Gift guides aren't one size fits all! The loved ones (and casual acquaintances) that you're shopping for have their own personalities and desires and they won't be impressed by the standard recommendations like candles or ties. For those very unique people, the team at Shout! Factory has compiled movie and television suggestions that fit the bill.
The “Uncle” Who Refers To Beer As ‘Colorado Kool-Aid’
Sure, Uncle Kenny may not be a blood relative – just some guy your dad used to work with before you were born – but that hasn’t stopped him from being invited to Christmas dinner every year.
His presence is always welcome, even if his noogies are a little too rough and the stories of his ex-wives are questionable at best.
But what do you get the man with the unplaceable twang, who wears Wrangler jeans and refers to beer as Colorado Kool-Aid? Why, you get him The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979 and The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Christmas Specials.
True, in doing so, you will be forced to endure his “Now this, THIS is music” rant, the one where he derides all the bands you listen to.
But it will all be worth it when you see that sparkle in his eyes, that wide grin stretched across his leathery face.
The best part: they’re DVDs. Because you know he definitely doesn’t own a Blu-ray player.
Happy Holidays, Uncle Kenny.
Your Friend Who Is Definitely In A Cult (Probably Not For The First Time)
Your open-minded friend Amanda has joined a cult. It’s couched in language about wellness and bettering yourself, but seminars are $400 and you’re supposed to bring 5 friends – prime cult behavior. The real problem is that you’re now being asked to go to join in on the experience on your free Saturday.
The movies you recommend can send a very clear message – something you put on to keep kids occupied will be different than what you might gift to someone you have a crush on. So send Amanda a clear message with a thoughtful care package of Deadly Blessing, Bad Dreams, and The Devil Rides Out.
Suggest you watch these movies together! As a spider is dropped into Sharon Stone’s mouth in Deadly Blessing, maybe point out, “How crazy would it be to join a bunch of weirdos at a farmhouse and then suddenly you’re swallowing more than your allotted 8 spiders a year… that’d suck, huh?” Then, so as not to make your ploy too obvious, follow it up with “That was a real spider!!!” because everyone loves IMDb trivia being recited as they watch a film for the first time.
Our double feature of Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours includes two 80s thrillers for the price of one, and you’ll find Bad Dreams particularly compelling as Jennifer Rubin uncovers the cult activity that sent her into a 13-year coma.
Maybe Amanda is a classic horror fan or a Hammer Films aficionado and she’ll respond best to The Devil Rides Out, starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favorite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley. The debonair Duc de Richleau has been entrusted with the care of his deceased friend's son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil's disciples. You are the Christopher Lee of your own story, so do what you can to help!
Your Gen-Z Niece Who’d Empty Her College Fund For Nosebleed Seats To A Harry Styles Concert
By now, you’re probably tired of hearing your teenage niece gush about that chic British crooner with coiffed hair and the edgy tattoos of a boy band frontman desperate to shed his image. After all, his affable smirk is plastered on every Instagram Reel, Spotify playlist, and movie poster from here to Zimbabwe. He can definitely sing – but has Harry Styles ever vanquished a bloodthirsty horde of killer insects with a flamethrower? Not in a million years.
This holiday season, give your niece the gift of cultural education with our SteelBook release of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The Lonely Island mockumentary is a merciless deconstruction of the pop icon mystique with untold depths of irreverence and surprising celebrity cameos. It’s an outrageous spin on the all-access pass to the stars our culture just can’t seem to get enough of. She’ll not only thank you, she’ll be hitting the Donkey Roll on TikTok in no time.
Your Sibling Who Is Expecting His Or Her First Child
Admit it, no gift that you could give can fully prepare a loved one for the sheer Cronenbergian body-horror of gestation better than, well, a David Cronenberg body-horror film. And since you care enough to give the very best, The Fly (1986) remains the highlight of Scream Factory’s fantastic and comprehensive The Fly Collection, a boxed set which showcases the full continuum of the icky franchise while being loaded with fascinating extras, great-looking masters, and gorgeous slipcase art.
Want the gift to keep on giving? Expecting parents will doubtless learn tons about what NOT to do from William Friedkin’s woefully overlooked The Guardian. Spoilers: DON’T hire a tree-worshipping, baby-sacrificing Druid-witch as your nanny.
Your Gramps Who Complains “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To!”
When we’re not too busy releasing the best in recent pop culture gems, Shout! Factory is dropping select nuggets from the Golden Age that you might have missed. The next time you hear curmudgeonly clamoring for classical Hollywood cinema, reach for This Gun For Hire, a charming 1942 crime tale starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Or maybe Criss Cross, an icy film noir with Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo. And if Gramps is particularly annoyed that every new release now is, like, 2 hours and 25 minutes long, 1932’s Murders In The Rue Morgue, a fantastic Universal horror picture based on Edgar Allan Poe and starring Bela Lugosi hot off his stint as Dracula, weighs in at only 61 minutes. Truly, they don't make ‘em like they used to.
Your Millennial Cousin Dave Who Love Nostalgia
Internet listicles have probably made most of their money from reminding readers what ‘90s kids liked, and your cousin Dave shares every single one on his Facebook. You are going to summit the Aggro Crag of holiday gifting if you get him something that taps into the joy of Saturday morning cartoons, so how about sending him Nickelodeon classics like The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: The Complete Series, or the stocking stuffer Keepin’ It Nick, which has episodes from multiple Nickelodeon series. For someone who prefers live-action, Hey Dude: The Complete Series will let Dave visit the Bar None Ranch anytime. Nick, nick, nick, nick, na-nick, nick, nick.
Your Sister’s Boyfriend Who Loves Crypto
You’re sick of being asked to put money into something that is named a series of consonants, so why not help this crypto bro discover a new passion? Demonstrate other professions where he can make quick cash while getting a thrill through the Ice Cube and Mike Epps comedy All About The Benjamins, about a bounty hunter, a hustler, and a group of diamond thieves all looking to score. Two For The Money explores the high-stakes world of sports betting, where fortunes can be made or lost with a flip of a coin, and Matthew McConaughey becomes the protégé of gambling pro Al Pacino. If the boyfriend is willing to put on a diamond bikini and head into international waters in search of a score, he may enjoy Femme Fatale, which involves a $10-million diamond rip-off, a stolen identity, and a new life married to a diplomat. All of it seems easier than figuring out how to buy a Bitcoin!
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