Horror anthologies seem to be the next big trend in the genre now after the big influx of supernatural horror. Holidays is the next big anthology to come out and it features plenty of big names in horror who tackle a different holiday in the year. The result is a very uneven movie that is interesting in concept more than execution. I will review each segment individually.
Valentine's Day: This was a fun segment to start the film. It focused on a girl with a crush on her swim instructor and how she will go all the way to show her love. It was entertaining and featured some funny moments and it had the appropriate length. 7/10
St. Patrick's Day: This is about a teacher who wants a baby and later gets impregnated by something with the help of a creepy little girl. This segment was interesting as it dived into the different mythos of Ireland that go beyond the usual leprechauns. It had some cool moments and the little girl was creepy, but the ending seems to swerve away from the tone of the rest of the film. It was very goofy and killed the impact of the short. 5/10
Easter: This one was another short that went the weird route involving the Easter Bunny. It had some tension and a crazy ending featuring some great makeup effects. However, I felt it dragged on a bit too long and I didn't feel that invested in it. It was OK. 6/10
Mother's Day: This one just dragged. It also features a woman with pregnancy issues and a supernatural element that could have been interesting, but it wanted to be more arty then anything. The ending again goes for the crazy reveal and goes against what they were going for beforehand. 4/10
Father's Day: This was the best segment hands down. It doesn't approach the subject matter in the crazy and gory fashion that the other shorts were going for. It uses a more subtle and quiet approach which I appreciated and it had a great sense of dread. Jocelin Donahue gave a great performance without saying much. 9/10
Halloween: This is the big one as it is directed by Kevin Smith and his daughter. It sucked. It goes for the crude comedy that Smith is known for, but it is not funny. It goes long with the jokes and it all felt crude for crudeness's sake. It didn't even incorporate the holiday in any fashion so it had no point. 2/10
Christmas: This one is very light on story with Seth Green trying to give a virtual reality toy to his son and his tension with his wife. It slowly unravels into a horror comedy that was OK. The comedy didn't really hit and the twist was really obvious. Very mediocre. 5/10
New Year's Eve: This short was to the point with its purpose which was silly gore. It was fun for what it was and flew by. A decent end to the film although once again it could have been better. 6/10
Overall, the film had one fantastic short, a few average ones, and a couple of bad ones. I like the concept of holiday themed horror shorts, but I feel that they should expand their stories beyond just going for gory and shocking reveals. It has promise if it goes for a sequel with new holidays, but they need to go beyond the box.
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).
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