Some Santas want to spread joy to the world…and others just want to watch the world burn. As Christmas approaches, take some time to this week’s special extra 24 Frames gallery, looking at the variations of jolly St. Nick across movie history.
GOOD SANTA: After murdering Father Christmas in cold blood, Tim Allen takes the reins and spreads the joy in .
The Santa Clause
BAD SANTA: A scares the eggnog out of horny teenagers.
Silent Night, Deadly Night
GOOD SANTA: In-family fighting mar the holiday craze in , with only one Claus emerging as the true successor to the sleigh.
BAD SANTA: Ernest P. Worrell as savior of Christmas? What could go wrong? ( )
Ernest Saves Christmas
GOOD SANTA: A mall Santa played by Patton Oswalt helps our fearless duo in .
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
BAD SANTA: A rivalry between St. Nick and his bitter brother threaten to ruin Christmas.
GOOD SANTA: A leads a young boy to the sweet jingle of Christmas.
BAD SANTA: ? Ho no she didn’t!
A Madea Christmas
GOOD SANTA: A 1985 comedy that explores the origin of .
BAD SANTA: Jack Skellington takes over for the previous holiday caretaker in .
A Nightmare Before Christmas
GOOD SANTA: A tactile wood and plastic world in Rankin/Bass’ classic .
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
GOOD SANTA: Naughty or nice, the Santa will destroy you in arm wrestling either way.
Rise of the Guardians
BAD SANTA: If being bad means the adoration of a Gilmore girl, then hey, we don’t wanna be good. ( )
BAD SANTA: It’s not if your local department store clerk doesn’t give you the boot!
A Christmas Story
GOOD SANTA: ‘s Santa gifted us Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel that year. Thanks!
BAD SANTA: To get away from Futurama‘s malevolent Robot Santa, we’ll need a guinea pig. Why not Zoidberg?
GOOD SANTA: Whether he’s a suburban commando, Mr. Nanny, or , Hulk Hogan shows he’s got what it takes to deal with kids.
Santa with Muscles
BAD SANTA: Chevy Chase meltdown imminent in .
GOOD SANTA: . ‘Nuff said.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
BAD SANTA: In , Santa’s elves run amok stealing children for dinner.
GOOD SANTA: can warm even the most Festivus-hardened hearts.
Miracle on 34th St.
BAD SANTA: John Frankenheimer’s final film, , spread lots of yuletide carnage.
GOOD SANTA: In A Nightmare Before Christmas, Santa is nice…which means diddlypoop to Jack Skellington.
BAD SANTA: Not to be upstaged by Hogan, Bill Goldberg entered the Santa arena with horror-comedy .