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Let's Get Weird: Unconventional Christmas Movie Takeover

Let’s Get Weird: Unconventional Christmas Movie Takeover
Robert Younger
Contributing Writer

With the semester almost over and the holidays almost upon us, it’s a good time to start getting into the holiday mood with some good old-fashioned movies. Since we all know the classics, here are five of the more unusual ways you could enjoy this holiday season.

‘The Gingerdead Man’ (2005)

Three words: Dead Gingerbread Man. Have two more: Gary Busey. Now mix those two together and you get a good idea of what “The Gingerdead Man” can offer. Brought to us by low-budget horror icon Full Moon Studios, Busey plays a convicted murderer sentenced to death row, only to come back to life a la “Chuckie” as a homicidal gingerbread man out for revenge.

It’s as low budget and schlocky as it sounds, and exactly the sort of thing you would expect from Full Moon. Plus the Gingerdead Man has a rock song as his theme, and that’s so dumb its perfect.

Available On: Hulu

‘Santa with Muscles’ (1996)

With a title like this, where can you go wrong? In this quirky flick, Hulk Hogan plays a bodybuilder-turned-amnesiac who’s convinced he is now Santa Claus. From there he needs to stop a mad scientist from taking over an orphanage (because why not?). While maybe not the weirdest thing you can watch, there’s something oddly satisfying about watching a jacked Santa beat up bad guys.

Available On: Youtube

‘Black Christmas’ (1974)

Sometimes you want a movie to make you feel good for the holidays, and sometimes you just want to watch some kids get diced up in a good old slasher movie. Fear not, “Black Christmas” has you covered. In this film, a number of sorority girls are spending the night together when things go awry and a killer finds their way into their home. Filled with foul language and grotesque ideas, “Black Christmas” is a fun ride for the more cynically-minded holiday enthusiast.

Available On: Youtube

‘Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny’ (1974)

Ever just watch a movie and find yourself asking, “Why is this a thing? What were they thinking?” Well, “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” is one of those movies.

Santa’s marooned on a random beach and needs the children of the world to help him get out. After much effort and a bizarre cameo by Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, they eventually wind up calling on the Ice Cream Bunny for help – and no, there is no ice cream anywhere in the film.
Things only get weirder, as the entire second half of the movie is a bizarre version of “Thumbelina,” centered around horrifying creatures all wanting to marry Thumbelina. There are so many bizarre things in this film, it’s hard to know where to begin.

The film is hard to get ahold of nowadays, but it’s out there if you’re willing to look for it.

‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ (1978)

With “Star Wars: Rogue One” right around the corner, there’s sure to be a lot of people in the mood for the fan-favorite sci-fi franchise. Instead of watching the same seven movies, though, why not take a look at this amazingly atrocious gem?

It’s “Star Wars” if you took out the “Wars” part (and most of the stars, if we’re being honest). The story follows Chewbacca’s family as they prepare for Life Day, and really that’s about as much of the plot that’s going to make sense. Most of the film is spent following roaring wookies, with no way of knowing what they are saying.

The “Star Wars Holiday Special” is bad – bafflingly bad. Beyond that, there’s really not much else that can be said without ruining the experience. Go check it out and see for yourself.

Available On: Youtube

Hope these twisted little holiday gems are just the thing to brighten up your holiday season!