(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we chug some leftover eggnog while unwrapping the sequel to the best and most quotable Christmas movie of all time!)

We’re in the back half of December, and I’m once again visiting DTV sequels to popular Christmas movie favorites. Last time I apparently committed multiple sacrileges by calling out Jingle All the Way‘s mediocrity, suggesting the Larry the Cable Guy-led sequel does a better job with the heart, and then slamming the loud and unfunny National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. (Opinions!) I’m hoping to be a bit less controversial this week by watching the follow-up to 1983’s beloved holiday masterpiece, Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story.

The film got an official sequel in 1994’s It Runs In the Family, and while it features an all-new cast both Clark and writer/creator Jean Shepherd returned. It’s not great, but hey, continuity! 2012’s A Christmas Story 2 doesn’t even have that going for it, though, as new faces fill every role both on and off camera. Is that a bad sign? Probably, but it’s never too late to wish for a Christmas miracle.

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‘A Christmas Story 2’ Trailer: The Lamp is Back

See that “official sequel” stamp in the image above? That’s the mark of quality. There’s now a trailer for that direct to DVD sequel to A Christmas Story, and it proves that capturing the ineffable is just as difficult as we assumed it would be. Almost nothing in this trailer works (save for the Slinky joke) but I’ll suggest you hit the jump and take a look anyway. Read More »

What do you get for the kid who has everything, including a Red Ryder BB Gun? Either a car, or a copy of A Christmas Story 2 on Blu-ray. Yes, whether you like it or not, a sequel to the seminal 1983 film about a young boy named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) who pines for the aforementioned piece of hardware during the holiday season is coming to a store near you.

Directed by Brian Levant,  this movie follows Ralphie years later as he once again decides he has a big ticket item for the Christmas list: a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. Braeden Lemasters plays the lead, Daniel Stern is the dad, Stacey Travis is mom and Valin Shinyei is the brother, Randie. The direct to Blu-ray and DVD film hits on October 30. Read more about the possibly unfortunate release after the jump. Read More »