Short film anthologies get more popular each year with Trick or Treat, VHS and others leading the way. “Holidays” is one of the newest themed short fiction films that has a pretty impressive roster including Kevin Smith and, Gary Shore and more.
As you might guess, each film revolves around a holiday including Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. Strangely enough, there wasn’t an entry for Thanksgiving. You’d think that has killer turkey written all over it.
The film as a whole was average with each short film having its share of strengths and weaknesses. The movie started out strong with Valentine’s Day and an awkward high school girl’s crush on a swim coach. There was even a nod to “Carrie” with one of the bullies wearing a red baseball cap in the locker room.
For Easter, a child questions the connection between a resurrected Jesus and a fluffy bunny that delivers eggs. She finds out about that connection in a truly creepy way. Easter is an example of a well done piece that was a good mix of thought provoking commentary and horror. The makeup for the Easter/ Christ Bunny (you’ll just have to watch to know what I mean) was very well done. It’s something I wouldn’t have expected for an anthology film.
My favorite excerpt was St. Patrick’s Day, which had a wonderful comedy vibe with it. The lines, “You’ve heard of Rosemary’s baby? Replace reptile with baby. You’re having Rosemary’s Reptile,” had me rolling.
I think the one I liked the least was Christmas. Despite having Seth Green, the short just fell flat. There’s was nothing really scary or interesting about it. Given the popularity of the holiday, I thought there should have been something a little scarier or though provoking with it.
While the shorts were all over the quality scale, overall the movie was good. I doubt it’s one I would recommend seeing over and over again, but it’s worth watching it one time.
You can find “Holidays” on Netflix.