Holidays (2016 film)

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Holidays
Holidays film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • John Hegeman
  • Tim Connors
  • Adam Egypt Mortimer
  • Kyle Franke
  • Aram Tertzakian
Starring
Music by
Production
company
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date
  • April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14) (TFF)
  • April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Holidays is a 2016 American horror anthology film of subversive short horror films, each inspired by a different celebration. The directors include Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Scott Stewart, Nicholas McCarthy, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, Sarah Adina Smith and Anthony Scott Burns.

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.[1] It was then released on video on demand on April 15, 2016, prior to a limited release on April 22, 2016, by Vertical Entertainment.[2]

Segments[edit]

Valentine's Day[edit]

  • Written and directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
  • Starring Madeleine Coghlan, Savannah Kennick, Rick Peters, Britain Simons

Maxine is picked on by Heidi in the gym and nearly drowns after being pushed off the diving board by her. She is then rescued by her kindhearted coach, Coach Rockwell, whom she has a crush on. Rockwell is suffering from a heart condition and needs a transplant, and cannot do much about Heidi's bullying of Maxine because she organized a fundraising for him. After Heidi makes fun of Maxine for her crush on Rockwell and mocking her for not being able to do anything for his ailment, Rockwell leaves a Valentine's letter in her locker to console her. Maxine finds it and becomes euphoric. She then stalks Heidi and chases her to a creek where she hits her in the face with a brick and kills her with a box cutter. It was implied Maxine used to cut herself, and that her father committed suicide using a boxcutter, some time ago. Later that night, Rockwell is preparing for an outing with his wife when he hears the doorbell. Upon answering the door, he is horrified by the appearance of Maxine holding Heidi's ripped-out heart as a Valentines gift for him.

St. Patrick's Day[edit]

School teacher Elizabeth Cullen shows her students a documentary film about St. Patrick's Day and the legend of how he rid Ireland of snakes back in his time. She also takes an interest in her new, unhappy student Grainne after she leaves a dried grass snake and a note reading "Only your deepest wish can make me smile" as a St. Patrick's card project. After a St. Patrick's Day night of drinking, Elizabeth awakens in her car with a snakeskin laying around her. After she encounters Grainne in a supermarket, in which the latter embraces the former's belly with an uncomfortable amount of love, Elizabeth suspects something is wrong with her body. She happily discovers that she is pregnant (she previously expressed interest in having children) only to learn from the doctor that the baby will be a reptile, most likely a snake. When Elizabeth reads Grainne's book report and sees a drawing of herself giving birth to a snake, she asks Grainne what it is, and almost immediately vomits black sludge, much to Grainne's delight. Over the course of the following year, as Elizabeth's belly continues to grow, her behavior grows different with it. Her family begs her to listen to reason, but she refuses to do so. During the later weeks of her pregnancy, Elizabeth wears medieval-style clothing, as it is the only thing she can fit in given the state of her body and how large her belly has grown. Nearly four-hundred days after her "snake-baby" was conceived, Elizabeth lies in her bathtub and places a mouse on her belly, hoping to lure the snake out of her womb. Her belly thrashes about as the snake tries to find a way out to eat the mouse. The whole process renders Elizabeth unconscious. She is then led away by Grainne and a mysterious man, presumably Grainne's father who Elizabeth had sex with on St. Patrick's Day and is also the snake's father. The man assumes that Elizabeth will be horrified for giving birth to a snake, but she happily embraces her role as its mother, calling the snake her "beautiful baby", and joins the cult. Later a new teacher at the school (a nun) gets the same message from Grainne.

Easter[edit]

While being tucked into bed at night, a little girl becomes frightened by the coming of the Easter Bunny. The mother attempts to calm her and tries her best to explain the holiday mascot's connection to Jesus before managing to tuck her in. She also tells her she has to be asleep when the Easter Bunny comes because no child has ever seen him. Later, the girl gets up to get a drink of water and discovers a Crucified Jesus/Easter Bunny-like creature leaving chicks and candies in the living room. She attempts to sneak back to her room but is caught. The Bunny explains that now she has seen him, she must take his place and that she will never see her mother again, but will see wonderful magical things. He feeds her an egg that transforms her into another bunny creature. The mother is heard calling for her daughter as the back door locks itself.

Mother's Day[edit]

Kate can't stop getting pregnant and keeps having to abort. At the advice of her doctor, Kate attends a getaway that is out in the middle of the desert. At first, everything seems fine until one night she is involved in an orgy with the women and a muscular man. The getaway turns out to be home to barren witches who are hoping to get pregnant. They tell her that she is the gateway. Kate becomes catatonic but is groomed and cared for by the witches who cut her off from contacting the outside. It turns out that her doctor who recommended the place to her is part of the coven. Eventually, Kate manages to flee but suddenly goes into labor. The women surround her to aid in her birth, but they all scream in terror when a bloody full-sized arm comes out of her.

