If you can expect one thing around December 25th, aside from lame gifts fated for the back of your closet, and extended-family members drinking too much eggnog and getting handsy, it's the reprisal of a time-honored tradition that thousands of other families partake in—the annual showing of a saccharine sweet, miracle-chocked Christmas movie.
But we can only take so much Charlie Brown and chocolate chip cookies before our sweet tooth begins to slowly rot and we're left craving darker, more adult entertainment. Enter: our offbeat alternatives—sinister movies you can convince your family to watch under the thinly-veiled guise of a holiday film.
Sure, the obligatory presence of snowy landscapes and Santa hats are present, but there is also a notable absence of predictability and cheer. Pull the wool over Grandma's eyes with our list of The 10 Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. And when the blood and blunts come out, you can play dumb and blame it on Complex!
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Written by Shanté Cosme (@ShanteCosme)