Krampus (2015) Review

From writer/ director of “Trick ‘R Treat” Michael Dougherty, “Krampus” is a fiercely fun, festive comedy horror with its bony, clawed finger pointed firmly at the cold, cold heart of the greed and hypocrisy of the commercialisation of the holidays. It opens with a chillingly faithful recreation of the worst excesses of the scenes played … Continue reading Krampus (2015) Review

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Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

*SPOILERS* A festive special which is unlikely to reconvert any of those who checked out during the last season, “Last Christmas” still offered us a rich and fruity plum pudding of entertainment, perfect for a Christmas Day tea time. There wasn’t, to be honest, a lot of originality in this year’s Christmas special but at … Continue reading Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

Get Santa (2014) Review

It’s not all that often you get a new Christmas movie – in the cinema at least. Direct to DVD and cookie-cutter TV movies abound but a theatrically released Christmas movie is something a bit special. When Tom discovers Santa Claus hiding in his garden shed, he eagerly agrees to help him recover his sleigh … Continue reading Get Santa (2014) Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 21: Arthur Christmas (2011)

By the end of my first time of watching “Arthur Christmas” in the cinema, I’d already welled up a couple of times and my excuse of having ‘something in my eye’ was starting to wear thin. Essentially the story of one child’s gift being missed on Christmas Eve, most of the action focusses on the … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 21: Arthur Christmas (2011)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 20: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

It’s a wonder it took so long for someone to attempt to make a film about Santa Claus being a kind of super hero. It’s less of a wonder that the people to give it a try would be the same people behind the ailing “Superman” franchise, whose most recent film “Supergirl” had been a … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 20: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 18: Rare Exports (2010)

Santa Claus is a being of immense and extraordinary power. He can visit every house on Earth in the space of one night, so has the ability to manipulate space and time. He is able to gain entry to any structure and knows whether you’ve been bad or good. He is near omnipresent and omniscient … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 18: Rare Exports (2010)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 11: Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

I know it’s not fashionable to praise or approve of remakes, but sometimes – every once in a while - they’re actually pretty good. Now I’m not saying that this is better than the original 1947 version but I put it to you that it’s every bit as good. John Hughes (“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 11: Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 9: Fred Claus (2007)

The idea of Paul Giamatti as an exasperated Santa Claus is such a delightful one, that it makes you wonder why it took until 2007 for it to make it to the screen.  Of course, he’s not the title character, but he’s an important part of why “Fred Claus” works better than it ought to. … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 9: Fred Claus (2007)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 8: The Polar Express (2004)

The award winning book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is a charming tale of a magical train which takes a boy who has begun to have doubts about Santa Claus to the North Pole where he meets the man himself and is rewarded with a special gift, forever preserving the magic of Christmas. … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 8: The Polar Express (2004)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 1: The Santa Clause (1994)

In the grand tradition of Christmas TV repeats, I'm going to re-run last year's again, although I'll throw in the odd Craggus Christmas Cracker here and there as I manage to take in some new festive features. So, every day from the 1st of December to Christmas Eve, I'll be (re)delivering The Craggus' Christmas Countdown, … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 1: The Santa Clause (1994)