It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Decorate your tree, hang the stockings with care and hope that Bad Santa, soon will be there. If you’ve had enough of the merry merry, wishy, hopey, holiday movie choices, you’re not alone. Bad Santa has become a holiday classic, filling that void for an alcoholic, vulgar, scuzzball thieving Santa, which so many of us desire.
Vanity Fair’s article, ‘Bad Santa: The Improbable Holiday Classic’, talks about the unlikely holiday hero.
Somehow, this ill-mannered, uncompromising piece of nastiness has snuck into the Christmas canon and come to be regarded as a classic, perhaps the first since 1983’s oft-quoted A Christmas Story. There’s double-crossing, grift, murder, and near murder. The term “fuck stick” is introduced to the vernacular. Nobody grows. Nobody really learns anything. Still…Bad Santa still somehow feels warm. It’s Christmas on its own terms.
The film has found a devoted audience and landed on Tugg’s ‘Top 8 Feel-Bad Holiday Films’ list.
The grandaddy of offensive holiday films (it’s a niche genre) also happens to be one of the most jaw-droppingly hilarious films of all time. Bad Santa is truly the most toxic anti-holiday film ever made, and, like whiskey, only gets better with age.
So, this Christmas, if “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” is too sweet for your palette, just wash it down with some holiday spirits by reminding yourself that “The world ain’t fair and you gotta take what you need when you can get it. You gotta learn to stand up for yourself. You’re gonna have to quit being a pussy and kick these kids in the balls or something—or don’t. Shit, I don’t care. Just leave me the hell out of it.”
Watch the full scene below.