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Movie Tips: When It All Goes Wrong at the Holidays

all wrong-nightmare_before_christmasThe determination to make each year’s holiday festivities better than the last only gets you so far. Whether its buying the wrong present or getting stranded far from home, there’s always something to bring down that holiday spirit. Thankfully we’re here to make sure it’s smooth sailing this season. Take a lesson from these movies on how to avoid those Yuletide meltdowns.

The Holiday Mix-Up – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack meant well, but kidnapping “Sandy Claws” is never the answer. Halloween Town is Halloween Town for a reason; it’s built for creepy creatures, vampires and mad scientists, not for making Christmas. Perhaps there are kids who’d prefer a late-night visit from the Pumpkin King donning a red suit with a creepy head in a box in hand, but, odds are, most would prefer the real deal – even if he still had candy caught in his beard.

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From ‘Trollhunter’ to ‘V/H/S’ – Movie Monsters Deserving of Their Own Prequels

Monsters_UniversityBack in 2001, Mike and Sulley were a Monsters, Inc.factory dream team. Sulley racked up enough scares to get himself to the top of the scare charts and Mike functioned as the ultimate wingman, keeping his big best furry friend on top of his game. But no one just starts at the top. They had to work their way up and, it turns out, watching Mike and Sulley find their groove at college makes for a worthy Monsters, Inc. prequel. In honor of Monsters University’s June 21 release, we take a look at 10 other big-screen aliens, dinosaurs and obscure creatures deserving of a prequel of their own.

Cloverfield Monster

Due to the found-footage perspective, we never get to learn all that much about the Cloverfield monster’s origins, but even though producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves and writer Drew Goddard chose to do that deliberately to make the point-of-view approach more realistic, they still did go into production with a solid understanding of “Clover’s” condition. Abrams explained, “He’s a baby. He’s brand new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.” Reconsidering the monster’s New York City rampage with those attributes in mind undoubtedly makes you wonder where did he (she?) come from and why.

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