Episode 111: Rapsittie Street Kids

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re back in the saddle after a long winter’s nap, and after this week’s episode we may be rethinking that…

This week we unravel the baffling existence of Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa! This CG-animated special aired in 2002 on the now-defunct WB channel, never to be seen again. Never, that is, until internet sleuths dug it up and rescued it from obscurity. Rapsittie Street Kids tests the limits of what can rightly be called animation. With real celebrity voice talent and a handful of musical numbers, there’s no denying the effort, but…well I mean, just look at it!

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Episode 110: Live Free or Die Hard

Merry Christmas to one and all! The big day is finally here!

This time every year, we like to celebrate July At Christmas with an obnoxiously patriotic action film! This year, we’re dipping back into one of our favorite series with Live Free or Die Hard! It’s a Die Hard! It’s a 4th of July movie! It’s got everything!

Okay, so maybe that last part isn’t true. It’s fun enough for a Die Hard movie, but this episode also gives us a chance to discuss a handful of other topics, including Christmas movie titles from around the world, the state of the internet in 2007, and how on earth a bunch of super-nerds never noticed giant C-4 bricks in their fancy Alienware computers…

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Episode 109: Surviving Christmas

The nightly twinkling of millions of tiny LED Christmas lights can only mean one thing: The holiday season is officially upon us. That means home cooked meals and dysfunctional family visits and traumatic memories suppressed with copious amounts of egg nog. With that in mind, this week’s episode is about all of those things! On this episode we’re talking about the 2004 holiday stinker Surviving Christmas.

Ben Affleck is back as a miserable ad executive who pays the family living in his childhood home a large sum of money to pretend to be his family for Christmas. He desperately mugs and shticks his way through 90 minutes of tired Christmas jokes hoping against hope that at least one person out there will laugh. By the end of it all we find ourselves reminiscing about old episodes of Doug and wishing Ben Affleck had played ALF. Literally anything to stave off the the boredom of having to talk about Surviving Christmas.

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Episode 108: The Last Boy Scout

Welcome to our fourth annual Shane Black Friday, celebrating the works of writer/director Shane Black! On this year’s edition, our pal Libby Cudmore returns to help us figure out why the hell we decided to watch the 1991 Bruce Willis/Damon Wayans actionfest The Last Boy Scout.

Buckle up, because this episode is absolute chaos. The Last Boy Scout has almost nothing to do with Christmas. We discuss the inclusion of “Satan Claus”, and whether or not this movie being about family is enough of a case to call it Christmasy. We also inflict some truly gross holiday foods upon ourselves, so hopefully the Christmas spirit is alive and well in one of us at the end of this ordeal.

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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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