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Joel Silver, Elizabeth Banks. John Michael Higgins, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Ludacris, Vince Vaughn,David Dobkia

From left, Producer Joel Silver, actors Elizabeth Banks. John Michael Higgins, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Ludacris, Vince Vaughn, and Director David Dobkin sre seen at the premiere of “Fred Claus” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Saturday Nov. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

To many, the holiday season brings images of curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate, lighting a fire and watching a feel-good Christmas movie with friends and family. If you’re not careful picking the right movie, however, you could find yourself watching the many failed attempts at a Christmas film.

Whether it’s a quintessential hokey Christmas slasher film or the holiday sequel of a sequel of a sequel, these films can turn your cozy tradition into a cringeworthy nightmare.

To help you separate the good from the ho-ho-horrible, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site from Graphiq, ranked the worst Christmas-themed movies of all time. To qualify, movies had to have at least 2,000 IMDb votes. Then, the worst of the worst were ordered based on their Smart Rating. This is a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie’s IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Critic and User rating, Metacritic rating, Gracenote rating and inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. In the case of a tie, the movie with fewer IMDb votes was deemed worse.

These movies are best avoided unless you have a penchant for ridiculously wacky, gory or downright campy Christmas flicks. And be warned: the movie that takes the No. 1 spot has a Smart Rating of less than 10 — a genuine Christmas miracle.

Note: Movie descriptions were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.