Whether it's A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or Die Hard, anybody has his or her own go-to Christmas movies. Then there are the anniversary movies that accept been boarded to the Island of Misfit Christmas Cine Sequels—movies that bodies don’t love, because they aloof apparent don’t apperceive about. (Though, admittedly, blur affection may additionally generally comedy a part.) Here are seven examples of the latter.
Fourteen years afterwards rolling up to Clark Griswold’s abode in a abandoned old RV in 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) got a melancholia adventure of his own with the made-for-TV Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure. This time around, Eddie and his family—including wife Catherine (Miriam Flynn, reprising her role forth with Quaid) and Ed Asner as “Uncle Nick”—find themselves adulatory Christmas while trapped on a close island. Matty Simmons, ambassador of the added four Vacation movies, wrote the screenplay. He has alone bound one cine since, National Lampoon’s Pucked, starring Jon Bon Jovi. (Yes, that’s real.)
You apperceive about Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. You ability apperceive about the Macaulay Culkin-less Home Alone 3; it did get a affected release, afterwards all. But, zombie-like, the authorization kept shambling forth with two TV movies, appear in 2002 and 2012. (We’ll be due for addition in 2022.) The first, Home Alone 4: Taking Aback the House, yet afresh puts Kevin McCallister (Mike Weinberg) in the position of accepting to avert his house—actually his afar dad’s girlfriend’s house, area he’s spending Christmas—from thieves. Those thieves are played by French Stewart and Missi Pyle, the aboriginal dispatch in for Daniel Stern as the addled Marv.
Admitting Home Alone: The Anniversary Heist autonomous for a casting new set of characters, the accoutrement is the same: Christmas, thieves, a booby-trapped house, etc. etc. The thieves this time about are played by Debi Mazar, My Name is Earl's Eddie Steeples, and … Malcolm McDowell?
Aback time immemorial, TBS has captivated admirers with their 24-hour chase of A Christmas Story. No such adulation is accustomed to its 2012 sequel, A Christmas Story 2, apparently because no one realizes it’s a thing. This direct-to-video aftereffect takes abode bristles years afterwards the aboriginal movie; Ralphie, accepting beat bottomward his ancestor abundant to get a Red Ryder carbine activity 200-shot ambit archetypal air rifle, now has his affection set on a car. The two films accept no casting or aggregation in common; the better name in the aftereffect is Daniel Stern, who cut his Christmas chops on (some of) the above Home Alone movies. There’s absolutely an earlier, non-holiday based A Christmas Story sequel, blue-blooded My Summer Story (released in theaters in 1994 as It Runs in the Family), that follows Ralphie and his family's summer shenanigans. That one was accounting and directed by the aforementioned bodies who did A Christmas Story, admitting aback it was fabricated 11 years later, its amount casting had to be replaced. Here, Ralphie and his parents are played by Kieran Culkin, Charles Grodin, and Mary Steenburgen, with Christian Culkin as Randy.
A year afterwards NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! kicked off the accepted televised agreeable trend, the peacock arrangement approved its duke with a new adjustment of Jon Favreau’s avant-garde Christmas archetypal Elf. OK, Elf: Buddy’s Agreeable Christmas isn’t absolutely a sequel—it’s added a abridged mash-up of Elf and its agreeable adaptation, Elf: The Musical. Oh, and did we acknowledgment it’s in stop-motion? Jim Parsons choir the Christmas-loving Buddy, a animal aloft as an Elf at the North Pole, with voiceover able (and Jedi) Mark Hamill arena his Scrooge-like father, Walter.
Aback in 2006, ABC Family aired the made-for-TV Christmas cine Santa Baby, starring Jenny McCarthy as Mary, a woman disturbing with the accommodation to leave her career as a activating baron in adjustment to go aback home and advice her ancestor with his business back he becomes sick. Oh, and her ancestor is Santa Claus. Santa Baby was so acknowledged that it garnered a sequel, Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. (Not, in fact, accounting by Carly Rae Jepsen.) This time around, Mary has to footfall in and save Christmas back her ancestor has a midlife crisis and an advocate at the North Pole tries to get the elves to go on strike. Aloof what one expects in ABC Family Christmas movies: activity disputes!
There accept been a scattering of sequels to the archetypal Rankin and Bass Christmas appropriate Frosty the Snowman, two of them by Rankin and Bass themselves. The aboriginal one, 1976’s Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, involves Frosty’s adolescent accompany architecture him a wife called Crystal. The additional is ever-so-slightly added ambitious: One hour and 37 account long, compared to 25 and 24 account for the antecedent films, 1979’s Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July involves a artifice by the angry astrologer Winterbolt to abort the abracadabra that makes Rudolph’s adenoids glow. (It was put there by the Aurora Borealis. Aloof go with it.)
Also present in Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July are: A circus, run by a appearance accurate by Ethel Merman; an angry carney aggravating to booty over that circus; Santa in a hot air balloon; an angry reindeer called Scratcher; “Reinsnakes”; and a arena area Frosty, Crystal, and their two kids cook to afterlife in the hot Florida sun. Merry Christmas!