There’s no single figure more beloved during the Christmas season — and in Christmas movies — than good old Saint Nick. But as the years have passed and times have grown more cynical, the holly jolly Kris Kringles of Miracle on 34th Street have been joined in the cinematic Christmas canon by boozing, screwing, stealing Santas of the Bad Santa ilk. For this special Christmas supercut, we’ve assembled some of the sketchier Saint Nicks of cinematic history; check them all out after the jump.
Edited by Jason Bailey
Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Crystals
FILMS (in alphabetical order): Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff, 2003) Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) (Lewis Jackson, 1980) Friday After Next (Marcus Raboy, 2002) Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990) Jingle All the Way (Brian Levant, 1996) Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947) Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Jalmari Helander, 2010) The Ref (Ted Demme, 1994) Santa’s Slay (David Steiman, 2004) Silent Night, Deadly Night (Charles E. Sellier, Jr., 1984) Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Lee Harry, 1987) Sint (Dick Maas, 2010) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2011)