The holiday season is now upon us and with it comes a host of promising looking movies. Here is a comprehensive list of what I think will be worth a watch this month:
Krampus – Out Now
Synopsis: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home – IMDB
Why the hype? Not your typical cheery Christmas film, Krampus follows the story of the ancient legend of the anti-St Nicholas, a horned demon that terrorises badly behaved children at Christmas. This horror also has a comedic twist, starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner. Probably best to be good after watching this…
Grandma – 11th December
Synopsis: A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter – IMDB
Why the hype? This comedy drama is being tipped for gold during the awards season with comedienne Lily Tomlin having something to do with that. Director Paul Weitz was also responsible for About A Boy and Admission.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 18th December
Synopsis: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – IMDB
Why the hype? The question doesn’t warrant an answer, you know why.
Sisters – 18th December
Synopsis: Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.
Why the hype? Two of America’s best comedic products team up so surely the outcome can be nothing but hilarious. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have had successful TV careers so far, starring in 30 Rock and Park & Recreation so fingers crossed they do the same on the big screen together.
Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie – 25th December
Synopsis: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
Why the hype? The classic comic strip hits the big screen with the aim of entertaining the younger viewers as well as sparking plenty of nostalgia amongst the older audiences.
Daddy’s Home – 26th December
Synopsis: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Why the hype? Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg partner up on the comedy front again, hopefully repeating the success the pair had in their previous outing together in The Other Guys.
In The Heart Of The Sea – 26th December
Synopsis: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
Why the hype? Apollo 13 director, Ron Howard, has produced some masterpieces down the years and you can expect big things from his latest project. He teams up with Chris Hemsworth again, following the pair’s success with the James Hunt biopic, Rush.
All release dates are UK based