December 25 in Sci-Fi History: Christmas Movies that aren't really Christmas Movies

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Dec 25, 2017, 11:38 AM EST (Updated)

Merry Christmas if you happen to celebrate Christmas. We here at This Day In Sci-Fi History have been marveling lately at how many movies open around the holidays. Of course they do; you're trapped at home with family and sometimes someone will say, "Should we see a movie?"

However, what we weren't expecting was this list of films that opened on Christmas Day. Such as:

Altered States (1980)

Paddy Chayefsky's final screenplay, based on his play, was directed by Ken Russell and details the story of John C. Lilly’s experiments with sensory deprivation tanks and LSD. Merry Christmas.


Akira (1989)

We love Akira. It has a few different release dates, but it definitely hit theaters in the United States on Christmas Day, 1989. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, the story has everything: ESP experiments, nuclear fallout, motorcycles. Ho ho ho.


Galaxy Quest (1999)

Actually, if you're sitting around with family on Christmas Day and are like, "Should we watch a movie?" – yes. And it's Galaxy Quest. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Missi Pyle, Sam Rockwell. All of it is great, and while it didn't do super well at the box office, it's held up mighty fine since '99.


Children of Men (2006)

The bleakest of holiday movies with somehow a happy ending and kind of a Nativity story in and of itself, Children of Men was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and details a world that's devolved into chaos after women stop being able to conceive. Just … holly and jolly.


Seriously, though: Galaxy Quest. Get to it.

Tomorrow: Boxing Day Babies.