Is it your least favorite time of the year right now? Are you over all of the holiday decorations, office parties, Secret (and not-so-secret) Santa exchanges and the rush of mass consumerism that engulfs the country at the end of December? If you currently feel like shouting “BAH, HUMBUG!” from snow-covered rooftops and the last thing you want to do is watch another Christmas classic, here are 5 movies that are about as opposite as you can get from anything having to do with snowmen, flying reindeer or holiday cheer.
It: Chapter Two: Pennywise the Dancing Clown is back to his old evil ways after a 27-year hiatus, and the members of the (now grown) Losers Club reunite in Derry to try and put an end to the madness once and for all. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Isaiah Mustafa star as adult versions of the kids from the original, and Bill Skarsgård is once again freaking us all out as Pennywise. It ain’t right!
Hustlers: See what all the fuss over J.Lo’s performance is in this crime drama that’s inspired by the true story about a group of strippers who drugged and then stole from Wall Street high-flyers after the 2008 financial crisis. It’s the feel-good surprise hit of the season!
Good Boys: While other kids are worried about the Elf on the Shelf reporting their bad deeds to Santa, this trio of foul-mouthed tweens — played by Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon — are most concerned about how to sneak their way into their first “kissing party.”
Ready or Not: What would you do if you realized that your new husband’s entire family was trying to kill you on your wedding night? That’s the situation Grace (Samara Weaving) finds herself facing in this bloody black comedy, and — much to the audience’s entertainment and delight — decides to fight back. It’s a twist on the typical slasher flick, and it actually has a message!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Based on the popular children’s book series, I personally think this one is in no way for kids — but then again, I’m a huge wimp. It brings to life tales of horror that have been passed down through the generations and may or may not all have a connection. If you’re looking for something to take away visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, this is the movie for you.
To all the Scrooges out there, good luck getting through the next few weeks!