul language and toilet humour to put most teen comedies to shame...possibly one of the more random alt. Christmas movie ever
After this review was originally posted it got picked up by the director Thomas Edward Seymour, who posted on his blog
"This is a really entertaining new review for my flick Bikini Bloodbath Christmas from – Depths of DVD Hell. It’s not glowing or even kind in spots but it is awesome!"
You've got to love a director who can take critism without throwing a diva strop. Thomas Edward Seymour, I salute you!
Alt Christmas - Day 12: Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Truly epic cover while surely this is what a Viking Christmas must sound like!!
Alt. Christmas Day 13 - Jack Frost
Because if you watch only one serial killer snowman movie this Christmas...if you watch two I guess you could always watch the fantastically titled sequel "Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Killer Mutant Snowman"
Alt Christmas Day 14 - Louis Theroux Werid Christmas
What happens when you invite a preacher, a mountain man, a porn star and an intergalactic space psychic for Christmas? Documentary film maker Louis Theroux found out in his Weird weekends special
Alt Christmas Day 15 - What's This?" - The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another of my favourite songs and one were the animation is so perfectly choreographed to the music. There is also so much fun in spotting all the small details, which even now after numerous viewings I'm still finding new things.
Alt Christmas Day 16 - A John Waters Christmas
A sorely overlooked collection of Christmas songs, from bad taste legend John Waters, so here puts together a collection of Christmas songs as unique as the soundtracks of his own films. The perfect remedy to the mass market Christmas albums
Alt Christmas Day 17 - This Trinity's Goin To War
Okay not officially a Christmas song, but who doesn't like an excuse to see evil Robot Santa, Kwanzaa-bot and the Chanukah Zombie (voiced by Mark Hamill).
Alt Christmas Day 18 - Silent Night, Deadly Night
While it might be mistakenly credited with creating the idea ("Christmas Evil" was first) of a serial killer Santa it is certainly still the most controversial while also spawning an four questionable sequels.
Alt. Christmas Day 19 - "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" - Blink 182
Time for another round of festive cheer from Blink 182
And now the super festive mix feat. Ben Folds
Alt. Christmas Day 20: "The Christmas Card" - Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam uses his trademark animation style to unleash some festive mayhem, in the way only he can.
Alt. Christmas Day 21 - Mr. Bean Nativity Scene Chaos
Another of my favourite Xmas special's yet for some reason this scene is always so overlooked. Still only Mr. Bean could get so much out of a simple Nativity scene.
Alt. Christmas Day 22 - Santa's Slay
Former WWE / WCW wrestler Bill Goldberg as a demonic Santa...what more could you possibly ask for? A sorely overlooked, let alone hilarious cult movie in the making and one well worth discovering this Christmas
Alt. Christmas Day 23 - Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
Because we all remember that one time when Martians came to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus because there is no one on Mars to give their children presents. A cult b-movie and also the #83 worst movie on IMDB.
Alt. Christmas Day 24 - Gremlins
The movie I saw so many times as a child I even wrote a novelisation of it, after my granddad quipped that I could probably write the script I had seen it that many times.
This of course was the scene as a child I loved to play over and over, especially as it showcases that wonderful theme music!!
Alt. Christmas Day 25 - The Star Wars Holiday Special
One of the few things in this world that even knowing how horrible it is, still does not prepare you for this car crash of a cash in, which even the George Lucas refuses to talk about it. Bizarrely "Glee" would for some reason try to convince the world that this is the special most fondly remembered by Star Wars fans as I've yet to find even the most die hard of fans who like this one.
On the plus side it does feature the first appearance of Boba Fett in a cartoon were Han Solo looks strangely like Mick Jagger and the millennium falcon has fuzzy dice.
The Star Wars Holiday Special by FilmGeek-TV
So there you have it my 2013 Alt. Christmas countdown in full. I hope you've enjoyed it and thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for what to be featured. So until next time have a great Christmas which if its like my own will be filled with movie watching and food induced comas.