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Netflix has released the official trailer for Rebirth only a few days before its global release on the streaming service. The psychological thriller is written and directed by Karl Mueller (Mr. Jones) and follows Kyle (Fran Kranz), a man numbed by his 9-5 lifestyle, until his old friend Zack (Adam Goldberg) unexpectedly arrives to shatter his routine. Check out the trailer here…
Get up. Go to work. Come home, dinner, bed, do it all again. That’s life, every day, every year, until you die — unless you’ve got what it takes to be reborn. Rebirth gives a new lease on life, but only if you’re willing to pay the price.
A twisted psychological thriller from writer/director Karl Mueller (Mr. Jones) and producer Ross Dinerstein (The Pact, The Nightmare). Long-lost buddy Zack gets suburban dad Kyle on a bus to a Rebirth seminar, sending him down a rabbit hole of psychodrama, »
- Matthew Lee
What Lies Beneath
Carnival of Souls
7 and above.
You showed real spirit
0 and above.
You never stood a ghost of a chance
4 and above.
That was a bust
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- Benjamin Lee
Nicholas McCarthy is one of the most unique filmmakers working in the horror genre today. While a lot of directors focus on how flashy and fast-paced they’re able to make their genre films, McCarthy’s films (The Pact and one of my all time faves, At The Devil’S Door) have always felt like they’d be better suited in the ’70s, giving genre fans slowburn stories frequently focusing on familial bonds and darkness invading those bonds.
Last year, I was lucky enough to pay visit to the set of McCarthy’s Easter segment of the now in theaters anthology film, Holidays. What I saw while visiting that set was a director who got stuff done while remaining calm and collected. The final product of Easter is quite possible one of the most thought provoking anthology segments in quite some time, challenging the different icons we’re asked as children to believe in. »
- Jerry Smith
Some of the biggest days on the calendar are viewed through a dark lens in the new horror anthology Holidays. Featuring a plethora of intriguing characters, one of the film’s standouts is Andrew Bowen’s performance as Reggie: an unconventional serial killer looking for his next victim on New Year’s Eve. Following Holidays’ world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival (and VOD debut) and ahead of its April 22nd theatrical release, we caught up with Bowen for our latest Q&A feature.
Andrew, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, and congratulations on your excellent work in Holidays. What attracted you to this film and the role of Reggie in the “New Year’s Eve” segment?
Andrew Bowen: Thank you so much! It was such a cool project to work on. I got involved after my friend and producer Gabriella Lugo (who produced [the] “Christmas »
- Derek Anderson
For centuries, annual holidays have been widely celebrated as a time to put aside one’s worries and responsibilities in order to come together with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. Holidays are magical, not only because they represent a time of love and harmony, but also because many of them are commemorated on a global scale, making them not only a positive junction, but a universal one that can be shared by nearly all of humankind.
Although we can all look back on our happy moments as a collective people, we can also all relate to the sense of dread that often goes hand-in-hand with an approaching festivity. Holidays like Valentine’s Day can be ridiculously expensive, Christmastime can mean grueling hosting duties for many, as well as fights with family. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can bring emotional baggage with it if a person has a lost parent, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Growing up, I was a sucker for gimmicks. Blame my Mom. Every time a new M&M flavor (did you know they make Coconut and Cherry?) or Oreo remix hit the shelves, our house was the first on the block to sample it. I like to think it’s this upbringing that now influences my taste in horror films, like my adoration of holiday themes (Krampus! Gremlins!) and anthology collections. Or how about an entire horror anthology themed around major holidays, aptly titled – you guessed it – Holidays! It was going to take an act of Satan to keep me away from this one…
Let me start by confirming that yes, Holidays works. It’s an admitted mixed-bag of highs and lows (more highs), but that’s to be expected with eight *very* different segments. Some will love Kevin Smith’s Halloween whorishness, while others will start with their typical anti-Smith »
- Matt Donato
This April’s VOD offerings are a strong and eclectic bunch, including one of my favorite films out of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, The Invitation, which arrives on digital platforms April 8th.
For you Norman Reedus fans out there, IFC releases the road thriller Sky, in which he plays a supporting role, on April 15th. The latest horror anthology, Holidays, makes its VOD bow on the same day, courtesy of Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films, and if you dig Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, then you have The Tell-Tale Heart to look forward to on April 5th.
The Girl in the Photographs (Vertical Entertainment) – April 1st
- Heather Wixson
Ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming anthology horror Holidays which features a cast that includes Lorenza Izzo, Seth Green and Kevin Smith; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Holidays is an anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time. The film challenges our folklore, traditions and assumptions, making Holidays a celebration of the horror on those same special days’ year after year. A collaboration of some of Hollywood’s most distinct voices, the directors include Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (TheMidnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet).
