Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
If middling ensemble rom-coms are your preferred method of celebrating the holidays, Garry Marshall’s recent output should have you covered. But if you’d prefer to be scared senseless on all the special days of the year? Well then, the new horror anthology Holidays might be more in your wheelhouse.
Directors Kevin Smith, 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) all contributed to the film, which consists of different segments corresponding to different holidays. The first Holidays trailer has just hit, along with release date details. Check it all out after the jump.
It’s pretty much a given that an anthology film will suffer from some unevenness. Even the best and most consistent examples of the format have some segments that stand out more than others. It’s hard to tell from this trailer which will be the highlights of Holidays, since all we get short snippets of all the different films mixed up together into one big jumble. But there’s definitely some intriguing imagery here, and it’s enough to make Holidays seem worth a shot.
Holidays will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, followed by a global day-and-date release starting April 15 and then a U.S. theatrical release on April 22. Ironically, that means it’s not actually opening near any major holidays at all — not even Easter, which falls in late March this year.
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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 (TheMidnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet).