Holiday Hits You Have Never Heard Of

Posted on December 15, 2010


Dan Foster / Entertainment

The holiday season is a time for family, fun, and thousands of holiday specials.  These famous movies appear about fifty times every December, but what about those movies that fall short of ‘legend’ status?   When one explores the archives of underrated holiday films, there are five that take the cake.

Jack Frost is one of the most underrated holiday movies of the decade.  Critics cite that the film had a lack of pacing and contains some ‘wooden’ acting. However, the film did have engaging characters, and a heartfelt plot that the whole family could enjoy. Michael Sheen was excellent in his role as Jack Frost, he utilized his character’s emotions and gave a more human look to the snowy character.  Jack Frost was far from the best holiday movie, but unlike the way many critics viewed it, it was one of the more enjoyable and unpredictable ones that took a chance. the movie can be appreciated by those who take time to understand the message.

The Polar Express had a lot going for it.  There were big actors such as Tom Hanks, giving their to the characters, extensive CG, a phenomenal producer – Robert Zemeckis, and it was based on an extremely popular children’s book.  Yet the film was considered a flop at the box office and didn’t offer much in innovation other than its effects.  This film also has a great message, and didn’t suffer from the over predictability of other holiday films. Although it wasn’t a hit at the box office nor one with critics, the film should still be praised for its appealing visuals and excellent storytelling.

One of the few movies that can fall in the Halloween and Christmas category, The Nightmare Before Christmas received critical acclaim, and was well received by audiences. Yet the film never met with the financial success of many other holiday films because of its dark, macabre humor. The film was a landmark in stop motion animation and has withstood the sands of time, proving itself one of the greatest stop motion films of all time. It later on inspired many unique films such as the award winning Fantastic Mr. Fox.

A seasonal comedy, showcasing the unique and quirky Adam Sandler, Eight Crazy Nights initially flopped.  It was critically panned and a flop at the box office to the point where it was considered one of the worst movies of the decade.  In reality, the movie wasn’t as bad as everyone said it was; it had interesting characters and an engaging plot, along with a unique take on holiday movies. The movie did try too hard to get the audience to laugh with cheap gag jokes, but the movie`s animation was unique and Adam Sandler delivered a very good performance.

When looking for the best underrated holiday movie of all time, the obvious winner is Santa Claus conquers the Martians.  Though a financial flop panned by critics, the movie has developed a cult following and has garnered praise over the years for its unique plot and diverse set pieces. It has long been held as one of the worst holiday movies, but at the same time it is one of the more unique and original ideas that has withstood the test of time.

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