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Holidays Plot 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 (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet).
Holidays (2016) Review
Holidays (2016) is an American comedy anthology horror film with eight segments about different holidays. I had many different opinions while viewing this movie as some of the content was unique, disturbing, mind-boggling and great but not right, read the next sentence. There was one segment that was portrayed in a way that if kids mistakenly see that particular segment, Easter then they might think of that holiday in a harsh way. There were a few segments that I could care less for, and there was a few that I wish was longer. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day were the least desirable segments in the anthology. Below is a brief summary of each part without too many spoilers.
Directed by Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes (2014), Curtain (2011), Absence (2009)) and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes (2014), Absence (2009), Ext. Life (2010))
Valentine’s Day was about a teenager, Maxine (Madeleine Coghlan) in high school being mistreated by her peers and her coach notices that and decides to give her a Valentine’s day card. You can guess what happens after she receives the card from her coach who she has a crush on. Valentine’s Day was about 95% predictable, slow paced and did not contain tension, thrills or horror that will make you a little scared. The ending where she was holding a "blank" in her hand was shocking, and I wish it were a tad bit longer to show the coach’s reaction.
St. Patrick’s Day
Directed by Gary Shore (Dracula Untold (2014), The Draft (2006))
St. Patrick’s Day was kind of spooky as it keeps me guessing after seeing the little girl Grainne (Isolt McCaffrey) who just gives off that eerie feeling. Elizabeth is an Irish primary school teacher who wishes to be pregnant, and her dream becomes a reality after having a new "not your average student," Grainne. Grainne cursed her teacher with a little straw like snake doll and Elizabeth woke up soon after to find herself pregnant, and that is not even the weird part. Her pregnancy is not like no other human females pregnancy for many reasons, and one of that reason is that her pregnancy lasts for over 350 days. Her pregnancy is so twisted that I recommend you seeing this segment because it is by far one of the strangest short films I have ever seen and I am not quite sure how anyone can cope with a pregnancy like Elizabeth’s.
Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact (2012), At the Devil’s Door (2014), The Pact (2011))
Easter revolves around a little girl who is inquisitive and scared of Jesus’ resurrection and the Easter Bunny. She was afraid to fall asleep, and her mother made her feel safe after reassuring her several times that everything will be okay. The mother woke up that morning to face her worst fear as her daughter faced her worst fear that night. There is so much more I want to say about this film, but I cannot say anything more without spoiling it. The Easter Bunny palm/hand releasing newly-hatched chicks was unique, and his appearance was not friendly to my eyes as I was grossed out. Don’t miss this segment.
Directed by Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim (2014), Madura (2006))
Mother’s Day revolves around a young female, Kate (Sophie Traub - Tenderness (2009), Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014), The Interpreter (2005), Daltry Calhoun (2005)) who becomes pregnant every time she has intercourse with a male regardless of how many protective measures she takes. Kate’s doctor recommends her to see her sister in the middle of the desert because she has no other medical ways of helping her. Kate did not expect to see a fertility cult and wanted to leave several times but was convinced to stay. The females at the cult sedated her and believed that Kate cannot hear them, but they were wrong. I was in disbelief when I saw what reached out of Kate as she was in delivery position in the desert. With all said, you will not be disappointed if you miss this segment because it was slow and daunting.
Directed by Anthony Scott Burns (Manifold (2013), Lost Boy (2016))
Father’s Day revolves around a daughter who receives a message from her father who left her and her mom when she was a little girl. The father left her a recording with instructions on how to find a structural site. As distraught as she was to hear her father’s message after several years, she followed his directions and saw. I did not like this segment and thought it was slow, tedious and did not contain any thrills or tension.
Directed by Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks (1994), Dogma (1999))
Halloween revolves around Ian (Harley Morenstein - Tusk (2014), Epic Meal Empire (2014), Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015), Smosh: The Movie (2015)) recruiting young girls to work for him as a webcam girl. He promises them an amazing life but does not fulfill his promises and mistreats them with harsh punishments and rude words. The segment took an unexpected twist when the girls decide to teach him a big ole lesson that was out of this world and that no one should endure. I was applauding the girls for standing up to Ian but did not expect them to take brutal revenge in the manner they did, actually felt sorry for the guy, that does not happen often. Let’s just say there was a car battery with a button to increase and decrease power level, vibrator, girls, glue, webcam, and Ian.
Directed by Scott Stewart (Dark Skies (2013), Legion (2010))
Christmas revolves around a father Pete Gunderson (Seth Green - The Italian Job (2003), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)) waiting last minute to get his son the only Christmas present he asked for which was a UVU/virtual reality headsets. The toy store agrees to keep the last UVU headset for Pete, but they gave it to someone else upon closing time. Distraught Pete did the unthinkable and got his son the UVU which will be the ultimate Christmas present. Pete and his wife, they both saw what each other did on Christmas Eve while using the UVU after Christmas and forgetting to log out. I was left wondering if the wife saw Pete’s fantasy or what he did on Christmas Eve when she used the UVU. It was a good segment.
New Years Eve
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate (2015), Jerk All-Stars (2010))
New Years Eve revolves around Jean (Lorenza Izzo - Knock Knock (2015), The Green Inferno (2013), Aftershock (2012), The Stranger (2014)) who is using a dating site to find a date for New Years Eve. I was not interested in this segment until I saw the twist in the last two minutes when things turn deadly as the killers reveal themselves. I was shocked to see the bathroom and all of its content as it is slowly revealed and thought it would have been cool if both of them killed each other at the same time. As I said, the last two minutes was the best part of this segment.
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- Holidays Rating Scores
- Our Score: 5
- Overall Score: 5.02
- IMDB: 5.1
- MetaCritic: 5.0
- Rotten Tomatoes: 5.0
About Holidays 2016
Runtime: 105 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Comedy
Total Avg. Votes: 8,116
Holidays Writers: Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Kölsch
Holidays Director: Scott Stewart, Kevin Smith, Matt Johnson, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, Anthony Scott Burns, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Sarah Adina Smith, Ellen Reid
Production: Distant Corners Entertainment Group