There’s so many Christmas- and Holiday-themed movies out there, you couldn’t possibly watch them all in one holiday season. Actually, now that I say that I bet there’s someone out there who would try to prove me wrong. I guess if you have no job or responsibilities or social engagements or anything like that, you might be able to watch every single Christmas movie ever over the course of a single holiday season…
But you know, everyone has their favourites. There are the standards that show up on TV every December – you know, movies like Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Frosty The Snowman and the like. Then there’s feature-length classic films that are favourites, like A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol (not the same thing, think the Charles Dickens-authored story about Scrooge), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and of course, everyone favourite Christmas movie, Die Hard. Even in the past two decades there have been some holiday films that have quickly become favourites, like The Santa Clause (actually 22 years old), Jingle All The Way and Elf.
This year, my girlfriend told me that if there was one holiday film we watched this year, she wanted it to be Elf. Being a fan of Will Ferrell and the movie itself, I was okay with that. As it turned out, between both of our work schedules and the hustle and bustle of this time of year, we really didn’t have a whole lot of time to sit down and watch a movie. So after we got most of what we needed to get done, I asked her if she’d like to spend Christmas Eve cuddled up on the couch watching Elf. She said yes, and suggested we drink a bottle of wine while doing so. Naturally, I was on board.
When Christmas Eve came around, she asked if I was interested in watching Die Hard, as she had never seen it (and therefore doesn’t understand why everyone always calls it their favourite Christmas movie). I had a look on Netflix and found they only have Die Hard II. Then I mentioned that I have the blu-ray of Almost Famous, which isn’t a Christmas movie really at all – aside from the fact that the very start of the movie is set at Christmas time in 1969 – with Santa wearing shorts in the sunny California weather.
We started Almost Famous early enough that we were able to make it a double feature with Elf. Fun fact: Both movies feature Zooey Deschanel.
Once we’d finished the movie, we went to bed (far too late), then awoke to open our gifts and then go our separate ways – her to work, me to see my parents. We didn’t get to spend much time together over Christmas and Boxing Day with both of us working, but we did make it to her family dinner last night… Where the kids were watching… Elf.
Since I’d seen it just a couple days before, I knew pretty much everything that was going to happen before it happened. Funny how that happens with movies you’ve seen a bunch of times.
But today, I saw this trailer for a movie that seems familiar… But I honestly have no idea what the story really is. Yes, someone took Elf, and re-cut it into a thriller… And it actually looks amazing.
I’m curious – it’s not really shown in the trailer, but I wonder how they would twist the snowball fight scene around so it would fit with this new thriller storyline.
If you’re looking for another interesting take on Elf, you might enjoy this 8-bit cinema version of it that someone made:
And if you’re looking for more holiday movies re-cut as thrillers… Here’s one for a movie I mentioned above: The Santa Clause.
There’s plenty more movie trailers that have been given this treatment. Have a look around YouTube if you want to see more.
Anyway, now that Christmas is over, I reckon I won’t be seeing Buddy the Elf again until at least next year.