With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I’d take a look at some of the holiday-themed gems available on Netflix Instant Watch. The descriptions for each title below comes straight from Netflix, and I’ve included links to each flick. Enjoy:
Christmas Classics: Vol. 1
Nine merry and high-spirited holiday cartoons are included in this family-oriented collection from the 1950s, highlighted by the perennial favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the classic verses of “The Night Before Christmas.” Other titles in the volume include “Hector’s Hectic Life,” “Santa’s Surprise,” “Jack Frost,” “Snow Foolin’,” “Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” “Somewhere in Dreamland” and “The Shanty Where Santy Lives.”
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Christmas Story (No, not that one)
This heartwarming drama from Finland follows a young orphan named Nikolas (Hannu-Pekka Björkman), who shows his appreciation to a series of foster families by starting a new tradition: He gives their children gifts at Christmastime. But when Nikolas is forced to move in with a cantankerous old man (Kari Väänänen), the new holiday custom may fade into oblivion in director Juha Wuolijoki’s enchanting fantasy about jolly old St. Nick as a boy.
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Christmas Carol: The Movie
Nicolas Cage, Kate Winslet and Simon Callow provide voices for this animated version of the classic Charles Dickens tale about the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas from three ghosts who confront him in the night. The film uses live-action sequences to bookend the story, and a mouse in the animated portion helps younger viewers follow the story. Winslet sings the film’s main theme.
(NOTE: Nicolas Cage as Scrooge? I’m there.)
Watch Christmas Carol: The Movie Instantly
Terror reigns inside a sorority house a few days before Christmas break as a series of menacing phone calls — and the discovery of a dead girl’s body — transform yuletide cheer into fear. Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey and Andrea Martin (“SCTV”) co-star as just a few of the petrified sisters at the mercy of an unseen stalker in this 1970s horror gem from director Robert Clark, who told a much happier holiday tale with his 1983 classic, A Christmas Story.
(NOTE: This is one of the first, most influential slasher films ever. It recently premiered on Turner Classic Movies. You can read my expanded review of Black Christmas here.)
Watch Black Christmas Instantly
Actress Jane Seymour hosts this collection of scenes from holiday movies, ranging from classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas to contemporary favorites Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas and A Christmas Story. Deleted scenes and footage from other films feature chanteuse Rosemary Clooney singing “Welcome Christmas, Little Friend” and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in a 1944 animated short.
Watch Hollywood Christmas Instantly
Do you know of any underrated Christmas gems available on Netflix Instant Watch that deserve to be seen? Know of anything coming to Netflix Instant Watch soon? Leave them in the comments below, or drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter.