I’m working on Christmas Eve, which is the main day of celebration in Sweden where my family lives, so I’m planning to treat the holidays as self care time and do lots of nice things for myself. I do love my alone time! On my list, is to watch lots of films. As you’ll soon come to realise, I’m not keen on jolly holiday films. One of my favourite Christmas films is the all-female cast 8 Women (2002), which I wrote about back in 2012, but here are five more.Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale)
French comedy drama (2008)
Catherine Deneuve stars as the matriarch of a family with a troubled past. She finds out that she has leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant, so she brings her family together over Christmas to ask them to check if they’re a match. This of course, opens up a lot of old wounds. Deneuve is one of my favourite actresses because she has such a mesmerising screen presence. A moving bittersweet drama with lots of dark humour.Black Christmas
Canadian independent psychological slasher film (1974)
During Christmas break, a sorority house is tormented by frightening anonymous phone calls. The sorority sisters start getting murdered one by one. What the girls don’t know is that the murderer is hiding inside the house. Keir Dullea plays one of the girls’ boyfriend and he’s always a joy to watch. He’s absolutely compelling in Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) and in Full Circle (1977), starring alongside Mia Farrow. It’s very rare that a film manages to maintain a complete atmosphere of dread throughout like Black Christmas does. This is without any doubt one of the best slashers ever made.Ogifta par: En film som skiljer sig (Unmarried Couples: A Comedy That Will Break You Up)
Swedish comedy drama (1997)
Two unmarried couples decide to spend Christmas together in a mountain cabin. One couple is always arguing and the other is perfectly happy together. Or so it seems. The dialogue is superb, (think Pythonesque sarcasm and irony), and a lot of truths are spoken about the Swedish mentality. A darkly funny film by the national treasure comedy group Lorrygänget. I consider this film to be essential Swedish comedy viewing.Edward Scissorhands
American romantic dark fantasy (1990)
A lonely inventor, a role written specifically for Vincent Price, creates an artificial friend but dies before he can finish his masterpiece. For years, Edward lives on his own in the Gothic mansion on the hill, learning to get by with scissor blades for hands. One day, an Avon saleswoman knocks on the door and after realising that he’s harmless, decides to take him into her family’s home so that he can live a ‘normal’ life. Predictably, he falls in love with the teenage daughter and has to face a lot of prejudice. Johnny Depp’s outstanding portrayal of Edward carries this heartbreaking film. The only Tim Burton films I favour over this one are Beetlejuice (1988) and Ed Wood (1994).Tales From The Crypt
British horror (1972)
An Amicus anthology film consisting of five segments. A group of people get lost in a crypt. They meet a crypt keeper who tells them the stories of their deaths. So what’s the Christmas connection I hear you ask. Well, in the creepiest segment, Joan Collins plays a woman who murders her husband on Christmas Eve while the daughter is asleep upstairs. She hears on the news that a dangerous serial killer is on the lose and it seems like someone is outside her house. I grew up obsessed with the Tales From the Crypt telly series, films and comics so I have to admit that I’m biased.
How about you? What are your favourite Christmas films?