21 holiday movies that are definitely more naughty than nice

From Silent Night to Black Christmas to Bad Santa, we've rounded up some twisted alternatives to the season's usual sappy film fare

21 holiday movies that are definitely more naughty than nice
Clockwork from bottom left: Gremlins (Screenshot: Warners Bros.), Silent Night (Screenshot: Lionsgate), Krampus (Screenshot: Universal Pictures), Bad Santa (Screenshot: Columbia Pictures), A Bad Moms Christmas (Screenshot: STX Entertainment) Graphic: The A.V. Club

It’s Christmas time again, which means more marathons of the same old sappy, feel-good movies. But what if you’re sick of watching A Miracle On 34th Street for the gazillionth time? If you’re in the mood for something a little more adult, Silent Night just hit theaters this week. And that’s just one of many options, because long before Joel Kinnaman went on a silent Christmas revenge rampage, Hollywood was cranking out R-rated holiday movies that are far more naughty than nice—and not just horror films, but risqué Christmas comedies, too.

So, tuck the little ones in for the night, spike some eggnog, and get ready for surly Santas, merry mayhem, and a lot of ho-ho-horror. The A.V. Club has rounded up some of the season’s naughtiest, most mean-spirited alternatives to give you a break from all the traditional family fare that hogs the spotlight every December.

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A Bad Mom’s Christmas Official Trailer #2 (2017) Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell Comedy Movie HD

The winning trio of Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell reunited for this holiday-themed sequel one year after the original film, and they brought along legends Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines to play their respective moms. The plot is relatively straightforward—all three moms try to make the perfect Christmas while facing impossible expectations and family dysfunction—but the execution is what makes it the kind of adult Christmas film you can watch over and over again. From Baranski’s superior ranting to Hahn fawning over Santa strippers, it’s exactly what you think it is, and that’s what makes it fun. [Matthew Jackson]

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