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Not-so-merry Christmas Movies

GremlinsEveryone’s had a Christmas that’s fallen well below expectations. It’s an inevitable consequence when you spend your childhood equating December 25 with The Perfect Day. Oh, quit your griping. It could always be worse.

Think of Kate Beringer (Phoebe Cates in Gremlins ) who associates the festive holiday with a fatal family mishap.

Think of Dawn Davenport (Divine in John Waters’ Female Trouble) who throws the ultimate snit when she doesn’t get the cha-cha heels she wanted for a present.

Think of the botulism casualties ( Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life )who end up in one of the tackiest visions of heaven ever to hit the big screen. Has the notion of Christmas every day ever been less appealing?

As to those families who celebrate the season by watching Hulk Hogan in Santa With Muscles … Pray for them.

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