Sunday, August 7, 2016

Movie review: Holidays

Which holiday is your favorite? An anthology, Holidays takes a darker look at the most popular holidays proposing traditions and beliefs behind them that may not be as happy as we had believed.

Lorenza Izzo (Jean), Mark Steger (Bunny Man), Harley Smith (Holly), Seth Green (Pete), Clare Grant (Sara), Ruth Bradley (Elizabeth), Aleksa Palladino (Persian), Michael Gross (Father), Jocelin Donahue (Carol).

Holidays is a collection of bizarre stories that take a darker look at our most popular and loved holidays. This is really a mixed bag of stories. Some are disturbingly gruesome, some are funny, and others simply made no sense at all. While there is some delicious horror here, some of the episodes drag on a bit and others take confusing or pointless detours.

Acting was a bit rough in some episodes, but pretty good in others. There are simply too many actors to mention here so suffice to say you may be impressed while at the same time being disappointed.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds much like the acting left something to be desired at times. Poor film quality and lighting was a problem in several episodes. Action and costuming however were pretty good and helped the horror aspect a lot. Dialogue was again mixed with some good and some bad. Same with sound.

Overall if you are a horror fan, check this one out as there are plenty of disturbing horror scenes. If you don't enjoy short films or intense, disturbing horror, take a pass on this one.

With plenty of graphic violence, gore, sexuality, disturbing images, and foul language this should probably be saved for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 7.27.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Horror Anthology

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