The 15 Weirdest Christmas Movies Of All Time

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Vote up the movies that sound too strange to be true.

If you've already burned through your normal rotation of Christmas classics, these weird Christmas movies may be just what you're looking for.

Sure, there are plenty of scary Christmas movies to flip the holiday tropes on their heads, but these films offer unusual and surprising premises that must be seen to be believed. A few may even warm the heart in their own unique way - even if they're too bizarre to make any sense.

Freakishly odd characters are usually the centerpieces of these weird Christmas films. With Martians and devils, bounty hunters and conmen - and even a John Wayne flick mixed into the bunch - there's probably something here to tickle your festive fancy. You might even find a new and outlandish favorite, so vote up the most bizarre Christmas films to see what rises to the top.


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    The plot of Elves centers on the efforts of a group of SS fanatics preparing for a Fourth Reich. Their plan is to mate Santa Claus's elves with human women in an attempt to create a race of supermen. It's up to a former detective and a drunken department-store Santa to stop them.

    • Actors: Deanna Lund, Dan Haggerty, D.L. Walker, Laura Lichstein, Ken Carpenter
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Jeffrey Mandel
  • Santa Claus, AKA Santa Claus Vs. The Devil, is a 1959 Mexican fantasy film. Instead of the traditional toy workshop with elves at the North Pole, Santa runs a sweatshop in outer space manned by children.

    Satan has taken a disliking to Santa, who strives to make good children out of bad, so he sends a bright-red, dancing demon to Earth on a mission to ruin Christmas by “making all the children of the Earth do evil.” These children conspire to take Santa and turn him into Satan’s servant.

    However, Santa is not going up against these evil forces alone. Merlin the Magician is by his side.

    • Actors: José Elías Moreno, Amando Arriola, Jose Luis Aguirre, Polo Ortín, Cesáreo Quezadas
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: René Cardona, Ken Smith
  • This film is a story within a story. Santa finds himself and his sleigh stranded on a beach in Florida - after his reindeer have abandoned him and flown back to the North Pole to find relief from the heat.

    Children - including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - and a guy in a gorilla suit try to free Santa using a variety of farm animals, but their efforts are fruitless. Santa then proceeds to tell the story of Thumbelina, which includes its own opening and closing credits nested within the primary film.

    The Ice Cream Bunny doesn't show up until the very end, and then they all drive off in an old fire truck.

    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Barry Mahon

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  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
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    An archeological dig on Christmas Eve in Finland unearths the real Santa Claus - except this Santa is not one of dreams but of nightmares.

    Children begin disappearing, so a reindeer hunter sets out to capture and sell Santa to the company sponsoring the dig. Standing in the way are Santa's elves, and they will stop at nothing to free Santa from captivity. 

    • Actors: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Järvenpää, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Jalmari Helander

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