Carrie Underwood Weighs in on The Classic Holiday Debate: Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas Movie?

by Katie Maloney

Can we all agree that “yippee ki-yay” is a festive holiday greeting? Here’s what Carrie Underwood thinks about the movie Die Hard.

It’s been one of the hottest holiday debates for the last few years. No, it’s not about what you should get grandma for Christmas, or whether you should bake a dessert for dinner or just secretly buy cookies from the local bakery. No, this debate is far more significant and even more heated than it’s fellow holiday quandaries. This debate is about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. So, what do you think? Is the 1988 film starring action hero Bruce Willis a holiday movie?

Country music star Carrie Underwood says it is. During an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Underwood revealed that Die Hard is on her list of favorite holiday movies.

“I also consider Die Hard a Christmas movie,” says Underwood. To which Clarkson excitedly replies, “Oh my gosh, I love all the Die Hard movies! And it’s at Christmas time – the party. It counts.” Underwood agrees, “It’s a Christmas movie.”

To that, Carrie Underwood, we can only say, “Welcome to the party, pal!”

Carrie Underwood says Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Carrie Underwood Isn’t The Only Fan Of Die Hard During Christmas

Those who argue that the iconic action film is not a Christmas movie usually point to the number of deaths (10) in the film as the main reason why it cannot qualify as a holiday movie. However, the film’s writer, Steven E de Souza, quickly debunks that myth during an interview. Souza says that the casualties in the (never debated) Christmas classic, White Christmas, far exceed that of Die Hard.

“Some people say to me Die Hard can’t be a Christmas movie because you kill people… and I say was Ellis killed? Yes,” says Souza. “We don’t see Ellis killed. He’s off-camera, does that still count? Do off-camera deaths count? Yes,” he continues. “Well, if we’re counting Ellis… now that you, my skeptic about Die Hard being a Christmas movie, admit that off-camera deaths count. The body count in White Christmas is 26,128 people in the Battle of the Bulge, the opening scene in the movie,” says Souza.

Additionally, according to a press release from DISH Network, 1.3 million Americans watched Die Hard on Christmas Eve in 2016. That beat traditional holiday favorites Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Santa Clause.

In conclusion, the people have spoken. Die Hard is, in fact, an action-packed Christmas movie. And “if this is their idea of Christmas, [we] gotta be here for New Year’s!”