A Christmas Carol (1971-Animated/Short)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1971)

Synopsis

An award winning short animated version of the Dickens classic.



Cast

Alastair Sim
Michael Hordern
Michael Redgrave

Here is yet another version of my favorite Christmas classic, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. This is an animated short made by the great, late Richard Williams. As far as I know, this is the only version of A Christmas Carol to win an Academy Award; it won for Best Short Subject, Animated Films. It […]

Christmas Slay (2015)

Film Title

Christmas Slay (2015)

Synopsis

The worst “Killer Santa” movie ever made

Director

Steve Davis

Cast

Dani Thompson
Laura Ellen Wilson
Lydia Kay
Frank Jakeman

I am slogging through my annual gulag of Christmas Movies, fresh off of reviewing a delightfully silly Slay Belles. We now are faced with yet another “Slay” word play Christmas film. In addition to Slay Belles, we have had the quite watchable Teresa Spoon favorite, Santa’s Slay. Now I reluctantly present Christmas Slay, which is […]

Slay Belles (2018)

Film Title

Slay Belles (2018)

Synopsis

Three sexy cosplaying women battle the evil Krampus in order to save Christmas, and the world!

Director

Dan Walker

Cast

Barry Bostwick
Kristina Kleb
Susan Slaughter
Hannah Wagner
Diane Sallinger
Joel Ezra Hebner

Slay Belles is a Christmas horror comedy that features three young women who are YouTubers. They are also a trio of ditzy cosplayers, anime freaks and free-spirited Listers. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A Lister can be defined as someone who is most likely on the list of the 10 biggest ho’s in high school] Don’t let that […]

Christmas At Graceland: Home For The Holidays

Film Title

Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays

Synopsis

Murder, rape, carjackings and lootings in Memphis during a steaming hot Christmas season

Director

Eric Close

Cast

Kaitlin Doubleday
Adrian Grenier
Sunny Mabrey
Nina Thurmond
Trace Masters
Laney Malone
Hailey Harris

My career with Ruthless has been a good one with many high-water marks like Midnight Cowboy and my Christmas Movie reviews and related articles. There have also been a few low spots, but this movie is one ditch that I may not be able to crawl out of. Somehow, someway, Matt Cale talked me into […]

The Elf (2017)

Film Title

The Elf (2017)

Synopsis

A curse on whoever is responsible for this movie

Director

Justin Price

Cast

Natassia Halabi
Gabriel Miller
Lassiter Holmes
Lisa May
Joseph Daniel Ellis

I am not going to mince words or waste much time with this review. We had Will Ferrel’s stinker Elf, Dan Haggarty’s debacle, Elves, and now we have The Elf (or Elf on a Shelf). This film is probably the most senseless, boring and unnecessary Christmas/Horror movie ever made. The actors behave like they hated […]

A Christmas Carol (1954) TV

Film Title

A Christmas Carol (1954)

Synopsis

An unwatchable version of the Dickens classic

Director

Ralph Levy

Cast

Basil Rathbone
Fredric March
Bob Sweeney
Ray Middleton
Sally Fraser
Christopher Cook

This was a musical version of the Scrooge classic made for the TV “Shower of Stars” program that ran from 1954-1958. This episode aired on Dec. 23, 1954. For those who are not familiar with the story, here is a synopsis: Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender and a loner who does not believe in […]

The Knight Before Christmas: Netflix

Film Title

The Knight Before Christmas: Netflix

Synopsis

A 14th Century knight time travels to the present time to fulfill a quest

Director

Monkia Mitchell

Cast

Vanessa Hudgens
Emanuell Chriqui
Josh Whitehouse
Ella Kenion
Isabell Franca
Mimi Gianopulos

And again it begins. At least I held off this year until after November 20th. I’m usually exhausted before Dec. 15 and have completed my annual obsession with my beloved Christmas Movies. Last year Netflix gave us the highly enjoyable The Christmas Chronicles with the great Kurt Russell. This year? We are not so fortunate. […]

Trading Places

Film Title

Trading Places

Synopsis

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires

Director

John Landis

Cast

Eddie Murphy
Dan Aykroyd
Jamie Lee Curtis
Paul Gleason


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…that time when everyone debates what is or isn’t a Christmas movie. It depends! Is the movie about Christmas or is it just set at Christmas time? Well, while you guys are yelling at each other about which category Die Hard falls into (it’s the latter!), I’m watching […]

Santa Jaws (2018 SyFy)

Film Title

Santa Jaws (2018 SyFy)

Synopsis

A pissed off shark wages the real war on Christmas

Director

Misty Talley

Cast

Reid Miller
Jim Klock
Carrie Lazar
Arthur Marroquin
Miles Doleac
Haviland Stillwell
Hawn Tran
Scott Allen Perry
Ritchie Montgomery

I have watched and reviewed my fair share of fish and Christmas Movies. Today was a good day as I finally got my cable back up and running after they replaced everything from the outside line, to the set. I decided to celebrate by finding the cheesiest Christmas movie that I had not yet reviewed. […]

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Film Title

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Synopsis

A Christmas Classic Movie where lying about everything is treated as a virtue



Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
Dennis Morgan
Sydney Greenstreet
Reginald Gardner
S.Z. Sakall
Una O'Connor
Dick Elliot

I’ve reviewed a dozen or more Christmas Movies this season. There have been good movies and bad, but mostly bad. White Christmas was pleasantly dated, but watchable. Except for Mercy Christmas, most of the horror/slasher Christmas Movies were just poorly made. Christmas In Connecticut is in a class of its own. This was the most […]