Better Not Shout, Better Not Cry…or You Might Die!


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

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.

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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.

                                    Looks suspicioulsy like gay porn!


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!

One thought on “Better Not Shout, Better Not Cry…or You Might Die!

  1. rsr348 says:

    Interesting you brought this up. We listened to a public radio program the other day, which discussed the reason for so many movies about dysfunctional families. The primary conclusion was that dysfunctional is more interesting than happy “normal” families, and that most of us can relate to some degree of dysfunction in our own family life.

    It seems this would be the case with Holiday movies as well. Many of the characters in the classic holiday flicks must go through lessons about hope and empathy and sharing their wealth, before they come around to happiness. Haven’t seen the Die Hard movies and never had any desire to, so can’t comment on those, other than the fact violence brings in the cash at the box office. I love the old Allister Sims (sp?) version of Scrooge. Excellent flick and I missed it this year.

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