As is generally the case for an anthology film, Holidays is something of a mixed bag, touching all bases between effectively chillsome and downright irritating. There is no wraparound to link these eight shorts; other than each centring itself on a holiday event, the goal is open. The majority miss.

Kevin Smith is the biggest calling card here, his segment, “Halloween”, instantly recognisable for its slacker feel. Some gross-out humour delivers just deserts for the almighty arsehole owner of a cam girl business, but still, it feels a throwaway gesture from the director. Others flirt with good ideas, calling to mind Carrie and Rosemary’s Baby along the way, but the results are generally frustrating, falling victim to a clear sense of control of the stories.

Strongest by far are “Father’s Day” from Anthony Scott Burns (one of only two filmmakers of the list to not hold a feature under his belt) and “New Year’s Eve” from Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate, review here) and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes, review here). The former is instantly suspenseful, a long-lost father directing his via tape recording daughter to share his own fate, while the latter refreshingly turns a serial killer yarn on its head via amusing, socially awkward characters. For these alone, Holidays is worth a purchase.

Seth Green
Harley Quinn Smith
Lorenza Izzo
Jocelin Donahue
Ruth Bradley
Andrew Bowen
Megan Duffy

Anthony Scott Burns
Kevin Kolsch
Nicholas McCarthy
Adam Egypt Mortimer
Ellen Reid
Gary Shore
Kevin Smith
Sarah Adina Smith
Scott Stewart
Dennis Widmyer

10 October 2016

Posted by Naila Scargill

Naila is the founder and editor of Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, 
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