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Holidays (2016)

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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, Kevin Kölsch (as Kevin Kolsch) | 7 more credits »

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Anthony Scott Burns (segment), Kevin Kölsch (segment) (as Kevin Kolsch) | 8 more credits »
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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 Peter Campion ... The Man (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
Isolt McCaffrey Isolt McCaffrey ... Grainne (segment: "Saint Patrick's Day")
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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Surviving them is hell. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feriados See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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The segment, "St. Patrick's Day", references the Norwegian folktale "The Lindworm Prince", also known as simply "The Lindworm". While there are several versions of the folktale, the version anthologized in the seminal Asbjornsen and Moe Collection is the most popular one. The folktale tells of a queen giving birth to a snake creature and when the creature is born, it flees into the land. When the creature grows up, it becomes a prince. 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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Mood In Onyx
Written by Anthony Mawer
Performed by Valentino
Courtesy of Selectracks/BMG
Played during segment "New Year's"
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Father's Day - BEST segment, hands down!
16 April 2016 | by retrohorrorremixSee all my reviews

I went into this with high expectations, and while "Halloween" and "Christmas" (the ones I expected the most from) proved to be disappointments, I found the "Father's Day" segment brilliant, touching and also terrifying. The manner in which the story builds thru the playback of a childhood recording, how she drives out to the middle of nowhere, and the suspense leading to where she was headed, all great elements rounding out a truly unique segment. I found myself on the edge of my seat from the time she started the tape to the very end.

"Easter" was bizarre and interesting and "St. Patty's Day" was pretty unexpected but cool. "St. Patty's Day" felt like classic British horror or something. Very elegant, artistic and suspenseful. The little girl did a fantastic job. "Christmas" suffered from what many shot-in-LA indie productions experience which was the total lack of snow, thus creating a true "Christmas" atmosphere. It was an OK concept, but overall not really scary or exciting. And I feel like the gadget the story focuses on will really date it in 10-15 years and seem silly. And I felt like "Halloween" was a total wasted opportunity. With the "Halloween" setting they could have done so much, but other than it being centered around 3 girls stuck inside on Halloween, you wouldn't know it was set on Halloween. No pumpkins, no trick-r-treaters, no atmosphere what-so-ever. Seemed more like that story could have been molded into any of the "Holidays" and I wish that segment went to someone who really cared to do something cool with it, as that segment alone could have really brought this indie anthology into "classic" territory. "Valentine's Day" was a classic style shocker and "Mother's Day" was pretty creepy, but had a weak ending. I was really hoping for a cool "Independence Day" story or "Thanksgiving", but maybe it was for the best since there was really only a couple standout segments. Overall, well worth the watch, even if a handful of the stories are throwaway. I'd compare it to "ABCs of Death", with about the same ratio of good stories.


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