Celebrate Christmas This Year With William Shatner’s Bizarre Holiday Films

Just in Time for Christmas William Shatner
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William Shatner may be best known for his role on Star Trek but he has done plenty of holiday film acting as well. If you’re a fan, you might want to spend Christmas with Captain Kirk this year. Let’s go over some of his Christmas movies including one that may combine your love of Halloween and Christmas.

While most Christmas movies make you feel warm and fuzzy, some hope to invoke fear into your heart instead. This is the case with A Christmas Horror Story. It is a horror anthology that tells the tale of four short horror stories. Shatner plays a local deejay on Christmas Eve in all of the stories and if you’re a fan of the horror genre and could use some scares and laughs this holiday season, this one from 2015 is for you.

A Christmas Horror Story William Shatner 2015

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If you prefer sappy sweet Hallmark films, Shatner appeared in Just in Time for Christmas in 2015 as well. Shatner stars as the driver of a time-traveling carriage who shows the main character the future of the choices she makes now. She is struggling to make the choice between a dream job offer and a handsome boyfriend and Shatner’s role is pretty jolly. Shatner also stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present in a Hallmark remake of the Christmas Carol called A Carol Christmas. While Hallmark kind of phoned it in on this one, fans of Shatner will at least appreciate his part.

For those who prefer funny and light-hearted Christmas movies, Stalking Santa from 2006 is a good choice. The mockumentary-style comedy follows a man who dedicates his life to finding out if Santa really exists. The film is narrated by Shatner. Someone wrote this plot up on IMDb and I’ll be honest, they made it sound goofy enough to make me want to watch it.

Millions of people believe in him. Thousands claim to have seen him. But only one man is foolish enough to try to prove his existence. Self-proclaimed “Santologist” Dr. Lloyd Darrow will stop at nothing to take on government conspiracy, corporate suppression and fake mall Santas, all in pursuit of the world’s oldest Yuletide enigma. With emotional (and financial) support from his perplexed wife Barbara, dysfunctional devotion from his needy intern Clarence, and despite growing resentment from his 12-year old son Keith, Lloyd is determined to reveal the truth. It’s an obsession that lands him finding out Santa-linked phenomena such as the hieroglyphics of Egypt, the Roswell crash, and the Town Center Shopping Plaza in Polka City, Ohio (to name a few); and an obsession that just might cost him his family, his sanity, and his self-respect.

Gotta Catch Santa Claus William Shatner 2008

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Last but certainly not least, Shatner voices Santa Claus in the animated movie Gotta Catch Santa Claus, about kids trying to kidnap Santa to prove his existence. This would be a good one for the whole family but perhaps make yourself a drink first. Happy Holidays!

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PUZZLER: Holiday Movies

December 2022

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