"Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, Get Over It" – Kat Corbett

December 21, 2018

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That’s roughly the number of times I heard the word “Christmas” mentioned in Die Hard. In this 132 minute movie, that is one “Christmas” every five and half minutes.  This does not include the numerous Christmas songs used throughout and the scenes packed full of Christmas decorations, or the fact that this movie is set at a Christmas party on Christmas Eve.

Die Hard is a Christmas movie.         

I would argue the biggest sticking point with naysayers is that Christmas movies usually revolve around a family in conflict. BINGO! Die Hard is all about family. It’s about a man who flies across the country hoping for a Christmas miracle—to repair his broken marriage and get his family back together. Oh, you want the Elf, Frosty, Scrooge outsider/loser Christmas movie? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the FBI…er John McClane.

Even the co-writer of this classic screenplay, Steven DeSousa, defends Die Hard as a Christmas movie. Debating is futile, so stop it.

During KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018 I asked your favorite bands and personalities the question, “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” Watch the video for their responses.

And now I shall leave you with eloquent words from the great euro-trash terrorist Hans Gruber, “It’s Christmas Theo. It’s the time of miracles.”

Give me a Christmas miracle and believe! If you don’t, I might just pull you into the rabbit-hole theory that this whole thing is all taking place in John McClane’s head, and the terrorists represent his fear and anxiety about his crumbling marriage.

Yippee ki yay mutherf*cker!