November 19, 2012 9:00am PT by THR Staff
'Bad Santa,' 'Die Hard' Featured in Tugg's Top 8 Feel-Bad Holiday Films
Tugg is getting in the holiday spirit.
The web platform that allows moviegoers to select films to play in their local theaters continues to expand its library, adding such classics as Miracle on 34th Street, The Polar Express, Elf, Christmas Vacation and Home Alone, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Additionally, Tugg has revealed its Top 8 "Feel-Bad Holiday Films" now available for moviegoers nationwide to screen in local theaters. Among them: Die Hard, Bad Santa, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Lethal Weapon. See the complete list below.
Tugg, introduced earlier this year, allows individuals to select a film, screening time and a nearby theater and then spread the event to their immediate and online community. Once the required number of people commit to attending the screening, the event is confirmed. Tugg currently works with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich Quality Cinemas, Rave Cinemas and Regal Cinemas in addition to various regional and independently owned theaters across the country.
Top 8 Feel-Bad Holiday Movies:
8) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
There are no lovable family themes that connect this film to the holidays, but it’s Christmas in L.A., and Michelle Monaghan looks smashing in her red Santa dress. This might be the least well-known of the films on this list, but its quick wit, fast pace and career relaunching performance from Robert Downey Jr. make Kiss Kiss Bang Bang a movie that is well worth bringing back to the big screen.
7) Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon uses the holidays as a great backdrop to the film’s action sequences – come on, the gunfight in the Christmas tree lot anyone? And it also weaves in the theme of family with Martin Riggs, a suicidal cop, finding a new home for the holidays with his polar-opposite partner, Roger Murthaugh.
6) Eyes Wide Shut
Not many people remember Stanley Kubrick’s final film for its Christmas motifs, but there’s hardly a shot in the film that doesn’t form a dreamlike vision of the holidays. American consumerism -- of possessions both material and human -- is explored to satirical effect. Eyes Wide Shut, like many of Kubrick’s films, wasn’t fully appreciated in its time, but like his now-accepted classics, it is a masterpiece that deserves to be revisited in theaters.
5) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s stop-motion masterpiece lends Burton’s trademark macabre sensibilities and nightmarish visuals to Christmas, the happiest and most colorful of all holidays. If the world were truly just, the film’s catchy songs with lyrics like “kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick” would be added to every carolers’ holiday list.
4) Batman Returns
Another Burton entry! We just realized this, but he really has some twisted ideas about Christmas. The success of Batman gave Burton the space to let his freak flag fly for the sequel, resulting in one of the most unique, exhilarating and visually arresting comic book adaptations ever -- one that’s perfectly set against the dark and eerie backdrop of Christmas in Gotham.
3) Bad Santa
The grandaddy of offensive holiday films (it's a niche genre) also happens to be one of the most jaw-droppingly hilarious films of all time. Bad Santa is truly the most toxic anti-holiday film ever made, and, like whiskey, only gets better with age.
The ultimate in cautionary Christmas consumerism, Gremlins celebrates the perfect holiday gift – something thoughtful, rare, expensive, unavailable and … deadly?
1) Die Hard
From its Christmas rap-rock to its home-for-the-holidays setup, Die Hard oozes Christmas cheer. Nothing, and we mean nothing, reunites and strengthens family bonds during the holidays like killing terrorists in the Nakotomi tower.