It’s that time of year again. The holidays are almost upon us, and movie theaters are about to be flooded with uplifting family fare and end-of-the-year award-bait. Surely some of these films will be worth a watch, and I’m sure there will be all sorts of moving, intricately crafted emotional journeys. However, if you’re an avid reader of this site, I would be willing to bet that your tastes run in a slightly different direction.
If you, like me, enjoy movies where things explode, that feature monsters and gore and ample gunfire, and that are generally badass in nature, here is a running list of films that just might help you avoid wasting two hours on a boring snooze fest period piece. You could put that time to good use, like napping, or watching something rad. There’s some action, sci-fi, horror, and weird little creatures on this list, with some revenge thrown in for good measure.
I won’t claim a 100% success rate. Every time I make a list like this, at least one film turns out to be a complete and total turd (like “Skyline” a couple years ago). Most of these, however, should prove to be just what you need to wash away the tedium of holiday specials, generic coming-of-age dramas, and in-laws.