The 12 genres of Christmas movie

Time Out's Film team prove that there's a Christmas film for everyone


12. 'Gremlins' (1984)

Genre Monster movie

Christmas credentials Arguably the single greatest moment in a Christmas movie comes roughly midway through Joe Dante’s small-town satirical juggernaut, as winsome barmaid Phoebe Cates, recovering from an extended bout of verbal and physical abuse by a gaggle of drunken green monsters, recalls the night her beloved father disappeared. We won’t spoil it for those (few) readers who’ve not seen it; suffice to say the idea of Santa merrily slipping down the chimney will never seem quite the same again.

Cockle-o-meter More cackles than cockles.