With December looming, it’s of course almost time to watch the same classic holiday movies over and over again. Don’t lie, some of you have started early and there’s so many amazing films to watch over the holidays. We caught up with the Montreal-based rock band Mercury Messiah who shared with us their favourite Christmas movies.

Mano (Guitarist) – Home Alone (1990)

The original Home Alone is by far my favourite Christmas movie. The amount of times I’ve watched that movie is quite alarming. If I were to give an estimation, I’d say around 30-40 times. I remember the first time I watched it, I must’ve been 6 or 7 and I had the craziest pain in my ribs from laughing endlessly. I never knew such pain from laughter existed up until that day. Watching Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern get completely destroyed by an 8 year old was just hilarious to me. I get super nostalgic every time that movie is on simply because of my associated childhood memories affiliated with that movie. I just remember watching it all those years ago with my family and older cousins all while eating my yiayia’s homemade koulourakia, which are Greek cookies we usually have on Christmas (her koulourakia are the best and I will never share that recipe). My favourite scene would have to be where Daniel Stern steps on the nail walking up the stairs barefoot. I just remember thinking to myself how incredibly painful that must have been. I never forget the image of that nail piercing his foot. That scene still gives me the chills till this day.

Johnny Dims (Vocals) – Elf (2003)

My favourite christmas movie is Elf with Will Ferrell because it’s completely absurd. It follows a baby who was accidentally transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa Claus. As Buddy grows up, he goes back to New York, falls in love, and saves Christmas. It’s a great movie to watch with friends and family, and holds a special place as part of my childhood growing up. The iconic scene of Buddy jumping and tackling the christmas tree was a scene that my 8 year old self tried recreating at christmas time. My mom had just finished setting the table and so I sprinted full speed and tackled my family’s Christmas tree! This actually happened and I do not regret one second of it thanks to Elf! Merry Christmas!

Corrado (Bassist) – Krampus (2015)

My favourite Christmas movie is Krampus – yes the horror film. I’ve always been a huge horror enthusiast and to see that applied to Christmas thrilled me! I do enjoy Christmas a lot for all its colours and joy, but in terms of movie genres it’s horror all the way! The idea of an evil entity that visits bad children was perfect and the movie was filmed quite well in my opinion. So it’s important to me because it combines my two favourite seasons (spooky/cheerful) very well and also reminds me of my own personality.

Alex (Drummer) – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

One movie that I remember from when I was young was The Grinch with Jim Carrey. This character is extremely important to me because it’s a very exaggerated version of myself; I am focused on “important” stuff and get rid of “useless” things, but this movie makes me realize that also having some time to enjoy with people close to you is as important as doing “important” things. I watch it often to make sure I remember this.

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