Father's Day[edit]

Carol comes home from teaching when she receives a mysterious package from her father whom she has not seen since she was a child. Carol discovers that the package is an old cassette deck player with earphones. She plays the tape which is from her father telling her how he loves her and instructing her to go to the place they played at when she was a child so they can be reunited. She leaves a voicemail for her mom stating how angry she is about lying to her about her father dying. Upon reaching the place hinted at on the tape, she realizes that the tape was recorded when she was with her father as a child. The tape provides instructions on where to go. She reminisces her memories with her father on that day. The tape eventually leads her to a building with a mysterious door which she remembers entering with her father, where he asked the woman on the reception to take care of her before leaving her. In the tape, her father apologizes for leaving her, but has to because he only has one chance to meet "him". Upon entering, it seems to lead her to another world. It cuts back to Carol's mother trying to call her cell phone, which Carol had left in her car. Carol comes across a figure sitting in a chair. The tape has her father state that he's glad she came "by [her] own free will" and, upon calling out to her father several times while crossing a circle of salt to the house, is eventually frightened by a dark mysterious humanoid that roars back at her. The tape recorder and headphones fall to the ground and Carol subsequently disappears as the end of the tape continues saying "together" in her father's voice.

Halloween[edit]

Ian hosts an Internet sex service where he abuses his employees Holly, Bree, and Serena. When he denies the girls' wishes to celebrate Halloween and calls them deragatory names, the girls fight back by telling him that it's a mistake to mess with three women as it forms a coven. Unintimidated, he attempts to rape Serena, but the girls knock him out. Ian wakes up in his underwear with a car battery connected vibrator superglued up his anus and a laptop placed in front of him. The girls send messages to him through the laptop making demands that should he not fulfill them will be subjected to the vibrator. When they ask him to show them his vagina, he is confused. The girls slide a knife under the door and tell him to "Make it Hollow, Ian". After he does so, the girls turn up the battery's power to 10 out of curiosity, and presumably kill him. The girls answer the door to Nancy, who Ian had called earlier, about the job. The girls explain that they are under new management and that Ian is no longer with the company due to "cutbacks".

Christmas[edit]

Pete Gunderson is late trying to buy virtual glasses for his son. A man before him buys the last remaining stock despite Pete calling about it earlier, but the man suddenly has a heart attack and can't reach his pills. Pete decides at first to call for help, but after being reminded about his wife's demand to get the glasses, Pete instead steals the glasses and rushes home, where his wife complains about not receiving a Christmsmas bonus she was promised. On Christmas day, Pete's son Bobby is overjoyed. The glasses recreate your thoughts and ideas into a virtual game. On the urging of his son, Pete tries them and sees a stripper. He tries it again, and sees himself receiving a blowjob from a prostitute at first, but the virtual glasses suddenly show the events of him stealing the glasses from the man's point of view. Pete tries to hide what happened, but his wife, Sara, reveals that she saw the saved footage. Pete reveals that he did it because the man had what he wanted, and he is tired of being pushed upon by others and that he just wanted to make it easier for himself. To his surprise, Sara is turned on by this and the two have sex. Later, Pete looks through the glasses again and discovers that Sara had tortured and killed her boss after he passed her over for a bonus. Shocked, he reads the glasses' tagline about how it shows the real you.

New Year's Eve[edit]

After murdering his date, Reggie picks up another girl through a dating site, named Jean, and goes to meet with her for New Year's Eve. Their date is awkward especially because of Reggie's weirdness, but Jean, feeling sorry for him, invites him to her apartment. They return to Jean's apartment and Reggie goes to the bathroom to wash up, though he's actually preparing to use chloroform on her. He checks the medicine cabinets and discovers that Jean keeps severed limbs and organs in jars. Suddenly, Jean rushes in with a fire axe and attacks Reggie, who further finds corpses in her bathtub. Reggie attempts to make it to the living room and has his foot severed by the axe. After making it to his jacket, he pulls out a revolver but forgot to load it (he forgot to load the gun the first time he tried to shoot his earlier victim), resulting in Jean splitting his head open and killing him. As the New Year rings in, Jean dances with her axe.

Production[edit]

The project originated with John Hegeman and his Distant Corners Entertainment. Tim Connors and Adam Egypt Mortimer were also producing, as well as Kyle Franke and Aram Tertzakian from XYZ Films. Executive producers were Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari, and Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer of XYZ.[3]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.[4][1] Prior to, Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films acquired worldwide distribution rights.[5] The film was released on April 15, 2016, through video on demand prior to a limited release on April 22, 2016.[6]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 52%, based on 27 reviews, with a rating average of 5.79/10.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Holidays". TribecaFilm.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Cox, Gordon (March 14, 2016). "'Holidays' Horror Anthology Grabbed for Release In Advance of Tribeca Film Festival Premiere". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. "Kevin Smith, Gary Shore & More Take 'Holidays' With XYZ Genre Anthology – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "TRIBECA 2016 ANNOUNCES LINEUPS FOR SPOTLIGHT, MIDNIGHT, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, AND TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL". TribecaFilm.com. April 8, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 14, 2016). "'Holidays' Horror Anthology Scares Up Deal & April Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Cox, Gordon (March 14, 2016). "'Holidays' Horror Anthology Grabbed for Release In Advance of Tribeca Film Festival Premiere". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Holidays (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 18, 2019.

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