Holidays

2016

Holidays

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Total Count: 28

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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).

Cast

Rick Peters
as Coach Rockwell
Ruth Bradley
as Elizabeth
Mark Steger
as Bunny Man
Jennifer LaFleur
as Dr. Karen Harding
Sonja Kinski
as Crystal
Marilyn Flores
as Swim Team Member
Emily Hagins
as Swim Team Member
Sierra Malo
as Swim Team Member
April Eckfeld
as Michelle
Aimee Sagara
as Swim Team Member
Britain Simons
as Handsome Boy
Norma Sheahan
as The Voice
Guy Carleton
as St. Patrick
Glen Barry
as TV Presenter
Orlaith Shore
as Sales Assistant
Jacqueline Wilson
as Young Mother
Jack Wilson
as Crying Baby
Ciara Cullen Shore
as Sister Burnadeath
Anika Contas
as Patient
Erica Pitts
as Patient
Karen Wright
as Patient
Manuel Bermúdez
as Montezuma II (Voice)
Jana Karan
as Young Carol
John C. Johnson
as Proprieter
Shawn Parsons
as Business Man
Michael Sun Lee
as Medical Examiner #1
Wes Robertson
as Medical Examiner #2
Karina Noelle
as Submissive
Scott Stewart
as uVu Spot Announcer/Mars Control
Brea Grant
as TV Announcer
Kevin Perreira
as TV Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Holidays

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (14)

  • Some of the films are haunting, some of them more macabre, but all of them play with holiday symbolism in way that will make viewers rethink a lot of their favorite celebrations.

    Apr 22, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • "Holidays" is frustrating because its creators all have something good going for them, but almost consistently have no ideas of what to do.

    Apr 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film mostly feels perfunctory and awkward - like calling home at Christmas.

    Apr 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Like a family dinner with an eccentric uncle, Holidays' quirkiness is fitfully entertaining, but ultimately exhausting.

    Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Seeing how visionaries new and old foster an idea of things that go bump in the night is what keeps viewers coming back for more, and when anthologies add as many twists as Holidays, aficionados are always ready for the next installment.

    Apr 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    William Earl

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • Holidays is a fun, funny and frequently scary little addition that more than justifies its existence.

    Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holidays

  • Aug 30, 2016
    In terms of horror anthology, it's pretty middle of the road. Worth the watch for the aficionado, but certainly won't convert anyone who hasn't already surrendered their life to the Horror Movie Gods (except maybe the Halloween and Father's Day segments. Those were pretty good).
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2016
    One fantastic short (Father's Day), one good (New Year's), the rest duds.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2016
    Patchy, but enough good stories to make it a worthwhile watch. I liked the Halloween, Xmas and St Patrick's day the best. The others were missable.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2016
    The problems that plague this anthology film is the same problems that have plagued almost every anthology film in existence. And that is the lack of consistency in the shorts themselves. And that is due to the fact that you have different filmmakers all telling their own little stories. The most consistently entertaining anthology film I've ever seen, Wild Tales, was written and directed by one man. All of the segments were done by the same guy, so that, unsurprisingly, led to a consistent tone between all of the shorts. Films like this, or ABCs of Death, while conceptually really cool, won't have that cause you have all these different types of filmmakers working with different writers and that's why some of the shorts would fall short when compared to others. This film is no different. I think that a great majority of the shorts are conceptually interesting, but the execution fell short of the concept. The film starts off with a solid Valentine's Day segment, where this girl, bullied by others and romantically obsessed with her swimming coach, kills one of the girls that bullies her and brings her heart to the coach. It's not the best the film has to offer, but it was a solid enough start to the film. The St. Patrick's Day segment of the film is the first truly great one. This woman is impregnated by snake and that's all you need to know as this one goes to some really interesting places. The Easter segment is probably one of the weakest ones. There's an interesting take on how children perceive what parents tell them and how their imagination runs wild with that information. There's also some interesting concepts regarding faith and how children react to that. With that said, I just didn't really like the short in and of itself outside of that. It's just a really weak segment. I think Easter is the weakest segment of the film, but Mother's Day is right after that. It's similar to the St. Patrick's Day segment, but it's just not nearly as good nor does it reach the same levels of absurdity. It was, realistically speaking, a pointless segment. So, yea, Mother's Day is the weakest segment of the film. At least Easter had the fucked up Bunny Christ. Father's Day, I felt, was the best short of the entire movie. It doesn't reach levels of absurdity or anything of the sort, it's a simple melancholic tale of loss. This woman finds this recording of her father, whom she thought passed away during her childhood. The recording, essentially, guides the woman to this place where she is to be reunited with him. I liked how the short was paced, how it was acted and it ended on a really strong note. St's Patrick's Day embraces the absurdity of its concept, so I think that might appeal more to people, but I still felt that this was the best segment of the entire movie. Halloween is probably the 'funniest' segment of the film, since it was written and directed by Kevin Smith. These three cam girls torture their 'john', I don't know what you call it when it comes to cam girls, to death. It was a solid, entertaining short. Christmas was another weak one. The lead character lets another man die because he bought the last remaining gadget at the store that his son wanted. So he takes the device while watching this man die.. The product is Google Glass-esque device that shows you you, as the product was promoted. Everyone sees something different, sort of like your own personal profile, but you have to log out or else you see what the last person saw. Basically the man sees something he wasn't meant to see and that was it. Talk about weak. It was just an uninteresting and didn't have a story worth telling. New Year's Even ends the film off on a decent note. This man, a killer who stalks women on dating sites only to kill them, goes on this date with a woman who ends up being crazier than she is. It was basic, but it was still pretty decent. And that's about it. So, really, you can see how I though this might have been a mixed bag. There's two great shorts and everything else is kinda meh, even the ones that are good. There's some good concepts here, but, again, the execution doesn't always live up to that. And that is a damn shame, because I wanted this to be a great movie. It was not to be, however. If you must watch this, watch only St. Patrick's Day and Father's Day, you'll thank me later. Oh and watch Easter for Bunny Christ. With that said, this is an average anthology flick.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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