December 23, 2008 by billie789
‘Tis the season to be jolly?
Then why are there so many movies, plays, novellas, etc., that tell tales of holiday death, theft, terrorist attacks, family battles, ghosts and a generally unsettling ugliness surrounding this time of year?
Here’s a list of well-known works that introduce mayhem and nightmares into Christmas, with hats off to Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune movie critic.
A Christmas Carol: An old man is terrorized, nearly to death, by the ghosts of his partner, who happens to be spending an eternity in Hell for his misdeeds in life.
Die Hard: An office party turns into a scene of unbelievable violence when party goers are attacked and held hostage by a gang of international terrorists.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas: A wild burglary spree leaves the town of Whoville with no Christmas presents or even decorations.
Castaway: Tom Hanks’ character gets called away from a wonderful Christmas dinner because of work and disappears for four years as the lone survivor of a plane crash. Wilson! Doh!
It’s A Wonderful Life: After spending a lifetime of not chasing his dreams to remain in Smalltown, America, George Bailey faces madness and even thoughts of suicide over a temporary financial mishap.
Die Hard 2: What the Hell, you guys? Got a die-hard on for X-mas? If nothing else, it teaches you to avoid airports duing the holidays.
Home Alone: Family rushes off to the…you guessed it, airport! And leaves one of their kids behind. Real Nice!
So, the next time you’re feeling a bit blue for the holidays, just remember, things could be much worse. You could be heading to an airport!