It's Official - "Die Hard" Is A Christmas Movie

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

December 19, 2018

Gather round children, you're about to hear about the greatest Christmas movie ever made. 

No, it's not the one about a 9-year-old's quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun. It's not the one that has an Angel erase Jimmy Stewart from existence. It's not even the one about three ghosts breaking into a man's house. 

We're talking of course, about "Die Hard."

Every year, people log on to forums across the internet and argue back and forth about whether "Die Hard" (a movie about a man who does everything he can to get home to his kids at the end of the night in order to celebrate the holiday), qualifies as a Christmas movie. Some argue that since the movie is filled with scenes of violence and terrorism, that should immediately disqualifying it as a holiday movie consideration.

But, for many other people around the world, the holiday season doesn't begin until they see Hans Gruber fall from the top floor of Nakatomi Tower (Spoiler alert, but come on, it's a 30-year-old movie).

"Die Hard" is a Christmas movie for many reason (don't worry, we'll get to those in a minute), but for now, the studio who brought you John McClane's first holiday adventure through Nakatomi Tower has gotten in on the fun by re-mixing the trailer into the Christmas movie we always knew that it was. 

In case the trailer doesn't convince you, here are some additional reasons why "Die Hard" is, and always should be, considered a Christmas movie (don't @ me): 

  • The only reason John was in L.A. in the first place was to spend Christmas with his two young kids and try to make up with his ex-wife.
  • The Christmas Party was targeted by terrorists because they knew the building would otherwise be empty. There wouldn't be a big security presence due to the holidays, and the party-goers presented a soft target.
  • It's literally set on Christmas eve.
  • It has one of the best Christmas songs ever produced. Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis
  • Both protagonists and antagonists can't stop making Christmas jokes. For example, Clarence Gilyard Jr's character comes  up with an impromptu "Night Before Christmas" parody as L.A. SWAT members try and take on the terrorists. "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except, those two a**holes coming in two-by-two standard formation."
  • John McClane's wife is named Holly. I mean...
  • And of course, it literally 'snows' at the end.

So, does the new trailer from 20th Century Fox convince you that Die Hard is a Christmas movie? 

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