Merry Christmas from us here at Mass Hysteria. We’re certainly in the holiday spirit, and in the spirit of giving, we have decided to give you a gift of the seven movies to look for in the month of December.
Anna and the Apocalypse Dec 7
When Anna and her friends find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse right around Christmas time, they are forced to slash, smash, and sing their way through hordes of the undead. The film looks to blend buckets of blood and gore fun musical numbers in a way that everyone will be able to enjoy. Anna and the Apocalypse may be the most unique movie releasing this year, and that right there should be enough to get people in the theater. Its premise alone has attracted a lot of attention, and critics have almost unanimously praised the film for its originality. Zombie fans or anyone else looking for an offbeat, irreverent Christmas movie should most definitely see Anna and the Apocalypse when it opens over the weekend.
Once Upon a Deadpool Dec 12
Once Upon a Deadpool is a PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 that includes new footage and re-cut scenes that enable the hard R anti-hero film to be converted to a PG-13 rating for more families to enjoy. The film takes its premise from Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride in the sense of how its story is told. Deadpool reads the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 to now adult Fred Savage who played the grandson who is originally read The Princess Bride in the original movie. While it’s not a real sequel, Once Upon a Deadpool still has a lot to offer. Marvel fans will be treated to a new cut of the film with all new footage shot just for this new release, and hopefully parents will take their kids to this version of the film if they’ve robbed them of the opportunity to see Deadpool 2 before now. This venture is also a very obvious “testing of the waters” for Fox (soon to be acquired by Marvel) of being able to successfully tone down Deadpool in order to make the character accessible to a wider audience as well as available to make appearances in other Marvel movies.
The Mule Dec 14
The Mule tells the story of a man in his 80’s who unwittingly becomes a drug runner for the Mexican drug cartel and ends up being extremely successful. But as his cargo increases, so does the attention of the DEA. Directed by Clint Eastwood, The Mule looks to be an intense and intriguing look into one of the most disregarded parts of the drug trade. Eastwood looks great in the lead and his supporting castmates of Bradley Cooper and Michael Peña only further bolster the film’s roster.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Dec 14
Miles Morales (the one and only Spider-Man) stumbles across the realization that there are several other universes similar to his, all with their own Spider-Man. When they all collide, they realize they must team up to stop a threat to all of their homes. Adapted from the classic comic by Dan Slott and written/directed by the dynamic duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Into the Spider-Verse looks to build an original, funny, and well-animated film from its fantastical source material. Knowing that Lord and Miller are at the helm and going off of early reviews, the film looks like a surefire hit that fans of all ages can enjoy.
Mary Poppins Returns Dec 19
The long-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns sees the magical nanny revisit the Banks family long after her first visit. Hopefully, Disney waited so long on this film because they were taking the time to get it right. Emily Blunt is cast perfectly in the lead and Dick Van is reprising his role from the previous film, this time as Mr. Dawes Jr. The addition of Lin Manuel Miranda also looks to be a great choice as Disney attempts to bring the classic tale to an entirely new audience while at the same time enchanting all those it did with the original.
Aquaman Dec 21
The sixth film in the Warner Bros. DCEU, Aquaman is the first feature film adaptation of the iconic DC Comics superhero. Fans got their first taste of Jason Mamoa as the titular hero in 2017’s Justice League. And while the reception to that film wasn’t what Warner Bros. were hoping for, fans were generally happy with Mamoa’s portrayal of the King of Atlantis, and the hype surrounding his solo outing has been building for months. Directed by famed horror director James Wan, Aquaman will hopefully learn from its predecessors mistakes and again try to breathe new life into its universe like 2017’s Wonder Woman. James Wan will undoubtedly bring his own personal style to the project as Aquaman looks to be the most unique and universally accessible movie in the DCEU.
Vice Dec 25
The Dick Cheney biopic tells the story of Cheney’s time as Vice President under George W. Bush. Christian Bale’s stunning transformation for lead role is apparent, and is obviously a home run casting. Sam Rockwell also seems to be well cast in the role of Bush in the latest film written and directed by Adam McKay. The overtly political setting coupled with McKay’s signature style comedic writing and direction as well as great casting choices look to make a great combination. While Vice won’t be released worldwide until December 25th, the film has already generated Oscar buzz and should be on top of everyone’s viewing list this month.