"Worse? How could things get any worse? Take a look around here, Ellen. We're at the threshold of hell!" That's something most people don't typically say during the holidays! When things took a turn for the worse, Clark Griswold let out all of his frustration with this quote. Christmas with the Griswolds featured mishap after mishap, from problems with the Christmas tree and lights to Cousin Eddie's unexpected arrival.
The National Lampoon movies always give us endless comedy and then pull at our heartstrings, just to bring back all of the laughs once again. This movie was no exception. Did you know that "Christmas Vacation" ends on Christmas Eve? Imagine how much fun and sentimentality Christmas Day with the Griswolds would have brought!
It wasn't long before "Christmas Vacation" became an instant holiday classic; it debuted at number 2 at the box office when it was released in 1989. Do you know which actor was very talented with ad-libs? It was Chevy Chase! No rehearsals were done for "Christmas Vacation."
One signature component of most National Lampoon movies is the song "Holiday Road." "Christmas Vacation" is an exception to this, as it has its own music. Do you know what this movie has that is different from the rest of the National Lampoon franchise? A sequel! "Christmas Vacation 2" was all about Cousin Eddie and his family, as they ventured out to a tropical island.
"Christmas Vacation" is a classic comedy that will be remembered for a long time. If you think you know how the Griswolds spent their holidays, take this quiz to receive your present – a great score!
He uses a staple gun to hang lights on his house.
He wears a hockey goalie mask which makes him look like Jason from the movie Friday the 13th.
A Squirrel jumps out of the tree and gets chased by Cousin Eddie's dog throughout the house.
Todd was played by Nicholas Guest and Margo was played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Rusty rattles off numerous excuses for why he can't help double check the light bulbs but helping his sister isn't one of them.
And this here's our pride and joy, Snots… We named him that cause he's got this sinus condition. - Cousin Eddie
Falls in a well, her eyes go crossed. She gets kicked by a mule, they go back to normal. - Cousin Eddie
Don't worry about it Clark, a little tree water aint going to hurt him. Before we left he drank a half quart of Pennzoil. Boy when he lifted his leg the next morning.. - Cousin Eddie
Aunt Bethany gift wraps a Jello mold that was leaking and her cat that was meowing.
But don't you go falling in love with it now (His RV) cause we're taking it with us when we leave next month - Cousin Eddie
Ooh the Crunch Enhancer? Yeah, it's a non-nutritive cereal varnish. It's semi-permeable, it's not osmotic, what it does is it coats and seals the flake and prevents the milk from penetrating it. - Clark Griswold
Cousin Eddie kidnaps his boss and puts a red bow on him for Clark.
It uses up all 9 lives when it chews through a Christmas light strand and gets electrocuted.
The car gets cutoff, they drive under a trailer of logs, and when they pull out from under the trailer, they hit a snow bank and catch flight, landing in the parking lot for their destination. They don't get a flat tire.
She can't feel her hips, legs, and her toes go numb while hiking to the Griswold family Christmas tree.
Clark's coffee mug is in the shape of The Tasmanian Devil.
Clark is standing in front of a mirror trying on his Santa beard.
250 strands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights - Clark Griswold
Frances finds the source of the cold draft to be the attic ladder and closes it on Clark.
When they are trying to figure out why the Christmas lights aren't working she calls him Sparky.
He finally stops in front of Wal-Mart after sledding out of control.
Clark wears a Chicago Bears hat in the movie.
She recites "The Pledge of Allegience" as the blessing.
Cousin Eddie crushes a pack of light bulbs with a large bag of Ol'Roy Walmart brand dog food.
I'm going to catch it in a coat and smack it with a hammer - Clark Griswold
They sing both "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Deck the Halls" while driving in their car.
Rusty is watching "It's A Wonderful Life" before the relatives arrive.
It's ironically a Dodge truck as Clark has to dodge the truck from hitting his station wagon.
Lots of things happen to poor Santa but being run over by his reindeer isn't one of them.
Clark says "I did it". (Roll credits)