Welcome to the week before Christmas. Isn’t it grand? It’s especially so when we hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when we’re on hold with the credit card company who is wondering why we maxed out our Amex buying the “Portlandia” DVD for everyone in our apartment building. (The answer: Duh. It’s great!) To help cheer ourselves up we’re drinking yule glogg, mulled wine, and wassail (whatever that is) and watching a whole bunch of television.
Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:
We’re making you go to summer camp in December without that freezing cold run to the outhouse and, hopefully, better food. That’s right everyone’s favorite comedy “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Watch Bill Murray dole out sage advice as a camp counselor in this Ivan Reitman classic.
Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho.” Watching Christian Bale slice, dice, smother, scatter, and chunk his victims just gives meaning to the season, you know? So gather your family around the warming blue glow, pour some wassail, and revel in the holiday cheer at 10 p.m. ET.
Is being snowbound and trapped with your family starting to get to you a little bit? Jack Nicholson totally gets it. And so do we, which is why we’re showing “The Shining” at 11 p.m. ET. The more you watch the movie, the more you realize that your family ain’t so bad. So long as Uncle Murray hasn’t started typing feverishly, Little Jimmy isn’t talking to his finger, and ghostly twins aren’t haunting the upstairs rumpus room, you’re doing a-okay.
Want to see something scary? Of course you do, it’s Friday after all and Friday Night Frights are a long-standing IFC tradition. So tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for something really scary. Specifically, “Scary Movie.” The title says it all.
It’s Christmas Eve, which means children around the world are keeping their eyes peeled for a fat man in a red suit to break into their homes and leave them presents. What better time to show “The Hunt for Red October”? Alec Baldwin will show that Santa Claus lookin’-mofo Sean Connery whose the boss for sure. The hunt begins at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Merry Christmas, if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, we have “Freaks and Geeks” all morning and “Malcolm in the Middle” all day and into the night time too. Yet another opportunity to spend time with a family even crazier than yours.