Here are some unconventional Christmas movies to spice up the holiday season

Mark Armendariz-Gonzales, Reporter

Instead of watching the same old Christmas classics this holiday season, here are some of the best unconventional Christmas films to enjoy with your family and friends.
With the Christmas season just around the corner, everyone will be getting ready to watch their favorite Christmas movies.
Such Christmas classics as “A Christmas Story” and “Elf” will surely be on everyone’s watchlist this time of the year. However, here are a few of the most bizarre, unique, and just out of the ordinary Christmas movies to watch and enjoy.
The 1984 Steven Spielberg produced horror-comedy “Gremlins” is the perfect movie to laugh and jump to this holiday season.
The film follows a boy named Billy, who is gifted a gremlin by his father as an early Christmas present.
Along with the gremlin comes a set of rules that must be followed, and when Billy lazily doesn’t, mayhem ensues.
The film stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, and Howie Mandel as the main gremlin “Gizmo.” The film was directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus. Columbus would eventually go on to direct the Christmas classic “Home Alone.” This movie is a blast for any viewer during the holiday season.
The script for this film is very unique and original. It does a great job of balancing scares and jokes. The use of puppets instead of CGI also works very well and even though this movie was made in 80’s the effects still look great. The acting in the film is outstanding, and the characters are interesting, but the main stars of the movie have got to be the gremlins themselves.
If you are looking for laughs this Christmas, then 2003’s “Bad Santa” is a must.
The film follows a con man named Willie who is staking out a mall while undercover as the mall’s Santa. He’s not your typical Santa though, he’s constantly drunk and involved in foul antics. As Christmas gets closer, Willie gets himself into more and more insane high jinks and must find a way out.
The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, and Bernie Mac. The film was directed by Terry Zwigoff and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. This movie is not only one of the best Christmas comedies but one of the best 2000’s comedies.
Thornton gives a great comedic performance as Willie in the film, and he is just so perfect at paying a lovable asshole. Thornton isn’t the only one providing laughs in the movie though. Cox and Mac provide just as many.
The film is a laugh out loud holiday treat, and it has a bit of heart to it as well.
If you want some action in your holiday section, then 1988’s “Die Hard” is the movie for you. The film follows a cop by the name of John McClane, whose family is being held hostage in a skyscraper by a group of terrorists on Christmas Eve. It is now up to McClane to stop the terrorists and save his family at all costs.
The film stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, and Bonnie Bedelia. The film was directed by John McTiernan and written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza.“Die Hard” is the ultimate action movie to watch during Christmas.
The film has a great script filled with epic fight scenes and great one-liners. Willis gives an epic performance as McClane and is wonderful at giving off that American hero vibe. Rickman gives a sinister yet intriguing performance as the main villain “Hans Gruber.” “Die Hard” contains all the crazy 80’s action you could want in a Christmas movie.
If you are looking to spice up your holiday watchlist this year, these movies will definitely do the job.