It’s been a while since there’s been a good horror-themed Christmas (even though this particular writer enjoyed the 2006 remake of “Black Christmas”). This year, filmmaker Michael Dougherty’s follow-up to his outstanding anthology film “Trick R’ Treat” is a movie about a boy who inadvertently summons a Christmas demon to his family home after having a bad Christmas. This won’t be as bloody as “Trick R’ Treat” since this film is PG-13, but there is some good support in the cast including Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”) and David Koechner (“Anchorman”) that should make “Krampus” an interesting film to behold.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
This is THE most anticipated movie of the year as new and old faces resurface with the continuation of the “Star Wars” saga, which put this movie’s timeline 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” There is really not much more plot information to reveal, but you can get the feeling from the first two trailers that director J.J. Abrams has a humongous hit on his hands. The resurgence of the “Star Wars” franchise will still continue as there will be more films in the canon including Episode VIII (directed by “Looper” filmmaker Rian Johnson), Episode IX (directed by “Jurrasic World” filmmaker Colin Trevorrow) and next year’s “Rogue One” (directed by “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards).
“The Hateful Eight”
Quentin Tarantino made his first Western with “Django Unchained” which is one of the best films of the decade that features the likes of Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. For his second Western outing, Tarantino gets a brand new cast with the exception of Samuel L. Jackson that includes Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, along with having legendary composer Ennio Morricone work on the film’s score. Tarantino also decided to shoot his eighth film in the Ultra Panavision 70 process (aka 70mm). The story is set in post-Civil War Wyoming where eight strangers find themselves isolated with one another in cabin during a blizzard, but they soon find out that they are connected more ways then one.
Filmmaker David O. Russell reunites with Academy Award-winners Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, along with Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper to tell a story about a family across four generations centered on a girl (Lawrence) who becomes a woman who founds a business dynasty. There are not not much details to be found in the vague plot description of the movie, but this looks to be another award-winner performance from Lawrence that could get her another trip to the Oscar ceremony in 2016.
Alejandro González Iñárritu looks to repeats the same success he had with “Birdman” (winning him Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture) with the film adaptation of Michael Punke’s novel. There is no doubt that Leonardo DiCaprio is aiming to win his first Oscar by any means necessary as he plays a frontiersman who is left for dead after a bear attack and seeks vengeance on the people responsible. From the looks of the trailer, “The Revenant” seems like a dark and gritty Western and a potential top contender at next year’s Academy Awards.