Episode 107: Frosty The Snowman (w/ Jake Horowitz and Andy Lewis)

This week we’re joined by filmmakers Jake Horowitz and Andy Lewis to discuss their new film Cup of Cheer, as well as the Rankin/Bass animated classic Frosty The Snowman!

Jake and Andy are the co-writers (and Jake the director) of the new holiday comedy Cup of Cheer! If you’re a fan of the cozy, familiar Christmas movies that flood cable TV this time of year, or even if you’re not, then Cup of Cheer will be right up your alley. It’s a big, goofy parody of the genre in the tradition of Airplane!, only with loads more Christmas trees and snow and awkward small-town romance.

On this episode we sit down with Jake and Andy to discuss the inspiration for their film, as well as some of their childhood favorites. This leads into a discussion of Frosty The Snowman and its place in the greater Rankin/Bass Cinematic Universe!

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Episode 106: Christmas Evil

Home for the Horrordays continues! Released in 1980, Christmas Evil was sold to cash in on the success of Halloween or Friday the 13th. While it bears many of the hallmarks of a typical 80s slasher film, what sets this one apart is how deeply we come to understand its main character, Harry. He’s a disturbed individual, and we watch as he makes preparations to become his town’s Santa Claus, delivering toys to good children, and dishing out pain to the naughty. Join us and find out why John Waters calls this his favorite Christmas movie!

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Episode 105: Santa’s Slay

Welcome to October, the season of falling leaves, pumpkin spiced everything and also a little thing called HOME FOR THE HORRORDAYS!

We’re kicking things this week off with Santa’s Slay! This film is notorious for it’s opening scene, in which a whole host of C-list celebrities get brutally murdered. The rest of Santa’s Slay follows Bill Goldberg’s evil demon Santa as he terrorizes a small town and the two wayward teens tasked with ending his reign of terror once and for all. Or at least until midnight on Christmas Day. It’s completely arbitrary and none of the rules matter, but as we discover, at least the film is aware of that.

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Episode 104: The Santa Clause 3

Happy Fall to one and all! Just as we bid farewell to another summer, so too must we leave behind the works of Tim Allen. On this week’s show, we round out the Santa Clause trilogy with a discussion of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

Join us as we ponder the hard questions of the Santa Clause universe: How strictly must one abide by the rules of the Clause? Does this film’s version of time travel make any sense at all? What is up with all the gender reveal parties? Oh yeah, and what the hell happened to Bernard??? Anyway, this film raises far more questions than it could ever possibly answer, and on top of everything else we’ve got Martin Short running around as the living embodiment of 2020. So that’s great.

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Episode 103: The Santa Clause 2

Greetings and Happy Labor Day, friends! The summer haze is starting to burn itself out and that first whiff of autumn air is right around the corner. As we begin the long slow slide into Holiday Season 2020, we figure it’s time to pull out some more of the big guns.

Three years ago, we recorded an episode on The Santa Clause 2, and then immediately lost it the sands of time. This week we decided it was finally time to finish what we started. Santa Clause 2 is the definition of inessential, but is startlingly prescient in the way it depicts the rise of a fascist regime, and also how a fading 90s star can cling to fame with a vice grip well into the 2000s.

Also in this episode, we compare this film to another early-2000s blockbuster sequel, and Bradford discovers the worst Etsy listing on the entire internet (see below). All in a day’s work for Christmas Creeps!

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Episode 102: Dial Code Santa Claus

On this episode, we spotlight a film we’ve been trying to get our hands on for at least a couple years. It’s 36:15 Code Pere Noel, also known as Dial Code Santa Claus, or Deadly Games depending on where you find it. There’s a legitimate case to be made whether John Hughes stole many of his ideas for Home Alone from this film. Even if the similarities are just coincidence, this film is still an absolute brainmelter from start to finish.

We’ll break down all the gory details, all the Home Alone similarities, and all the killer Santa motifs right here. We also get into the Minitel computer system, The Adventures of Milo and Otis for some reason, and oh so many video game detours. Don’t miss it!

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Episode 101: Puppy Star Christmas

With our 100th episode behind us, it’s time to get back to business. This week’s show is all about Puppy Star Christmas. Not only is this part four in the Pup Star series, but it’s also the eighteenth installment in the inexplicably extant Air Bud franchise. And if that‘s not enough, this is specifically a spin-off of the original Santa Buddies. If none of that makes any sense, don’t worry, we’ll lay it all out for you.

But because this film almost willfully ignores its own plot, we’re forced to discuss everything from the superiority of foreign potato chip flavors, to whether or not the TV show CHiPs had any Christmas episodes, to the short history of people squatting on web domains for large corporations. It’s a living.

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Our 100th Episode Elfstravaganza!

Happy 100 episodes, everybody! We finally made it!

To celebrate, we’re pulling out one of the Big Guns and dedicating an entire episode to the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy ELF! If there’s any movie that can rightly claim to be the New Christmas Classic, it’s Elf. You know the story: Buddy is a human raised by Santa’s elves, who journeys to New York City to meet his biological father and hopefully rescue him from Santa’s naughty list.

Within that framework is a whole lot of material for us to explore, and in this episode we attempt to discuss it all. Everything from the forever problematic “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, to the lasting impact of director Jon Favreau, to the existence of the very bizarre Elf Game Boy game. And we even take some time out to answer a few listener questions! So buckle up, because this episode goes all over the map!

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Episode 99: The Christmas Hope

Welcome to the 99th official episode of Christmas Creeps! Episode 100 is just around the corner, and the only thing standing in our way is one final Christmas Shoes film. Join us this week as we endure The Christmas Hope, part three in a trilogy that, believe it or not, actually has some semblance of continuity.

Sure, the kid from the original film is all grown up now, and played by Sharknado‘s Ian Ziering instead of Neil Patrick Harris. Sure, the titular Christmas shoes don’t actually appear in this film, replaced with a mystery box that even JJ Abrams would laugh at. And sure, we may be expecting too much out of a series that relies on manufacturing tragedies harder than Final Destination. But we gotta put this series to bed once and for all.

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Episode 98: The Christmas Blessing

Five years ago, on our fourth episode ever, we forced ourselves to watch and discuss The Christmas Shoes. You know, the TV movie based on the book based on the song based on an email chain about a little boy who buys his mom a pair of shoes right before she dies? It was brutal stuff, and when we learned there were sequels, we decided we weren’t nearly desperate or drunk enough to even think about touching those.

Well today is that day! On this week’s episode, we’re discussing The Christmas Blessing, the 2005 sequel to Christmas Shoes. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the kid from the original all grown up. 20 years later he returns to his hometown to find himself, finds love along the way, but wouldn’t ya know it? The shoes reappear and the specter of death returns! It’s a whirlwind of pain, grief and anger. And the movie is pretty rough too.

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