Here comes Santa Hans, here comes Santa Hans, right toward Santa McClane! With serious apologies to Gene Autry, we check in on what some call the Ultimate Christmas Movie, Die Hard, which is celebrating 30 years of spreading holiday cheer, and spatter.
Now Fox has gone and done a holiday-themed recut of the trailer for the film that made movie stars of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman — the former as the anything-goes cop who foils a Christmas Eve heist by the latter and his evil minions. Check it out above.
It’s a promo for a new “Christmas Edition” Blu-ray and digital release for the film that continues to stir debate about whether it’s realy a “Christmas movie.” You’re worried about politics or religion being discussed at your family’s dinner table this year? Humbug! Just beware of Grandpa challenging Uncle Fred on whether John McTiernan’s action classic deserves a mention alongside It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street or even Bad Santa.
Meanwhile, IFC is hoping to put that arugment to rest with a daylong marathon of Die Hard movies on Christmas Day. Airing the original, 1995’s Die Hard with a Vengeance and 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, the cable channel’s event will be hosted by Reginald VelJohnson, who played Al Powell — the Twinkie-chomping LAPD sergeant who secretly communicated with Willis’ John McClane from outside Nakatome Plaza in the first film and also worked with him in the first sequel.