Were you lucky enough to have grown up in the 80s? If you were, then you will remember that Christmas in the 80s was the best! It was a the dawn of a new era in technology, so toys were starting to become more interactive, computers were creeping into our homes, and movie magic was happening throughout the decade. Never more so than at Christmas when there were plenty of amazing Christmas movies to choose from. Here are 10 80s Christmas movies to get you in the spirit!
1. Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
Santa Claus: The Movie is a straightforward attempt to explore the mysteries of Santa Claus with the key objective being to answer some of the basic questions many children have about the Santa mythos, such as how his reindeer fly, how he and his wife made it to the North Pole, and how he ascends chimneys, among other things. The film chronicles the origins of Santa Claus, who, along with his wife Anya (Judy Cornwell), goes from being a simple working man to becoming an international icon of Christmas. At the same time, the film also tells a contemporary story in which one of Santa’s elves (alternately referred to as the “Vendequm” onscreen), a visionary named Patch (Moore), sets out to employ Santa’s toymaking methods on his own, unaware that he might be ruining the magic of Christmas in the process.
2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Since its release in 1989, Christmas Vacation has often been labeled as a modern Christmas classic. It is also the only sequel in the Vacation series to have spawned its own direct sequel: a 2003 made-for-TV release entitled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure. The film has achieved six home video releases: VHS and Laserdisc in early 1990, a bare bones DVD in 1997, and a “Special Edition” DVD in 2003. A Blu-ray edition was first released in 2006. In 2009, the film was released as an “Ultimate Collector’s Edition.” At the same time of this release, it was also released on a simple Blu-ray/DVD combo. A steelbook Blu-ray was released in 2015.
3. Scrooged (1988)
Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by Michael Chapman. The screenplay was written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue. The original music score was composed by Danny Elfman.
The film stars Bill Murray, with Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Alfre Woodard, John Forsythe, Carol Kane, John Houseman, and Robert Mitchum in supporting roles. Murray’s brothers Brian, John, and Joel also appear in the film. The film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters which had been a great success four years earlier. In the United States, the tagline was, “Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it’s three against one.”