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Worst Christmas movies

Even Ben Affleck had to know "Surviving Christmas" was a stinker.

Even Ben Affleck had to know "Surviving Christmas" was a stinker.

Everyone has their favorite holiday movies — chances are “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” are on the list — but for every “Miracle on 34th Street,” there’s a “Santa With Muscles,” a Hulk Hogan vehicle about “an evil millionaire who gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus,” according to IMDB.

It’s Christmas clunkers like this that online ticket seller Fandango had in mind when it launched its contest for the 10 worst Christmas movie of all time. A customer poll helped shape the list, which is topped by the it-sounds-so-bad-it-might-be-good entry “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” It might not have a touching epiphany wherein George Bailey realizes how much he has to be grateful for, but it does have Kris Kringle doing battle with ’60s era tinfoil robot aliens. And when you can’t stomach hearing Zuzu talk about angels getting their wings for the millionth time, that actually doesn’t sound so bad.

Do you agree with the Fandango respondents? What would make your personal list of worst Christmas movies?

37 comments Add your comment

rc35

December 20th, 2011
9:38 pm

Our famiy actually enjoys “Ernest Saves Christmas,” and watching it is an annual tradition for us. There are so many funny lines–forget the plot and enjoy the gags.

I’ll be tracked down and exiled for saying so, but I think “A Christmas Story” is one of the worst movies ever. I could only stand to watch it once–that poor little kid getting dumped on by everybody hurt too much to bear, but the horror of horrors was the scary Santa sequence. As a onetime Mall Santa’s Helper, I cringed at all the rules of Santa-ness that impostor broke. I can never figure out why folks want to see it over and over all day.

But, to each his/her own, so Merry Christmas (KnowhutImean?)!

bulldawgbob

December 21st, 2011
1:30 am

Christmas with the Kranks actually had some funny scenes, e.g., the chase for the ham which gets smashed by a semi, Luther buying the last Cub Scout Xmas tree which has no needles on it by the time he gets it home, the annoying cat that Luther drenches with water which freezes and all the cat can do is blink once.

GrammarKing

December 21st, 2011
4:00 am

I don’t know about worst movies, but Santa’s Slay is one of the best:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393685/

HENRY

December 21st, 2011
4:50 am

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” IS A GREAT MOVIE AND WE WATCH IT EVERY YEAR. BUT MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS “BADDER SANTA”, NOT “BAD SANTA”, BUT “BADDER SANTA”. I FOUND A COPY TWO YEARS AGO AND WATCH IT ALL YEAR ‘ROUND. IT IS A RIOT. IT IS X RATED SO IT ISN’T FOR CHILDREN. BILLY BOB THORNTON IS GREAT !!!!!!

Mr. Kringle

December 21st, 2011
6:00 am

Just like the song “Christmas In Dixie” the movie Miracle On 34th Street Is must.

Chevy

December 21st, 2011
1:37 pm

Christmas Vacation is the best and an absolute must see every year!

Murry

December 21st, 2011
2:39 pm

Amen rc35 I hate A Christmas Story. Now Christmas Vacation is a different story.

GTFan

December 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

How can you hate A Christmas Story? I love this movie!!!! I hate It’s A Wonderful Life.

diamond-e

December 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

it’s spose to be worst christmas movies ever like ELF you bunch of ITP snobs

WhitleyGilbert

December 21st, 2011
3:05 pm

A Christmas Story gets an A+ + + + + + + … Of course, one of my favorite scenes! :-)

Tracy

December 21st, 2011
3:26 pm

I wait for A Christmas Story to come on all year. And my family and I leave the station playing all day because it’s usally a marathon. We love love that movie. How could you not like it? It is sooooo funny. Remember the scence where the mother washes his mouth out with soap and she calls the friend’s mother so so so funny. I can not wait.

Mrs. Cousin Eddie

December 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

Who remembers the names of the WORST Christmas movies??? There was one with Mathew Broderick and Danny DeVito that was a stinker….but I don’t remember the name….it was reeeeeeally bad. FAVORITES: Christmas Vacation, Christmas Story, ELF, Home Alone, and Love Actually. HAVE to watch all every Christmas!!!

