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Holidays (2016)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 15 April 2016 (USA)
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'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 by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions.

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Anthony Scott Burns (segment), Kevin Kölsch (segment) | 8 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Coghlan ... Maxine (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Savannah Kennick ... Heidi (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Rick Peters ... Coach Rockwell (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Kate Rachesky ... Cathy (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Marilyn Flores ... Swim Team Member (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Emily Haggins Emily Haggins ... Swim Team Member (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Sierra Malo Sierra Malo ... Swim Team Member (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Aimee Sagara Aimee Sagara ... Swim Team Member (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Britain Simons ... Handsome Boy (segment: "Valentine's Day")
Ruth Bradley ... Elizabeth (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
Peter Campion ... The Man (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
Isolt McCaffrey Isolt McCaffrey ... Grainne (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
Norma Sheahan Norma Sheahan ... The Voice (segment: Saint Patrick's Day) (voice)
Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ... St. Patrick (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
Glen Barry ... TV Presenter (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
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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 (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet). Written by Vertical Entertainment

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One of the bullies on the swim team is wearing a red hat with a rainbow on it. Like one of the bullies in Carrie 1976 version. See more »

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Father: I'm so happy that you came. Daddy loves you so much, Carol. I'm so proud of you. If you have come and you have found me, then you are here. You're finally here in this room of your own free will. Oh, Carol, that means that you and I can be together again... Together.
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References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Courtesy of Firstcom Music
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A laughably weak horror anthology
22 August 2017 | by RicktingSee all my reviews

Horror anthologies are always a risky business. With multiple writers and directors, there's bound to be an inconsistency in quality throughout. At least with this, given that the shorts, all based on a different holiday, are consistently bad, there is a consistent level of quality throughout.

Valentine: (2.5/5) A blatant Carrie rip-off with some dangling plot threads and a lack of explanation, but at least it gets the black comedy angle of the anthology right and has a clever ending.

St Patrick's Day: (1/5) A laughably stupid dud in every sense. What were they thinking?

Easter: (1.5/5) One good jump scare aside, this is tedious, tasteless and toothless.

Mother's Day: (1/5) A terrible body horror short where pretty much nothing happens. Oh, and then just when something is happening, it ends.

Father's Day: (3.5/5) A cleverly constructed and told short story which is arguably the best of the bunch in many ways, but it's still too open-ended and vague to satisfy.

Halloween: (3.5/5) An effective, squirm-inducing dark comedy that is both amusing and uncomfortable, although it is complete nonsense.

Christmas: (2.5/5) They had a great idea here... which they did absolutely nothing with and once again it ends just as it's starting to get interesting.

New Year's Eve: (2.5/5) More formulaic stuff which is mildly entertaining but just too predictable.

These films aren't scary, but they're not meant to be. They're meant to be dark, uncomfortable comedies. Sadly, the stories are weak and just lack any true meaning or point. I learnt something important in Film Studies: when you make a short film, the story should start when the film ends in a way. That's a good thing to remember if you're making a short film and that is basically what all these shorts do. But... don't forget to get the audience interested and actually give them enough information to leave them satisfied! Evidently, these writers and directors forgot that.

4/10


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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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$55,621
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