Holidays (2016)

April 20, 2016 - 5:09pm | FrighT MasteR

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Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Matt Johnson, Scott Stewart, Nicholas McCarthy, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns
Lorenza Izzo, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ruth Bradley, Matt Johnson, Andrew Bowen, Peter Campion, Megan Duffy

Holidays is the newest anthology to hit the genre as of late and as the title suggests, each story focuses on a specific holiday out of the year. On paper this is a pretty cool concept, especially since we're getting segments focused on holidays that we rarely see used much in the genre. Sadly, despite having some talented names behind the movie it just ended up being a weird and incoherent mess and aside from the Father's Day story, I found each tale to be either bad or mediocre (at best).

The movie opens with Valentine's Day (by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch), where we follow a shy teen girl who has a crush on her swim coach. She's teased and tormented by her peers until one day she's had enough and goes after the main bully. Nice use of music and colors helped make this fairly enjoyable, but the next tale is where things start to go downhill. St. Patrick's Day (by Gary Shore) focuses on a teacher who parties hard one night and wakes up knocked up, but it isn't a baby she's carrying in her belly. Played out as some kind of Rosemary's Baby parody, this tale was a bit on the strange and comedic side and just seemed to get more odd as it went on until reaching a big WTF climax.

Easter by Nicholas McCarthy is next and is probably the simplest (and most boring) of the tales, revolving around a little girl that finds the mythical Easter Bunny in her house one night. Supposedly rarely seen by mortal eyes, the bunny turns out to be a bizarre cross of Jesus and a hairless rabbit. Mother's Day by Sarah Adina Smith is next and is one of the more grounded segments, detailing the story of a woman who gets pregnant each time she has sex and is held hostage by a fertility cult. This was a bit slow and dull and sadly ends right when it gets good.

Father's Day by Anthony Scott Burns is my favorite of the bunch, about a young woman who receives an old tape recorder from her missing Father. She follows the instructions on the tape that detail how she can see her Father again, but things aren't quite as straightforward as they seem. This was a really cool and interesting concept with a nice end to it. Kevin Smith directs the Halloween segment, which turned out to have little to do with the holiday at all, revolving around cam girls that get revenge on their pimp. This if followed by Christmas from Scott Stewart, which stars Seth Green as a guy getting a VR headset as a last minute gift. This proved to be a standard tale with a predictable twist.

Lastly is New Year's Eve by Adam Egypt Mortimer about a weirdo serial killer who prowls dating sites for his next victim. He meets up with a young lady and gets more than he bargained for. Despite being another predictable tale, I found this somewhat amusing for the most part.

With a couple mediocre bits and only one good story in the lot, Holidays was an interesting concept that was unfortunately poorly executed, resulting in mostly lousy tales that were either too weird and incoherent or simply dull and predictable. Anthology fans may dig this to some extent, but don't go in expecting much.

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FrighT MasteR is an avid horror fan / monster hunter extraordinaire, who created and has been running UHM since its inception, way back in 1999.




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