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'Secret' Christmas Movies

I watched Invasion U.S.A. recently and noticed that it takes place around Christmas time (people decorate their trees, Dadeland Mall has Christmas decorations everywhere, etc.). That doesn't figure into the plot and not much attention is drawn to it, which is why I suspect few people (if anyone at all) ever mention it in discussions about movies that are set at Christmas. Still, I have to think that Die Hard is pretty safe as the king of Christmas action movies.

Can anyone else name movies that take place during Christmas (or another major holiday) but aren't associated with that season?
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

Reindeer Games
The new Hawkeye series

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Trading Places

A Midnight Clear
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

The Silent Partner (1978)
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Every movie written by Shane Black.
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Old 03-15-22, 10:04 PM
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

In Bruges
Eyes Wide Shut
12 Monkeys
Ronin
Brazil
Go
1941
Run All Night
Sneakers
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Proposition
Money Train
The Ice Harvest
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Old 03-15-22, 10:41 PM
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

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A Midnight Clear
A Midnight Clear takes its name from a Christmas carol, that doesn’t seem very secret.
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Die Hard!
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Psycho. Supposedly, when the driving shots came back with Christmas decorations hanging all over the lamposts, Hitchcock didn't want to pay to re-shoot them so he put the date as Dec 11th in the opening titles.
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Lethal Weapon (1987)

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

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Old 03-16-22, 07:53 AM
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Blast of Silence
Lady in the Lake
For 200 Grand, You Get Nothing Now
A Bill of Divorcement
One Nite in Mongkok
Cash On Demand
Double Dynamite
Scenes From A Mall
Body (2015)
Two Men in Manhattan
The Pamela Principle
The Assault (2010)
Larceny, Inc.
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

Originally Posted by majorjoe23
A Midnight Clear takes its name from a Christmas carol, that doesn’t seem very secret.
To be fair, my question was about movies set at/around Christmas that aren't typically mentioned in discussions about films involving that holiday. @TGM mentioned Reindeer Games, which I'd put in the same category: a movie with a Christmas-y title that doesn't (often) get brought up in Yuletide film discussions.

Mondo Kane thanks for bringing up Rabid. I watched that a while back and was pretty sure a shopping mall Santa Claus got shot but wasn't sure if I was thinking of another movie.

Crocker Jarmen great pull! I've watched Psycho a number of times and keep forgetting that detail. I'm pretty I've never come across a mention of Psycho in discussions about movies involving Christmas.
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

Death Dorm (The Dorm That Dripped Blood) (1981)
Prime Evil (1988)
I, Madman (1989)
Night Killer (1990)
Decoys (2004)
À l'intérieur (Inside) (2007)
Dead End (2003)
Faces of Schlock (2009)
The Clinic (2010)
The Pact (2012)
Eliza Graves (Stonehearst Asylum) (2014)
Inside (2016)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Another WolfCop (2017)

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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

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Rabid takes place during Christmas? I totally missed that. Oh wait, do they have decorations up in the mall scene?
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Re: 'Secret' Christmas Movies

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One Nite in Mongkok
Man, my memory is really going. I'm pretty sure I watched One Nite in Mongkok, but damned if I can remember anything about it, let alone it being set at Christmas.

If we're talking Hong Kong thrillers, the recent(ish) Bodies At Rest is very much Christmas-themed:


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À l'intérieur (Inside) (2007)
Inside (2016)
À l'intérieur slipped my mind, but now that you bring it up, I remember watching it and thinking that it was probably the most brutal Christmas movie I've ever seen. I haven't watched the remake, but I'm glad they kept the Christmas setting.


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Jackie Chan’s first Police Story has Christmas decorations up at the mall finale.
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Rabid takes place during Christmas? I totally missed that. Oh wait, do they have decorations up in the mall scene?
Yeah, it's probably the most subtle Christmas themed movie mentioned: Santa Claus gets shot in the mall scene. There might be some Christmas decorations up in the city later on - I can't remember.

Dawn of the Dead (1978) is a just-after Christmas movie. There's a zombie Santa, but the store signs mostly advertise after-Christmas sales, indicating Christmas has already passed. I like to think the employees put up the after-Christmas sale signs before leaving work on Christmas eve, and zombie Santa was turned at a Christmas party, either on Christmas eve or Christmas night.
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Man, my memory is really going. I'm pretty sure I watched One Nite in Mongkok, but damned if I can remember anything about it, let alone it being set at Christmas.
This trailer has one person saying it's Christmas Eve, a "Merry Christmas" Banner, and a thug in a Santa hat:
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Chicago Cab, aka Hellcab.
The Red Lanterns
Some of My Best Friends Are...
Rat (2000)
As the Light Goes Out
Knifepoint
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Rocky IV.
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Lethal Weapon

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Bell, Book & Candle
Poseidon Adventure
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not so secret, but The Ref is an underrated Christmas classic

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