12 Christmas movies and shows to watch in 2021 (and 5 to skip)

ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL
ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL /
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Black Christmas
(from left) Riley (Imogen Poots), Kris (Aleyse Shannon) and Marty (Lily Donoghue) in “Black Christmas,” co-written and directed by Sophia Takal. /

Skip: Black Christmas

For the whole family? This is not a movie for the younger people in the house.

What it’s about: There are a few adaptations of Black Christmas, with the original being released in 1974. They’re not actually reboots but continuations of the same story. So, if you’re going to watch one, you do really need to watch them all. That doesn’t mean they’re all worth it.

A group of sorority sisters is still on campus around Christmas. In the first movie, the sisters are stalked by an unknown stranger, and they may not all make it out alive. In the second movie, more sorority sisters find themselves stalked by an unknown stranger, but this time we know a little more than the characters.

The third movie introduces new characters and new murderers. It’s still about a group of sorority sisters who won’t get home for Christmas.

Why you should skip it: Horror at Christmas can be fun. Why do you think Krampus was on this list? However, not all horror is good.

Horror can get an unfair critical response, but sometimes, the movies just don’t quite meet expectations. If you’re going to watch one of these movies, make it the 1974 movie. It did help to kick off the slasher genre back in the day, and it did actually receive a great critical response.

The second and third movies haven’t continued the success. They follow very standard horror formats and cliché moments, including all the jump scares. Sometimes it’s best to just leave movies alone. There are better horror Christmas movies and shows out there.

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Which Christmas movies and shows are you watching this year? Which ones are you skipping? Let us know in the comments below.