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Don't spill water on him! (You may damage the plush) | Photo courtesy of lemonfridge via flickr

Now that those goody-goody holiday bills of It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story have lain down all snug in their beds, it's time for a real holiday party: Gremlins, gore & Bill Murray. For an even creepier Christmas, the Cinefamily presents "Mondo Xmas", collecting Christmas Evil (John Waters' favorite holiday film), its writer/director Lewis Jackson, a series of outtakes screening for the first (and last) time, aborted animations, quirky commercials & all sorts of odds & sods. The New Beverly's got more seasonal slashing on tap with New Year's Evil, their midnight movie this Saturday. It's got punk rockers, creepy phone calls and it's unavailable on DVD. Sold.

Equally rare, and disproportionately classier, are the Paul Newman obscurities & classics billed at the Egyptian. Golden-age curmudgeon W.C. Fields lights up the screen across town at the Aero, and if your New Year's party has dinosaurs, alien virii, or Peter Sellers, you'll know you've gone to heaven too. If you'd rather pay tribute to a living legend, the Arclight has Dustin Hoffman in-person for his latest, Last Chance Harvey. It probably doesn't have avian lawyers, schizophrenic DA's or giant bunnies, but no movie's perfect.

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Full list appears after the jump. See you at the movies!