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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Episode 97: The Grinch (2018)

It feels good to be back in the saddle talking about Christmas movies! This week we’re talking about the 2018 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” simply titled The Grinch. Produced by Illumination Studios (the house that Minions built), this film currently holds the title of Highest Grossing Christmas Film Ever. Home Alone held that title for 28 years until the right cartoon came out at the right time of year…

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to discuss! In this episode we compare this film to the 2000 live-action abomination, question the need for licensing so many Christmas songs for five seconds apiece, and ponder the need to cast Benedict Cumberbatch to voice The Grinch. Come join us!

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Stocking Stuffer #24: Crossing Creeps

With all of us trapped at home, and a brand new Animal Crossing game consuming our lives, now seemed like a pretty good time to dedicate an entire episode to your favorite thing and ours: Video Game Chat! (It was bound to happen at some point.)

On this episode, we’re discussing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The whole gang has gathered on Jonathan & Karen’s island to chat about island infrastructure, quirky animal neighbors, the fact that everyone hated Bunny Day, the creeping terror of tarantulas, and more!

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Stocking Stuffer #23: The Breadford Exchange

As the quarantine continues, so too does our mission to keep ourselves sane! Once again, Joe & Bradford bring you some fun home cuisine tips. Last week we discussed how to make your own cold brew coffee. This week, Bradford details how to make your own bread at home!

If you have any suggestions or requests for how-to guides from us weirdos, feel free to shoot those over to us, and we’ll see what we can do! We’re here to entertain, and we’ve got nothing but time on our hands…

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Stocking Stuffer #22: Coffee Creeps

This week we’re taking a break from movies and TV of every stripe to discuss something a little closer to home. If you’re anything like us, you’re trying to limit your retail interactions to the barest of necessities, which sometimes means cutting out your morning coffee runs. I know, I hate it too. But these are strange times and it’s for the greater good.

Anywho, on this week’s episode, Bradford returns from podcast paternity leave to teach Joe the ins and outs of making your own cold brew coffee at home! So pour yourself a cup and come join us for Coffee Creeps!

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  • Coffee is available anywhere you buy coffee.
  • Wash your hands. Stay home if you can. Be safe.
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COVID Creeps: The Crazies (1973)

If you’re anything like us, you really haven’t been in the Christmas mood lately. With pretty much the entire world on lockdown right now thanks to COVID-19, we decided to stretch outside our comfort zone a bit and discuss a movie more relevant to current events. Crossing a couple of the obvious ones off the list, we finally landed on George A. Romero’s 1973 cult classic THE CRAZIES!

A military plane has crashed outside of Evans City, PA. The payload: an experimental bioweapon codenamed “Trixie”. This man-made virus turns people into murder-obsessed crazies, and the army arrives to lock down the town before the virus can spread. Can our plucky band of survivors escape town before military goons catch them? Can top scientists create a vaccine before the president decides to nuke the entire town? Could there possibly have been a more stressful film for us to watch right now???

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Episode 96: Jack Frost (1979)

Winter has finally arrived in our little pocket of the world, friends, and so on this episode we dive into the Rankin/Bass tale of Jack Frost! There are many Jack Frosts in the world, but this is the only one that features steampunk horses, climate-induced poverty, and a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table who has a summer cottage somewhere on the Eurasian Steppe.

This is a very…strange cartoon. So strange, in fact, that Jack Frost clearly wasn’t cool enough to carry this thing on his own, so they introduced a groundhog voiced by Buddy Hackett. That’s right! Star of Disney’s The Love Bug, Buddy Hackett!! Wow!

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Stocking Stuffer #21: Seinfeld, “The Pick”

It’s February, and by now you’ve probably put away all your decorations and lights and all that fun stuff. You’ve also probably accumulated a fair number of Christmas cards that you’ve either stashed or trashed. And that’s what we want to talk about today, with “The Pick”, the first of Seinfeld‘s two holiday episodes. “The Pick” finds Elaine agonizing over a Christmas card that features some unfortunate nudity, among other subplots that have little-to-nothing at all to do with Christmas.

…Listen, we really just wanted to talk about Seinfeld this week, alright? Also this episode eventually veers into King of the Hill chat, and the subject of Hank Hill’s plumbing. You’ve been warned. Anywho, we’ll be back with a regular episode before you know it!

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Episode 95: Klaus

Welcome to season six of Christmas Creeps! It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for so long, but there are lots of Christmas movie still to discover and we have no plans of stopping now!

Niall Flanagan and Dwayne Moloney, cohosts of the Secret of the Sailor Madness podcast, join us once again to discuss the handmade charms of the Netflix original film Klaus! The film tells the story of Jesper, a young postal worker sent to the farthest reaches of Scandinavia. With the help of a reclusive toymaker named Klaus, Jesper accidentally gives birth to the Yuletide legend of Santa Claus. The film was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, so consider this our 2020 Oscar Special!

On top of being a unique spin on a well-worn tale, Klaus delivers a welcome return to the tradition of hand-drawn animation, and when you put three animation nerds in a room together, what you get is a whole lot of gushing! So sit back, grab yourself one of those leftover Christmas beers, and join us as we break down Klaus!

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