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Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'

The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can’t forget the franchise’s dark origins. Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a “seeing is believing” message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus.

The Santa Clause isn’t the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there’s a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, and darkly hilarious Christmas stories. Here are 10 of the most notable:

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'It's a Wonderful Life' and 7 other Christmas classics with sequels

With the announcement of a possible sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life, the Internet is abuzz with everyone and anyone’s opinion. But the 1946 Jimmy Stewart-starring film isn’t the first holiday classic to get the sequel treatment. Some are just as spirited as their predecessors; others are the cinematic equivalent to getting coal in your stocking.

We break down seven sequels to holiday favorites to see how they fare before It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Rest of the Story joins their ranks.
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'It's a Wonderful Life': A hater's guide

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Call me a Grinch, call me a Scrooge, or simply tell me that I have no heart. But every year, I’m forced to watch It’s A Wonderful Life, and every year I want to throw something at my TV screen. (Spoilers to follow.)

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PopWatch Planner: 'Liz & Dick,' 'Killing Them Softly' and more

Will Liz & Dick reignite Lindsay Lohan’s career? How hot does Brad Pitt look as a mafia enforcer in Killing Them Softly? What else is on deck this week in our PopWatch planner? Check it out below!

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