The most unlikely Christmas movies

Each year, television channels interrupt our regular programming over the Christmas season to bring us a selection of movies to keep us from throttling our parents or getting into fights with our siblings.

Not all families are like this, but I'm sure the TV networks work on the assumption that sooner or later everyone will have had enough of talking to each other and need to sit down in front of the box and put their feet up after eating and drinking all day.

Some of these movies are logical for the time of year, with titles wheeled out like Home Alone, The Grinch, A Muppet Christmas Carol and Santa Claus: The Movie (the awesome one from 1985).

However, there are often one or two odd choices on the primetime schedule that confuse me. I always remember seeing Labyrinth as a kid and being completely traumatised by it. I sadly grew up knowing David Bowie only as that creepy guy from Labyrinth who comes to take babies away in the night. It has only been in my adult years that I've come to know him as a music artist and as long as I don't have to watch him perform, I'm okay!

Speaking of which, another questionable entry has to be The Dark Crystal with those scary Skeksis and their unnerving whining. Oh, and did anyone else get completely freaked out by what happens to the horse?

I can understand why these sorts of fantasy films show up around this time of year: it's a time of magic which blends well with fantasy. As a kid, I always remember there being The Neverending Story or the neverending sequels showing on TV.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is also a funny one too because I get caught up thinking, "is this a Halloween movie about Christmas or a Christmas movie featuring the stars of Halloween?" This sort of thing keeps me up at night, you know!

Then there is the blockbuster club of totally unrelated films such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, Men in Black and even the films named after completely different holidays like Independence Day.

Is it just a decision to put popular movies on to attract viewers or is someone playing some kind of random prank on the people paying attention to what's on? Anyone else got a random movie they've seen show up on TV over Christmas?

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