Anyone who has been reading Ruthless Reviews faithfully knows that I have already reviewed a half-dozen versions of this Christmas classic. The Muppets animation hybrid is the most underwhelming of the lot of remakes of the Dickens novel that I have reviewed. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) takes a slightly different approach to the Carol, […]
Film TitleSanta Claus (1959)
Santa from outer space does battle with Satan while children toil as slaves in Santa’s sweatshop.
DirectorSome Mexican Hombre
Hundreds and hundreds of forced labor kids.
To wind up the Christmas reviews of 2014, I have Santa Claus (1959) as I must review something that is truly horrible, even more horrible than the Christmas season itself, which is well upon us. I probably don’t even have to watch this horror show to review it, in fact, I don’t even have […]
Film TitleA Christmas Carol (1951)
Ebenezer Scrooge is a money lender who does not celebrate Christmas. Scrooge reflects on his life and behavior, experiences redemption, emerges a believer in Christmas and a generous and changed man.*
There are over a dozen renditions of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, or Scrooge, and I have reviewed several of them here at Ruthless. There is one omission, A Christmas Carol (1951)and this particular edition may very well be the best of the best, when all things are considered. At Ruthless, we love these […]
Film TitleHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!
DirectorChuck Jones & Ben Washum
The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a charming little short animation that was written by Dr. Seuss and narrated by the late great Boris Karloff. The absolutely fabulous Grinch Song is not sung by Boris Karloff, but actually credited to Thurl Ravenscroft of Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes, (they’re GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]
Film TitleA Charlie Brown Christmas
Voices of people who are probably now dead
Virtually everyone is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts created by the late Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), as well as the ancient animated Christmas TV special. The main character is Charlie Brown, who lives in a bizarro world, where the landscape is bleak and snow-packed during the winter season. His peers are either cruelly ruthless […]
Film TitleBlackadder's Christmas Carol
Wickedly hilariously twisted Dickens Classic
I was browsing through my 10th free trial of Netflix, looking for the 1974 version of Black Santa when I stumbled across this unbelievable find. When I looked at the title and the cast, I dropped everything, yes even the morning micturation would have to wait. Being unfamiliar with the BBC series Blackadder, I […]
Rarely has there ever been a vaguer villain than the psycho in this movie. We only see a hand, or a staring eye, or a shadow. But his whimpering, disjointed phone calls are the scariest thing in this movie.
Film TitleSanta Claus Conquers the Martians
John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck, Bill McCutcheon, Pia Zadora
I stumbled upon this heaping pile of garbage by googling, “Worst holiday movies ever.”
Written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick What can you possibly expect from a movie that was made before CGI, a musical, and one that features stop motion animation? A dazzling masterpiece, that’s what. Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween-Christmas hybrid that is wildly original and infinitely watchable. The setting of […]
Film TitleA Christmas Carol
Disney Animation of Dickens Classic Scrooge
I usually don’t care for animation very much,no matter how compelling, but I watched this movie when it first came out and thought it was pretty good. Upon re-watching, I’ve changed my mind The movie is not only good, it is mind-blowingly fantastic. This version of the Dickens classic is directed by Robert Zemeckis, the […]