Holidays is set for release on April 22nd. »
- Amie Cranswick
With the likes of Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), and Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) taking a segment, the first trailer for horror anthology Holidays, which uncovers the dark side of annual celebrations like Christmas, Father’s Day, Easter, and St. Patrick’s Day (which Shore will be taking the helm). A fine group of genre directors have been assembled for this, and the trailer has the right amount of creepiness to subvert the holidays and traditions weekend take for granted. Horror anthologies can be a bit hit and miss, but Holidays seems to be doing it right. If anything, it promises to be a lot of fun. Released: April 15th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Holidays is a horror anthology from ten directors. The film takes a bloody swipe at those special days, that come by once a year, including: Valentine's Day, Labour Day and Mother's Day. Some of the standout directors from the series are Kevin Smith of Clerks (1994) and Tusk (2014) fame, Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate). The film's first trailer offers a brief glimpse at each of the stories. The film bills itself as somewhat counter-culture in nature. Each story will challenge the viewer's perspective on folklore, culture, traditions and their perspectives on these special, or stressful, times of the year. The film is set to have its World Premiere in Tribeca. After April 14th, the film will be available through video-on-demand platforms, on the following day. Fans of Southbound, Tales of Halloween or other horror anthologies are encouraged to take a look below. Release Date: April 15th, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
I was lucky enough to be able to do a couple of set visits on the horror anthology Holidays last year for Fangoria (here and here), and what I found was a very unique approach to the anthology subgenre. Featuring an impressive set of directors such as Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet), Holidays gives each filmmaker a chance to tackle a celebratory day of the year, with varying tones and approaches.
Set the make its world premiere on April 14th at the upcoming Tribeca Films Festival, the horror anthology now has a set of stills and a trailer to hype you fright fanatics up, and has also announced a VOD release date of April 15th, »
- Jerry Smith
Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films are embracing seasonal scares by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Holidays. Featuring segments from directors including Kevin Smith and Starry Eyes’ Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the horror anthology now has VOD and theatrical release dates and is teased in a new trailer.
Holidays will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th, and fans won’t have to wait long to see it at home, either, as the film will be released on digital and VOD platforms on April 15th, followed by a theatrical release beginning April 22nd:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered to acquire the global distribution of the horror anthology Holidays, which was produced by John Hegeman’s Distant Corners Entertainment in association with Xyz Films. The film will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th. »
- Derek Anderson
The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release commencing April 15 across worldwide digital and VOD platforms followed by a targeted Us theatrical release on April 22.
The strategy will mark one of the first global launches of a day-and-date independent film campaign following a festival world premiere.
Holidays puts a dark twist on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of the calendar. The directors include Kevin Smith, Dracula Untold’s Gary Shore, Dennis Widmyer of Starry Eyes, and Nicholas McCarthy of The Pact.
“This has been a project that we’ve been excited about since it was announced in production,” said Vertical’s co-president Rich Goldberg.
“With the expansive list of amazing film-makers, their »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In what will be will be one of the first global launches of a day-and-date independent film campaign Vertical Entertainment and Xyz will release the new horror anthology, Holidays, April 15th with worldwide digital and VOD platforms followed by a targeted U.S. theatrical release on April 22nd.
The film will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival only one day prior on April 14th.
A collaboration of some of Hollywood’s most distinct voices, the directors include Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Unbound), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate [Continued ...] »
If "The ABCs Of Death" and "V/H/S" haven't sated your appetite for bite-sized horror, a new anthology is on the way, sporting its own clever concept. As you might guess from the title, "Holidays" delivers scares centered around various celebrations on the calendar, and the first international trailer has landed to give you a taste of what's coming. Read More: Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, Sarah Adina Smith, And More Lend Their Talents To Horror Anthology 'Holidays' Kevin Smith, Gary Shore ("Dracula Untold"), Scott Stewart ("Priest," "Legion"), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer ("Starry Eyes"), Sarah Adina Smith ("The Midnight Swim"), Nicholas McCarthy ("The Pact"), Adam Egypt Mortimer ("Some Kind of Hate"), and Anthony Scott Burns are the filmmakers who helm the segments in "Holidays," and Seth Green is the biggest star among the cast that's mostly made up of smaller »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: The company has come on board to handle international sales in Berlin on the Sundance Midnight selection.
CAA represents North American rights on Mickey Keating’s 1970s-set thriller about a pair of hapless robbers that flees into a stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-military sniper.
“Carnage Park is everything you could hope for in an ultra-cool elevated genre film – full of tension, stylish as hell »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“And if you can go back, like, further than that, I didn’t think I’d be acting!” she continues. So to have played a key role on Arrow during Season 2, loom large for much of Season »
17 items from 2016
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