Christmas A Humbug: Why Michael Caine Remains The Definitive Scrooge

Posted by - December 11, 2020
There are more reasons than you can count why The Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992 is one of the best Christmas films ever made. The singing, the story and most importantly, the Muppets themselves. But with such headline-grabbing antics from Jim Henson’s believed creations, it is easy to overlook the film’s human element. Michael Caine

The VH Christmas Countdown – Better Watch Out

Posted by - December 18, 2019
It really isn't Christmas without a delightfully wicked festive horror movie to warm your cockles and chill your... cockles... Over the last few decades, my usual go-to's have been the wonderfully schlocky  Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman and, of course, the utter classic that is  Gremlins. For what is the holiday season

“Many Sacrifices Have Been Made To Keep Our Traditions Alive” – Black Christmas (Film Review)

Posted by - December 16, 2019
The terrific 1974 slasher Black Christmas doesn't get the respect it deserves. It arrived in cinemas with bloodthirsty relish several years before John Carpenter's equally impressive Halloween, but it's Carpenter's film that gets the credit for launching the slasher movie as a bona fide sub-genre. Bob Clark's festive frightfest has already been remade once, in

The VH Christmas Countdown – Anna and the Apocalypse

Posted by - December 16, 2019
Christmas is a terrific time of year. There is an abundance of presents, loads of lovely food and plenty of delightful family company – depending on where your relatives stand on Brexit. So what's the only thing that could make all of that better? Your answer probably wasn't to yell the word "zombies" as loud

“Just Not Cheesy Enough” Last Christmas (Film Review)

Posted by - November 7, 2019
I’m just going to admit it; I love a bad Christmas film. There is no such thing as a good Christmas film, they’re all terrible by default and perfect just as they are. The Holiday is so sugary it’ll make your teeth hurt, yet I somehow watch it at least three times every December. I

‘This Star does not shine’ – The Star (DVD Review)

Posted by - November 20, 2018
The Star takes an interesting approach to the heroic animal animated film. The Nativity of Jesus, a well-known story, and a popular play for schools, inspires Sony Pictures Christmas animation. Mary, Joseph, the three wise men – all the characters are a part of this story. The protagonist for this story, however, is Bo, the

The VH 12 Films of Christmas – Day 12: Gremlins

Posted by - December 24, 2017
A heated conversation ensued the other day after, whilst talking to the most Christmassy man I know (a man who, for the last however many years, has been the local Santa Claus), as to the greatest Christmas film of all time. He insisted upon Elf, a film which, astonishingly, has yet to make it into

A Different Kind of Christmas Story – Rare Exports

Posted by - December 18, 2017
Sometimes its not so simple as who's been naughty and who's been nice. Wherever there is a happy and joyous event, a dark twisted horror version is being made. There are of course horror movies about college parties, high school dances, birthdays, summer holidays, even Easter now with the Beaster Bunny but Christmas is usually