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Holidays Reviews

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May 10, 2018
Started off relatively strong. Very weak segments though.
March 17, 2018
There are some excellent production here, great visuals and fast ace action when needed and some stories leave you wanting more so you get full closure. Like a grown up version of the UKs tales of the unexpected but more graphic. Certainly sinister and witty in places, I enjoyed them all. Worth a try.
January 4, 2018
Nothing to see here, but the last two are okay.
½ December 12, 2017
Looking for quirky holiday movies and found this (8 episode) anthology on Netflix. While all 8 stories share a gory/horror theme, not all are as well written or even filmed. (1) Valentine's Day - bad dialogue, bad acting with a very predicable conclusion. (2) St. Patrick's Day - started very good and continued that way (acting, dialogue and cinematography), but the final 5-6 minutes totally lost cohesion and melted away. (3) Easter - started well, but then just ended abruptly without a decent payoff. (4) Mother's Day - started bad (too new age-y and burning man in a very cliched way) with an ending (last few seconds) that was intriguing but way too brief. (5) Father's Day - good, however had that horrible trope of the lead leaving their cell phone in their car that paired with an ending that was very abrupt seemed like the writers left the script off, one day too early. (6) Halloween - the Canadian accent and main characters (one is a daughter of the writer/director) gave this away to me, it was funny though. (7) Christmas - while Seth Green's acting makes everything better, the premise on this episode is so tired and over-used along with a very predictable conclusion gives this one low marks. (8) New Years - While I did see where this episode was going, it was the best one, funny, gory, full of horror and yet a satisfactory conclusion.
October 30, 2017
I love short stories and short films so this definitely wins me over, plus enjoyed the idea of messing with holidays.
½ August 27, 2017
Uneven at best, this collection has its fair share of chills mixed in with some very low budget horror and some bad acting. I thought the St. Patrick's day tale was the most intriguing and the Halloween story, which should have been the scariest was just bad. There's a fair share of blood and gore, but it's just not that horrific.
August 6, 2017
Watch the Father's Day segment for some truly well crafted, atmospheric horror. The others are missable.
½ February 23, 2017
A solidly entertaining anthology film revolving around different holidays. As is common, some segments work better than others, but overall the mostly tongue in cheek nature works in it's favor. 3 1/2 stars
December 31, 2016
Truly one of the stupidest ideas for a movie. All four holiday tales are unimaginative and the acting is so terrible, it's unbearable.
½ December 8, 2016
didn't really like mother's day or father's day (the latter was good until the end) but quite enjoyed the rest.
December 8, 2016
Most of the shorts are pretty bad only a few were actually good such as Easter, Fathers Day, and the hilarious St Patrick's Day, but then there are the atrocities such as Valentine's Day, Halloween, and especially Mother's Day, witch is one of the worst things I've ever seen.
½ December 2, 2016
Holidays is a holiday-themed, horror anthology, strung together with eight shorts by eight different directors to give us the chills during any of the aforementioned celebrations; however, like most anthologies, all of the segments vary in quality with the ratio skewing more to the negative than positive throughout. Horror anthologies by design should work wonders: you get "X" amount of people together, each given a theme and a ten-minute window to execute an engaging story, and the creative juices should be flowing in one streamlined direction. But, time has proven that that is simply not the case. The film has a couple of notable stars in front of and behind the camera including Seth Green, Kevin Smith, his daughter Harley Quinn Smith, Lorenza Izzo, and Epic Meal Time's Harley Morenstein, but none of them should feel proud for taking part in this. The holidays these shorts tackle are Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's Eve and the results are mediocre at best; some starting with promise, then quickly dipping in quality. My favourite short was by-far the Easter one, and the dumbest was surprisingly Kevin Smith's Halloween segment, which went for gross-out torture and had very little to do with the holiday the short was built around. Overall, this was a clever concept that should have been at the very least, fun, but the execution of these shorts really underwhelmed me and it was a bit of a drag sitting through it to the end.
½ November 27, 2016
Terrible. Sick for all the wrong reasons and even misrepresented some holidays. Felt like the writers couldn't connect with the audience they were trying to impress.
November 26, 2016
A weird, unbalanced collection of short films.
November 24, 2016
Really good lots of Gore
November 8, 2016
Father's day, one of the most depressing, dark, desolate and terrifying horror short films that i've seen.
½ November 5, 2016
Like short stories, anthologies can be fun because of the variety. Some of these stories are good, others not so much. Overall, the quality is low compared to something like the much better Trick or Treat.
½ November 3, 2016
"Valentine's Day": Terrible, especially the dialogue; not a great way to start. 1 Star
"St. Patrick's Day": Hilariously odd b-movie, with a super-dark sense of humor. 3 Stars
"Easter": Best of the bunch; a mentally terrifying and visually striking fever-dream; monster is a uniquely grotesque vision of how our stories can affect children. 4 Stars
"Mother's Day": Most down to earth, but completely uncompelling. 1.5 Stars
"Father's Day": A mood piece whose mood works, but whose story and resolve are lacking. 2.5 Stars
"Halloween": Schlocky, gross-out horror about worthy vengeance...unfortunately Kevin Smith can't write dialogue or direct actors worth a crap anymore. 2.5 Stars
"Christmas": Nice to see Seth Green, but this twisty tale is just plain stupid. 2 Stars
"New Year's": With the best dialogue and character development of them all, this is a surprising amount of demented fun. 3.5 Stars
October 30, 2016
It's an anthology film, you know the drill. Some segments are good, some not so good, some are just downright bad. To get it out of the way, you can just go ahead and skip Kevin Smith's contribution on Halloween. It's a painful attempt at girl power that barely has anything to do with the actual holiday aside from featuring girls in costumes. Then there's segments like Easter and Saint Patrick's Day that have some really clever ideas and a celebration of the holiday, but they don't quite know how to execute them and the results are more just weird than clever or scary. Still, even the lesser segment still have some chills and creativity to them (except Halloween, which is just unforgivably shitty), and there are a couple like New Years Eve and Christmas that are quite a lot of fun. The highlight of the film though is Father's day, which is emotional and brilliant. It uses some clever filming techniques with a girl visiting a place she went to as a child while listening to a tape of her visit there as a child which merges the past and present in some interesting ways, and an emotional heft to the whole thing that creates a great sense of tension. Still, even Father's Day has an ending that leaves something to be desired, like they had a really good idea but weren't sure how to close it. Holidays is full of great ideas that aren't always executed in the best way. It's ambitious, and most of the directors clearly have a great deal of talent, but I wish there stories had been thought through more. It leaves something to be desired, but what you get is still worth a look.
Super Reviewer
October 30, 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.
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