Originally supposed to hit theaters in August of this year, Universal quietly removed Spectral from it’s lineup without so much as a poster or trailer but now Netflix has swooped in to release this strange horror/action hybrid. Starring James Badge Dale, Bruce Greenwood, Max Martini, Clayne Crawford and Emily Mortimer, it follows a special ops team sent into a European city that is overrun by strange supernatural creatures that kills them on contact. Badge Dale is an engineer brought in to try and figure out what they’re up against and how to stop them. It seems like they eventually the develop some sort of energy weapons and things get crazy as they battle these evil spirits. The movie will hit Netflix streaming on December 9th and you can check out the trailer below.
We’re big fans of Patrick Wilson here at Everything Action because of, if nothing else, his willingness to jump between genres like horror with the Insidious and Conjuring movies, action with The A-Team and Stretch and coming up in December, he’ll be starring in the crime drama genre with A Kind of Murder. Wilson plays Walter Stackhouse, a successful architect in the 60’s in a somewhat unhappy marriage who has an affair with a woman, Ellie (Haley Bennett), which doesn’t work out great when his wife Clara (Jessica Biel) is murdered and he’s the prime suspect. The era, adultry and unhappy marriages brings to mind Mad Men and the comparison is helped by Pete Campbell himself, Vincent Kartheiser, being the main detective on Clara’s case. TV director Andy Goddard, who directed episodes of Daredevil, Downton Abbey, Outcasts and Law & Order UK directs and it’s out in theaters, iTunes and On Demand on December 16th, check out the trailer below.
On top of possibly becoming an honorary Russian and being the new spokesman for World of Warships, Steven Seagal is still cranking out movies and the latest is arriving in December. Contract to Kill finds Seagal as Harmon, a CIA AND DEA agent who is tasked with stopping a group of terrorists who are planning on using the drug smuggling routes of the Mexican cartels to smuggle a nuke into the United States. Teamed up with an FBI agent and a tech expert, Harmon will take down everyone in his path. It looks slightly better than some of the absolute dreck Seagal was putting out a few years ago, like Attack Force, but we’re still nowhere near the heyday of the Aikido master. Contract to Kill is out on December 9th in limited theaters and On Demand and you can check out the trailer below.
The Blumhouse horror train rolls on in December when their latest demon filled movie, Incarnate arrives, but with a slight twist on the genre. Aaron Eckhart stars as Dr. Seth Ember, who used to battle demons with science until one killed his wife and daughter but he’s called back into action when a young boy, played by Lil Bruce Wayne David Mazouz, becomes possessed by what appears to be the same demon. Unlike the Catholic exorcism methods (which have failed to help Mazouz up to this point), Dr. Ember uses Inception style technology to battle the demons in the world of the mind. Carice Van Houten aka Melisandre from Game of Thrones is a part of Dr. Ember’s team as well as Arrow’s Ra’s Al Ghul Matt Nable and Brad Peyton, who has mostly does comedies and action starring The Rock like Journey 2, directs. WWE Films is also co-producing with Blumhouse, although I didn’t recognize any wrestlers in the trailer but feel free to let us know if there is someone from the WWE in the movie. This movie looks like it’s either going to be a fun new twist on the demonic possession movie or a hilarious disaster and we’ll find out when it hits theaters on December 2nd, check out the trailer below.
Hopefully breaking the trend of terrible video game movies, Assassin’s Creed arrives just before Christmas in December with the backing of Ubisoft and one of the best actors in the world, Michael Fassbender, in the lead. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a prisoner who is taken by the mysterious Abstergo Corporation to enter their device called the Animus to relive past events experienced by his ancestor, Aguilar, during the Spanish Inquistion. Justin Kurzel, who directed Fassbender in the most recent big screen adaptation of Macbeth, is directing this and Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed and Michael K. Williams co-star. The action looks like it will capture the parkour of the games and hopefully the story matches up to the action and the level of the actors involved. The movie is out on December 21st and you can check out the new trailer below.
Amazon’s alternate history drama The Man in the High Castle is back in December for more intrigue in a world where America lost World War II and Nazi Germany and Japan control the world. Things seem to be getting even more tense between Germany and Japan in the second season, as Japan was ready to possibly go to war again when their Crown Prince was shot by a Nazi sniper in the first season and our protagonists Julianna (Alexa Davalos), Frank (Rupert Evans) and Joe (Luke Kleintank) are caught in dangerous positions between them. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the mysterious film reels made by the titular character, which seem to be from our reality, and we’ll most likely see more from this strange alternate world, especially Berlin, as Joe is forced to head back to the Fatherland by Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith (Rufus Sewell). The second season will be available on December 16th on Amazon Instant Video and you can check out the trailer below.
On top of all of his directing and producing, Guillermo Del Toro also somehow has time to write or co-write books as well, like The Strain series and also the YA book Trollhunters, which is coming to Netflix as a new series in December. Starring the late Anton Yelchin in one of his last roles, the show follows Jim Lake Jr., a typical teen who discovers a mysterious and powerful amulet that makes him the guardian of both the human and troll worlds. Jim has to train to defend both worlds from an evil troll and his army while balancing his regular life at school and home. Kelsey Grammar, Ron Perlman, Charlie Sexton, Steven Yeun, Tom Hiddleston, Jonathan Hyde and even GDT himself lend their voices and the animation style is in the vein of other recent Dreamworks releases like How to Train Your Dragon. The entire series is streaming right in time for Christmas on December 23rd and you can check out the trailer below.
Matthew McConaughey was not screwing around getting into his character of Kenny Wells for Gold, gaining 40 pounds and shaving his head into a very unfortunate bald crown but it could pay off, as Gold could be one of the big Oscar contenders later this year. Based on a true story, Kenny Wells is a down on his luck prospector who believes there’s a massive amount of untapped gold in Indonesia. Basically betting it all on one dig site, he teams with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) and they hit the motherlode, a vein of gold worth an estimated $18 billion. Wells’ mining company hits the stratosphere but he has to deal with executives and Wall Street investors who want a piece of his company and the Indonesian government that may want to take the mine for themselves. Bryce Dallas Howard and Corey Stoll co-star and it’s directed by Stephen Gaghan, who directed Traffic and Syriana, although this looks a little bit lighter than either of those films. It’s out on Christmas Day and you can check out the trailer below.