Merry Christmas, dear listeners! This year, we splurged and got you a jumbo-sized episode about everyone's favorite Tim Allen Christmas movie! Bradford joins us once again to pick apart the kid-friendly irony-laden body horror of The Santa Clause! Also, we open the floor to listener questions and take a look back over our podcast year. Thanks for listening, gang. We'll see you in the new year!
We’re doing something a little bit different this week. Instead of ripping apart one Christmas movie, we hopped into the old front-wheel drive sleigh and rode around town ogling Christmas lights, discussing traditional holiday pageants, and cracking wise about the Elf on the Shelf. In the show’s second half, we preview some of the shenanigans we have planned for next year!
Happy Thanksgiving, gang! We asked our Twitter followers to vote on what we should watch next. After a behind-the-scenes tiebreaker, democracy has spoken. The winner? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure. The losers? All three of us. How dumb do you have to be to lose a job to a chimp? Why does mid-30s Audrey Griswold still act like a emotionally stunted teen? How old is too old to be listening to 311? The answers to these questions and more in this week's episode!
Election 2016 is all wrapped up, and this week our hosts seek solace in the sweet nectar of holiday beers. Also, we're discussing everyone's favorite holiday classic: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The results of last episode's listener poll are still very much pending, so don't think we've thrown that out just yet. Think of this as an emergency episode in a time of crisis. Anyway, this week we discuss the election, the sad backstory of Cousin Eddie, and Christmas Creep at Walt Disney World!
Happy Halloween, Creepazoids! Once again, we're going Home for the Horrordays, with Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman! How does a killer snowman traverse a tropical island? What does snowman-related PTSD look like? Will Captain Fun step up to the challenge and save the day? How many Phantom Menace references can we cram into a single episode? The answers to these questions and more as Joe and Johnny-5 discuss Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman!
Welcome back, Creepazoids! It's October now, and our old buddy Bradford returns to help us ring in the Horrordays! This week, we're discussing Ron Howard's 2000 fever dream of a live-action Grinch film starring Jim Carrey! Also, Joe shares a recent tale of body horror, the gang reels in terror at the Grinch's secret origin story, and Johnny-5 tries his hardest to break Bradford with the power of Benedict Cumberbatch. Buckle up, gang, cuz the sun is shinin' and the powder's bitchin'!
This week, special guest Drew Meyer returns to chat about the mid-90s Comedy Central staple Trapped in Paradise. If a movie has no fans, can it truly have fan theories? How many George Baileys does one town need? What is going on with Nicolas Cage in this movie, and how much of it is his fault? Join us as we attempt to answer these questions and more!
We love all holidays equally here at Christmas Creeps, which is why this week we're discussing Holidays, a brand new horror anthology film featuring tales from eight of the biggest holidays on the calendar. Did we love it? Far from it. Give it a listen to find out how deep this awful well goes!
The 2016 presidential race is heating up, and that means it's time to remind you of all the movies in which our two candidates have appeared. Like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York! In this episode we discuss Harry and Marv's surprising resilience, the McCallister's endlessly deep pockets, and the legacy of Tim Curry. Grab your TalkBoys and bricks and let's soak a rope in kerosene!
With Paul Feig's Ghostbusters in theaters now, we take a look back at Feig's 2006 holiday film Unaccompanied Minors, featuring the return of Bad Santa's Thurman Murman! Okay, so he's not actually the same character, but we like to think he is. It's more fun that way. Disclaimer: It's so hot out right now that our computer melted down halfway through recording. We still get in plenty of goofy tangents about Star Wars and junk, but we just wanna be upfront with you fine folks!
You can tell when a movie really sets us all on edge, because we wind up swearing a whole lot more than usual. That's the effect of A Christmas Story 2, a decades-later sequel solely designed to cash in on a holiday favorite. Does Ralphie's mission to get a new car for Christmas have anything on his Red Ryder carbine action range model air rifle? How weird is it to cast Marv from Home Alone as the Old Man? Does Randy live in his own personal time vortex? The answers to these questions and more on this episode of Christmas Creeps!
This week we're celebrating Johnny-5's birthday with another trip through a Die Hard movie! Only problem is it's Die Hard 2, and if you've seen Die Hard 2, you know what a rough, boring, gunfight-filled ride we're in for. What makes a Die Hard movie? Does setting a movie at Christmas automatically count it as a Christmas movie? Is this the movie that drove Renny Harlin off the deep end? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more!
It's another Redboxing Day, everybody! This week's movie asks the question, "What if Santa was actually the devil?" So head on down to your local Redbox, check out Krampus and come on back for our discussion of the movie's comedy/horror dynamic. This may be our most contentious episode yet, as our three co-hosts' reactions to this film run the gamut from bitter contempt to utter delight.
This week we dive into Lethal Weapon, the first of several holiday-themed films from screenwriter Shane Black. Will holiday depression get the best of Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs? (There are three sequels, so no.) How many cheesy buddy cop movie tropes can one movie possibly start? Does Lethal Weapon have anything at all to do with The Karate Kid? Tune in to find out!
Last episode we called our shot and said we'd discuss The Night Before, and this week we finally make good on our promise. Three best friends find themselves growing older and growing apart while embarking on one last holiday bar crawl. Secrets are revealed, grievances are aired, and allllllll the drugs are taken. Believe it or not, though, this one wound up hitting us all right in the feels. That's how the kids say it, right? The feels?
This week we decided to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by watching the greenest thing we could find: From 1994, it's "We Wish You a Turtle Christmas", a live-action direct-to-video Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Christmas special! And because we'd rather be talking about literally anything else, we also discuss the existential crisis of Master Splinter, nitpick the differences between the various Ghostbusters movie trailers, and Karyn pitches a movie about Joe going back to school as an undercover teenager.
This week on the podcast, we discuss the family Christmas movie Love The Coopers. Through the ridiculous power of marketing, Redbox tried to convince us this was a Valentine's Day movie. We may be a bunch of dummies, but we're not that dumb. I mean... We rented, watched, and did an episode about it, but we're not thaaaat dumb. Happy belated-Valentine's Day and also Leap Day, everyone!
Happy February, gang! This week we popped our heads out of our podcast bunker and didn’t see our shadow, which as you know means go back four spaces and do Halloween all over again. In 1996, Universal scraped together a little bit of cash, rewrote A Charlie Brown Christmas and crapped out The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas for broadcast television. In this episode, not only do we improbably land on one of the ultimate truths of Christmas, but also discover how to solve global warming the Final Fantasy way!
Last week the world lost one of holiday cinema's greatest villains in Alan Rickman. So since we covered Die Hard six months ago, this week we discuss Rickman's other modern holiday classic: Love Actually. Join us and returning guest Drew Meyer as we talk about intersecting narratives, Billy Bob Thornton's secret fear, post-9/11 airports, and a whole lot more! (Seriously, this episode's a long one.)