believe now, but once you could count the number of films released at Christmas
on one hand. Not just the films released on or around Christmas Day, but the
wide-release films that came out weeks in advance.
If you were
looking for a new movie in December 1976, for instance, you had a choice
between Silver Streak, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, King Kong and A Star Is
Born. That was your lot, unless you really wanted to take a chance and sit
through The Shaggy D.A.
For some of
us, Christmas has always held more promise than the summer movie-going season.
Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies came out at Christmas, as did Richard
Donner’s Superman, and those are the types of movies that fit the season: epic
fantasy tales that effortlessly whisk us away from the drudgery of Christmas
shopping and bad weather.
often, however, a studio will take leave of its senses and release a massively
inappropriate picture for audiences to enjoy in between bites of turkey.
Scarface was released in December 1983 and it’s difficult to imagine a less
seasonal film than one where a character is dismembered by a chainsaw….unless
it’s Sudden Impact, which opened the same week.
Here are 10 movies it’s difficult to imagine viewers rushing off to see after
tearing open their presents on Christmas morning.