Where are the Christmas movies? Lack of holiday films is baffling

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The holiday box office is noticeably lacking holiday-themed films this year, says a Purdue University professor.

A Christmas Carol, released on Nov 4, is the sole holiday themed movie of the season, which is a dramatic departure from seasons past.

A Christmas Carol, released on Nov 4, is the sole holiday themed movie of the season, which is a dramatic departure from seasons past.

“A Christmas Carol,” the sole holiday-themed movie of 2009, was released early in the season on Nov. 4.

William Palmer, a professor of film and English in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts, says it is noteworthy that there won’t be any more holiday releases to follow.

“This is a significant shift from recent years, where the first holiday release in November traditionally heralded a bevy of Santa movies, reindeer movies and the like. Picture the ‘Santa Clause’ or ‘Home Alone’ movies and their sequels,” Palmer says. “But not so this year.”

In contrast, the 2008 season featured “Four Christmases,” and “Nothing Like the Holidays.” The 2007 season introduced “Fred Claus,” “This Christmas,” “Home for Christmas,” and a 3-D release of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

“If you’re still in the mood to watch a Christmas flick, I’d suggest heading to the rental store and checking out some of the ‘ghosts from Christmases past,'” Palmer says.

His picks include “Polar Express,” “Scrooged,” “Elf,” and one of his favorites, “Love Actually,” which he describes as an engaging and creative holiday movie.

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3 Responses to “Where are the Christmas movies? Lack of holiday films is baffling”

  1. rumblepup says:

    Christmas time without Christmas movies is a letdown. I’ll definitely be checking out “A Christmas Carol” but a little holiday cheer, especially this year, is much needed. I agree with D Brown, I’ve always wanted a revisit of ‘A Christmas Story’.

  2. David Brown says:

    Movies are all about the box office opening week anymore…. where films are rated by the millions they make in opening week. It’s sad really, now it seems that the country is only interested in vampires and what that niche demograpic (tween’s) care to watch.

    I would go watch a sequel to ‘A Christmas Story’. With the right cast, budget, and product placements it might be a box office hit! It’s hard to beat an original / classic… maybe hollyweird has finally figured this out?

  3. Pam White says:

    Christmas movies can also be seen downtown at the Lafayette Theater. http://bit.ly/638Fz5. The classics are best anyway – especially on the big screen!

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