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10 Grinch-Approved Movies To Stream When Christmas Cheer Isn't Your Thing

18 December 2023 | 9:00 am | Jessie Lynch

If you're more 'bah humbug' than 'ho ho ho', we've got you covered.

Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies (Supplied/Canva)

Ah, Christmas – a time of joy, gifts, and for some, an unbearable amount of festive cheer.

If you're more 'bah humbug' than 'ho ho ho', we've got you covered. Here's a list of 10 Christmas (or should we say anti-Christmas?) movies available on Aussie streaming services that are perfect for those who prefer their holidays with a side of cynicism and a dash of unconventional fun.

1. Die Hard (Disney+)

Who needs Santa when you have Bruce Willis? Die Hard is the ultimate holiday escape, featuring a Christmas party that's more about dodging bullets than dodging the mistletoe.

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2. Lethal Weapon (Binge)

If the idea of watching The Santa Clause for the umpteenth time makes you groan, try Lethal Weapon instead. It's like a Christmas dinner – but with more explosions and fewer in-laws.

3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Stan)

Forget Miracle on 34th Street; it's all about Robert Downey Jr. navigating a criminally funny Christmas in LA. Who knew holiday mishaps could be so entertaining?

4. Bad Santa (Stan)

Billy Bob Thornton as a boozy, foul-mouthed Santa? It's the holiday spirit for those who like their Christmas movies with a bit more... spirit.

5. Christmas Bloody Christmas (Shudder)

It's Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a local toy store’s robotic Santa Claus goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she's forced into a battle for survival.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+):

For those who can't decide between Halloween and Christmas, why not both? This Tim Burton classic gives 'festive' a whole new, slightly spooky meaning.

7. Batman Returns (Paramount+)

This isn't your average Christmas movie. It's Gotham City during the holidays, which means more brooding and less carolling - plus, who could go past a film starring screen legends Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Michelle Pfeiffer?

8. Gremlins (Binge)

When a teenage boy receives an unusual pet as a Christmas gift, he unwittingly violates the three essential rules for its care which unleashes a horde of mischievous green gremlins, who wreak havoc across the country, turning the holiday season into a chaotic and bizarre adventure.

9. The Advent Calendar (Shudder)

Eva, a paraplegic for three years, receives an unusual advent calendar for her birthday. Contrary to typical advent calendars filled with sweets, this one reveals a mix of pleasant and horrifying surprises, with events growing increasingly bloody as days pass.

10. A Sunburnt Christmas (Stan)

A family living on an outback farm that’s seen hard times suspect there won’t be much Christmas joy this year, but when a strange man dressed as Santa Claus crashes a van full of toys onto their property, their world is turned upside down.

So, there you have it – a list of Christmas movies for those who prefer their holidays a little less traditional and a lot more entertaining.

Whether you're in the mood for action, comedy, or a touch of horror, these films will keep you entertained without a jingle bell in sight. Merry Grinchmas!