Watch The Wonderfully Odd Trailer For Post-Apocalyptic Romance Crumbs

Here's hoping Crumbs, a scifi romance shot in an Ethiopian ghost town by Spanish writer-director Miguel Llanso, gets wider exposure after its Rotterdam Film Festival debut last week. Check out the trailer; there's a UFO, a haunted bowling alley, a crazy Santa Claus, and space junk. For starters. » 2/11/15 6:00pm 2/11/15 6:00pm

Doctor Who Offers Us A Joyous Celebration Of Reusing Old Story Ideas

Doctor Who's head writer, Steven Moffat, has sometimes been accused of having a few main story ideas that he trots out again and again. Today's Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas," feels like a hilarious, spirited defense: A story made entirely out of old stories, which just has fun with it. Spoilers… » 12/25/14 7:00pm 12/25/14 7:00pm

Science Shows Why Reindeer Are Perfect Sleigh Pullers

On the latest episode of It's Okay To Be Smart, host Joe Hanson delves into the science behind a number of Christmas-related science quandaries. Including: Why do the lights always tangle? What's makes reindeers noses red? And what could let Santa visit every child in one night? » 12/23/14 9:00pm 12/23/14 9:00pm

At Christmas, this town builds a Giant Yule goat and then torches it

We all celebrate the holidays in our ways. Some of us with friends and family, some of us with food and drink, and, in a small town in Sweden, with constructing a 40-foot tall Yule Goat out of straw and then burning it the ground. » 12/17/13 4:30pm 12/17/13 4:30pm

​11 Insane Things You Didn't Know About Santa Claus

Santa Claus might be a right jolly old elf, but he's a jolly old elf with a bizarre past. St. Nicholas. Sinterklaas. Odin. Santa Claus has used all of these pseudonyms at one point or another, and committed acts so bizarre that the fact Santa has an army of indentured elf servants making all his toys seem normal by… » 12/17/13 10:30am 12/17/13 10:30am

Watch the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus go to war in the Rise of the…

Alec Baldwin plays a tattooed Santa Claus, who must team up with other bad ass "guardians" of the world (including Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny) to fight the fear that's destroying the children of the world. It's the trailer for the epically ridiculous Rise of the Guardians CG animated movie. But it's kind of… » 3/28/12 2:28pm 3/28/12 2:28pm

Neil Gaiman's morbid 1989 Christmas card gets transformed into a pop-up…

IN 1989, Neil Gaiman and Sandman artist David McKean collaborated on a 100-word Christmas card story titled "Nicholas Was." Since then, this story has been transformed into a short animated feature and this hyper-detailed pop-up book by Vimeo crafter Nomsa. Here's the full text of the story: » 12/24/11 1:00pm 12/24/11 1:00pm

10 More Deranged Depictions of Santa Claus

We've seen plenty of proper screwball depictions of Kris Kringle previously, but history is ripe with examples of magical pensioners who trespass down strangers' flues. Here are 10 of the more egregious examples to throw on this Yuletide bonfire of weirdness. » 11/30/11 10:50am 11/30/11 10:50am

James McAvoy explains why we all have secret Daddy issues with Santa…

Santa Claus. He's rather like the parent we eventually shipped off the the old folks' home after we became tired of all the loud and annoying antics. But that's not how it should be! Discovering the flaws of your loved ones should bring you together, not tear you apart — at least that's the message of Aardman… » 11/21/11 5:08pm 11/21/11 5:08pm

5 clips from Arthur Christmas will awaken your cold, black heart

Believe it or not, the latest addition to the Christmas movie genre, Arthur Christmas, is kind of fun. When we caught a sneak peek, we were impressed with how this Aardman Animations film plays with the mythology of Santa Claus, and turned the reign of Claus into into a bit of a monarchy. » 11/08/11 10:40am 11/08/11 10:40am

Watch Santa's elves fight a polar bear in the trailer for Aardman…

Santa's Secret Ops team provokes a Polar Bear in the trailer for Arthur Christmas, the movie about Santa's idiot son from the makers of Wallace and Gromit. » 7/12/11 4:30pm 7/12/11 4:30pm

How the megalomaniacal cat-in-a-tree stole Christmas

Each year, Scratch Fury (Destroyer of Worlds), the pink genius cat of Scott Kurtz's webcomic PvP tries to defeat Santa and learn all his Christmas secrets. This year, the only person who can save Christmas is the meme-powered superhero Lolbat. » 12/25/10 9:30am 12/25/10 9:30am

The many science fiction explanations for Santa Claus

The notion that an immortal toymaker circumnavigates the planet every December 24 using nothing but caribou defies all logic, but Anassa Rhenisch of Science In My Fiction is determined to make St. Nick make sense. Maybe he uses ion shields? » 12/25/10 7:00am 12/25/10 7:00am

Neil Gaiman reveals Santa Claus' eternal torment and torture in poetry

Watch this eerie video retelling of Neil Gaiman's holiday poem "Nicholas Was..." You know it's going to be a very Gaiman holiday when the first stanza talks about Santa's desire to die. » 12/22/10 10:16am 12/22/10 10:16am

Werner Herzog turns "Twas The Night Before Christmas" into a tale of…

What would happen if the famously grizzled German director Werner Herzog was allowed to reinterpret the legend of Santa Claus? You would get a consciousness-shattering tale of an omniscient dwarf who judges us from afar, tabulating our sins. » 12/20/10 8:30am 12/20/10 8:30am

Santa Claus is the Ultimate Cryptozoological Nightmare

Children the world over look forward to their annual visit from Father Christmas, but what if the secret behind Santa Claus was actually something sinister? In the film Rare Exports, we will learn Santa Claus' terrifying cryptozoological origins. » 12/08/09 6:30am 12/08/09 6:30am

The Doctor Flies His TARDIS Through a Winter Wonderland

Jonesing for more Doctor Who? While you're waiting for this year's Christmas special, this BBC station identification offers a super brief adventure with the Doctor, involving the TARDIS, a snow drift, and a team of tiny reindeer. » 12/04/09 12:00pm 12/04/09 12:00pm

Have Yourself a Post-Apocalyptic Christmas

The world may be under attack and humanity on the verge of extinction, but people will still find a way to celebrate the holidays. We explain how you’ll celebrate Christmas at the end of the world. » 12/22/08 2:12pm 12/22/08 2:12pm