The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.
In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.
Yep, still my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Late, late night viewing and I'm glad as I always watch this at some point during Christmas and was afraid I wasn't going to get to it this year.
And I just realized it's my 25th anniversary. From the first time I saw it in '88 till now it has been twenty-five viewings, one each year.
I just love it and not because it's a Christmas movie as I don't really care much for the holiday. No, I love it because it is hilarious. It has one of film's most unique comedians doing what he does best, being a complete and utter bastard. Murray's dead pan delivery of insults matched with his absurd…
You know I like the rough stuff, don't you, Frank?
-Ghost of Christmas Present
Probably my favorite "modern re-imaging" of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. While the same heartfelt message is essentially there, the drama is greatly toned down and replaced with mean spirited humor tailor made for it's time but perhaps more meaningful today then it was 25 years ago.
The reason for that is the modernization of Ebenezer Scrooge into Frank Cross, a TV executive that takes the commercialization of Christmas to new heights is beyond perfect for the 80s, but 25 years later commercialization of everything we held dear has become an unstoppable beast bigger and badder then ever before. It's arguable that the film plays to…
Two of my favourite things in life, Christmas and Bill Murray.
Being a massive Bill Murray fan, I was more than stoked to experience a film of his I'd never seen before, and was even more ecstatic with it being a Christmas film. What I forgot to take into account was that this is another adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a film I find really difficult to get a feel for on screen. My problem is that the story is so dark and depressing, and these films lighten that tone far too often. It's not really something that defines a Christmas film, but it definitely has great morals. There are a couple adaptations that I enjoyed, but suffice it to say that this one did the least for me.
Clearly the greatest achievement of Scrooged is getting Robert Mitchum to yell, "A BUTTHEAD?!"
For a long time I've regarded Scrooged as my favourite Christmas movie and this viewing has done nothing to change my opinion. Sure, any film allowing Bobcat Goldthwaite to do his thing will never be able to be perfect or even get 5 stars, but that is practically the only thing wrong with Scrooged.
In fact, Scrooged does this marvellous thing of being based around a live retelling of A Christmas Carol at the centre of its story and yet manages to craft a 'Scrooge' story of its own around it without getting into a mess of self-awareness. Instead it just concentrates on trying to be…
One of the best Christmas films ever made.
One of my favorite Christmas movies.
I never saw this until maybe ten years ago despite being a life long Bill Murray fan. It has become my new favorite Christmas movie.
I finally found an adaptation of A Christmas Carol that I enjoy more than A Muppet Christmas Carol. I don't know how this avoided me for so long. This is definitely moving up to the top of my Christmas movie list. Bill Murray gives one of his best performances, the dialogue is great, and the effects still hold up incredibly well. The ghost of Christmas future is terrifying.
And to be honest, by the end of this I found myself really tearing up quite a bit.
Yet another version of "A Christmas Carol," this one set in the present day and starring Bill Murray as a self-absorbed television producer.
Though another version of the classic story probably wasn't really necessary, this one is entertaining enough if you're looking to kill a couple of hours on the sofa. The funniest moments come not from the main action, but rather from glimpses of the kinds of terrible shows Murray's producer character is responsible for putting on the screen.
Featuring some ghoulish makeup effects that won the film its sole Academy Award nomination.
My favorite christmas movie and my favorite version of the Christmas Carol story. Murray revels as the most asshole character I think I've seen him as. It's funny, haunting even, and the ending speech chokes me up every time.
An epic final act.
this is it. this is my new least favourite movie and i'm so fucking sick of bill murray and if i ever actually saw this on christmas i'm sure the entire day would be ruined.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…