Trailer Terrors: Scrooged

Bill Murray is a comedy legend. I say this with the utmost confidence (I choose to grant a reprieve for the abominable Garfield flick in favor of his Zombieland cameo), knowing that there a very few "traditions" I maintain over the course of my life. And yet watching Scrooged (1988) on, around, or before Christmas has been an immutable past time since I can remember.

I must have been around 9 or 10 when I was first being introduced to Scrooged on cable television (thanks USA network). It was a film that came across terrifyingly frightening and charming all in one and the fact that it was funny made me love it even more. Unfortunately, there are many movies nowadays that carry the same magical mixture of humor, horror and holiday spirit as Scrooged does with most the newer fare catering to younger viewers. Granted, there is nothing wrong with that at all, but its nice to know that there's an acceptable buffer between Black Christmas and Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure.


  1. Ghoul Friday said...:

    I just watched this last week. Pulled out the trusty ol' VHS tape and enjoyed simple, charming, comedic Christmas goodness.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    You have it on VHS? Ah, you're so lucky. I don't know what it is about them, maybe its pure nostalgia, but there's nothing quite like a cherished VHS movie with some hot coco in December. Dare I say Gremlins anyone?

  1. Ghoul Friday said...:

    I remember when DVDs first came out and I was teased by people for keeping my VHS collection. I didn't see the point of running out to replace copies of movies I already owned on VHS tapes that were good quality. And I'm glad I didn't listen to them. As you said, there is a joy of nostalgia when I pop old VHS tapes into the VCR, especially when it's a movie I enjoyed in my youth. I still have the first VHS tape my family ever bought: A Christmas Story. It's in an oversized box (compared to the slip covers most VHS tapes had) and you actually open the front outward, like a book cover, to get to the tape. It brings me right back to my childhood.

  1. skinny insect said...:

    I have a case similar to that but it's for THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (Disney's version). It's one of my most cherished possessions. LONG LIVE SCROOGED AND VHS!!!

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