You’ll never look at these beloved holidays quite the same after watching the Holidays horror anthology

Holidays horror 2016 posterThe sheer quality of this anthology is evident when you look at the talents behind the individual short films. The directors alone 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). It reads like a who’s who in the movie business of current or up-and-coming directors with a fresh perspective on filmmaking and storytelling

Of course, it’s always difficult to review an anthology, where each segment (or short film, if you will)  has been written and directed by a different creative genius. That’s why we’ll do a quick rundown of each one of the holidays, as well as give the Holidays horror anthology feature film itself an overall score.

Let’s get to it, shall we… Happy Holidays horror!

Valentine’s Day (4/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch

St. Patrick’s Day (3/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Gary Shore

Easter (3/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Nicholas McCarthy

Mother’s Day (3/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Sarah Adina Smith

Father’s Day (5/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Anthony Scott Burns

Halloween (4/5) – Read our review

Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

Christmas (4/5)

Written and Directed by Scott Stewart

New Year’s Eve (4/5) – Read our review

Written by Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kölsch
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer


The Holidays horror anthology (4/5)

Overall, you’ll probably find a few favorites of your own, when watching the anthology as a whole, but still, this works extremely well as a Holidays horror collection of short films and stories. We weren’t crazy about certain elements of a few segments, but honestly, we still found something we really liked in each and every one. That does not usually happen, when we’re watching any sort of short film collection, but it speaks volumes about the very high level of quality.

You get the new and daring horror writers and directors, who enjoy the fact that this genre is open to a lot more variety and innovation than many other genres. You can go for the laughs, give the creeps, fascinate and draw in or just head straight for the jump scares. Whatever you prefer, there’s a bit of everything in Holidays, and if you get the chance, you should most certainly watch it in a movie theater. If not, just turn off the lights, crank up the sound and enjoy. Happy horror Holidays to ya!

Holidays is out via VOD from April 15 with a limited theatrical release on April 22, 2016. The world premiere was at Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.

Also, if you want the full experience, We Are Colony has a special edition bundle, with cast interviews and extra details about the cast and crew. You’ll find the Holidays horror anthology special edition bundle right here!


I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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