Hang Up & Drive!

December 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

If you watch Christmas movies on your smart phone WHILE “driving” on the streets and highways of Metro Atlanta, (very) selfishly endangering the lives of the motorists around you who are actually watching the road, you deserve to die and have your unsafe selfishness eradicated from our society.

(Yes, that includes YOU, too.)

Gary

December 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Count me among those that don’t get the popularity of “A Christmas Story” Though definitely not the worst holiday movie I’ve seen, it’s nowhere near the top. I admit there are some amusing scenes, but ovrall it is mediocre at best. “Elf”, “A Christmas Carol” (any version), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (animated version not the horrible Jim Carey version), even “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are much better IMO.

Biff Wellington

December 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

@ diamond p – What is wrong with living in the perimeter. As long as you stick to the highlands, buckhead, vinings or any other plkace with boutiques and fine dining you are fine….Muffy anfd I live near Emory in a very clasic 1920 style refurbished house. We are so cool!

Burnt Weenie Sandwich

December 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

Steel Magnolias is one of the worst movies ever.

Burnt Weenie Sandwich

December 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Oh yeah….Love Actually is beyond lame. The last it was on, the sides of my TV caved in it sucked so much.

You'll shoot your eye out kid

December 21st, 2011
5:11 pm

Driving Miss Daisy was a load of……………

Michael Keaton

December 21st, 2011
5:31 pm

Even I have to admit… Jack Frost was a mistake.

Gordon

December 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

@Biff I know. Isn’t Atlanta so cosmopolitan? There are so any cool places to shop and dine. It really fits my sophisticated lifestyle.

Al Dorado

December 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

The truly worst Christmas Movie has to be “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.”
I found an old copy of it and showed it to my nieces and nephew who begged me to turn it off.

urban redneck

December 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

emmet otter’s jug band Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question Marked

December 21st, 2011
6:57 pm

Scrooged with Bill Murray is a good one. It’s a Wonderful Life sucks and is for old people.

Grim Reaper

December 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

Remember @Question, if you ain’t old today, you will be tomorrow. It was a wonderful life, wasn’t it?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 22nd, 2011
6:10 am

Bad Santa is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. BY FAR.

Molly's Mom

December 22nd, 2011
6:28 am

BADDER Santa is MY all time favorite!!

Sargon

December 22nd, 2011
6:42 am

As my real name is not displayed, I will admit this . .. I like Ernest Saves Christmas.
Whew, the first step is admitting you have a problem! Now I will submit to a higher power and apologize to all those I made watch it. Only nine steps to go!

Rambunz

December 22nd, 2011
6:44 am

I like action movies with a lot of shooting, stabbing, bombing, car wrecks, etc. Christmas movies offer little for me.

jake's mom

December 22nd, 2011
7:09 am

Don’t know about the worst, but the best is the relativly new (2009-2010?) Nativity with Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, and Marc Wooten (England’s Jack BlacK)…truly fall off your chair funny with wonderfully fresh music! It could easily replace A Christmas Story!!

Grandma

December 22nd, 2011
7:32 am

“A Christmas Story”. My 33 y.o. daughter has watched it every Christmas Eve/Day all day long every year. Eeeeeeeiiiiiii!

I saw mommy dry humping Santa Claus

December 22nd, 2011
7:36 am

All Christmas movies are bad.

Rudy

December 22nd, 2011
7:37 am

Bad Santa…..the midget steals the movie!!!!!!!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

December 22nd, 2011
7:39 am

Yesterday was NOT the first day of winter. It was the Winter Solstice. It does not mean on that day it is supposed to be cold. You retarded weather forecasters should have studied more science in college and avoided the Christian influence.

dtanner

December 22nd, 2011
7:50 am

the first home alone is my all time favorite christmas movie,also planes trains and automobiles is very good

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

December 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

What about…… National Lampoons Christmas Vacation part 2…..

HORRIBLE

#CF

LaKwanzaa S.

December 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

Elf is by far the worstest movie eva. A big white dude be dressed like a damn elf in a green soot. Get real crackers

Big Al

December 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

“Friday After Next” is the best Christmas movie ever. “Fred Claus” is the worst.