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Holidays is a 2016 horror anthology film. Each short is titled for and focuses upon an individual major holiday. The subjects in order of viewing are:

  • Valentine's Day (Directed by Kevin Kolsch & Nicholas Widmyer): A troubled teen uses her unrequited love for her swimming coach to cope with the constant bullying of her classmates.
  • St. Patrick's Day (Directed by Gary Shore): In Ireland, a school teacher's attempts to reach a withdrawn student are interrupted by an unexpected pregnancy.
  • Easter (Directed by Nicholas McCarthy): On Easter's Eve a mother attempts to explain Jesus and the Easter Bunny to her imaginative daughter who keeps comically missing the point.
  • Mother's Day (Directed by Sarah Adina Smith): A California woman seemingly cursed with unwanted pregnancies reaches out in desperation to a New Age women's group.
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  • Father's Day (Directed by Anthony Scott Burns): The appearance of a cryptic cassette tape sends a young woman on a frantic quest for her father who has been missing and presumed dead.
  • Halloween (Directed by Kevin Smith): A trio of porn actresses are pushed to the limit by their abusive landlord/pimp.
  • Christmas (Directed by Scott Stewart): A Henpecked Husband (Seth Green) must resort to drastic measures to acquire the Christmas season's hot toy for his son.
  • New Year's Eve (directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer): After ending a long-term relationship, a man searches to find love again in time for New Year's Eve.



  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Easter heavily implies that the mother masturbates before going to sleep.
  • Adults Are Useless: Coach Rockwell of Valentine's Day does barely anything to stem his students' brutal taunting of their weakest member, Maxine. It shows how bad her situation truly is, that his mild displays of compassion toward her can blossom into such an intense fixation on her part. Sort of justified given that the coach is preoccupied with some pretty serious medical and marital problems of his own.
  • Affably Evil: The fertility cult in Mother's Day. They genuinely believe they're doing the right thing for Kate and the doctor in particular seems to actually care, despite the fact that what they're doing is immoral, illegal, very likely fatal, and might have dire supernatural consequences for the rest of the world.
  • Agony of the Feet: Reggie gets his foot lopped off with an axe in New Year's Eve.
  • Alpha Bitch: Heidi from Valentine's Day ruthlessly and viciously mocks Maxine. It's even completed by their contrasting looks, with Heidi being a blonde athlete and Maxine an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • An Axe to Grind: Reggie's date in New Year's Eve, who is appropriately Ax-Crazy.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Given the temple, the people mentioned at different points on the tape by Carol's father, and the massive timetable on which things seem to operate, it's clear that the antagonist of Father's Day isn't acting alone.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Heidi of Valentine's Day.
    • Reggie of New Year's Eve and Ian of Halloween.
    • Honorable mention goes to the Business Man and Ed from the Christmas segment.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Halloween Holly's remarks continually lead up to supernatural horror involving witches. But no, it's just perfectly mundane Torture Porn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Invoked by Pete of Christmas, who defends his actions by saying he was "tired of being nice."
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Maxine of Valentine's Day isn't much for talking but her actions speak loud enough.
  • Billy Needs an Organ: Coach Rockwell in Valentine's Day needs a heart transplant, with his students putting together a fundraiser for him. Maxine decides to take matters into her own hands by killing Heidi and cutting her heart out to give to the Coach as a gift.
  • Blessed with Suck: In Mother's Day, as the women all around Kate are resorting to bizarre measures in order to get pregnant, she could get pregnant whenever she wanted to. Trouble is, she never wants to.
  • Body Horror: The Easter Bunny/Jesus has a pair of holes in his hands from which chicks emerge. And the little girl's taking his place heavily implies this.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Heidi of Valentine's Day thinks it's a good idea to keep heckling the silent, disturbing kid who is always armed with the boxcutter her father killed himself with! Even when Maxine is giving off plenty of overt warning signs that she is going to snap and make Heidi pay, Heidi still doesn't get it.
  • Cosmic Horror: The events of Father's Day are dictated by a total solar eclipse, heavily implying this.
  • Constantly Curious: While being tucked in at night, the little girl in Easter continuously asks her mom questions about Easter, to which the latter responds by telling her to get some sleep.
  • Creepy Child: Grainne of St. Patrick's Day. Given who her relatives seem to be and the fact that she doesn't seem to age or grow despite well over a year passing, it's entirely possible that she's not human, or at least not fully so.
  • Dark Messiah: The religion in Father's Day seems to follow one of these, as indicated by the awed, reverent tones with which Carol's father speaks of his once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet "him" and the fact that he abandoned his family in order to do so.
    • Easter makes a Dark Messiah out of none other than THE Messiah!
  • Disappeared Dad: The theme of Father's Day and mentioned in both Valentine's Day and Easter.
  • Evil Redhead: Grainne of St. Patrick's Day. Liz begins to qualify as well as she acts more and more deranged as her pregnancy progresses.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Yeah, Carol. That's not your father.
  • Fan Disservice: In Christmas, Pete uses the VR machine to enjoy a blowjob from a beautiful porn actress, which then promptly gets switched to footage of the machine's original owner dying as Pete steals the machine and leaves him for dead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Reggie and Jean of New Year's Eve, which might be why their profiles matched so well.
  • Foot Focus: When Heidi prepares to leave the locker room in Valentine's Day there's a shot of her slipping her bare feet into flip flops. Actually a Chekhov's Gun for when we later see her flip flop go flying off in the mud, causing her to fall and ultimately dooming her.
  • Gainax Ending: Mother's Day and Father's Day each have one. Then there's the ending of St. Patrick's Day that just has to be seen to be believed.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In Halloween when Ian is forced to cut off his penis, it cuts to one of his former victims cutting open a Hot Pocket.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The theme of the entire anthology of course, but especially prevalent in Father's Day whose events happen in relation to a solar eclipse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Girl in Easter doesn't understand the relationship between Jesus and the Easter Bunny. It's worse than she can imagine.
  • Jerkass: Ian in Halloween is a gigantic dick to the camgirls he employs.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: The scene where Liz gives birth in "St. Patrick's Day" is marked "Day 396". Justified by the fact that supernatural forces are involved here.
  • Mayincatec: Clues throughout Mother's Day indicate that the pagan gods of Central America are involved.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The camgirls in Halloween become fed up with Ian's treatment of them and get revenge on him.
  • Mood Whiplash: St. Patrick's Day gets very dark very quickly and all signs point toward a Body Horror finale. How it actually ends is quite lighthearted, but no less disturbing.
  • Murder by Inaction: Pete lets the Businessman die from a heart attack and takes away the VR gadget instead of calling for help.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In Christmas, Pete's confession to Sarah gets her sexually excited for him for the first time in a while. The Reveal that she killed her boss as revenge for not giving her a promotion means she's not exactly "good" either.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never see what happens after Carol meets "him", or what happened to her father when he met "him" in Father's Day.
  • Precocious Crush: Teenage Maxine is attracted to her forty-something teacher.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Ian attempts it in Halloween and gets some particularly sadistic punishment in return.
  • Religious Horror: Easter is blasphemous from start to end, but reaches its peak when the Doubting Thomas story from the Bible is reenacted, except in this case, "Thomas" is a little girl and "Jesus" is a crucified human/rabbit hybrid.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted in St. Patrick's Day.
  • Schmuck Bait: Had Carol in Father's Day been able to think rationally about it, she would have known that a decades-old tape with specific instructions telling her what to do in the future that was delivered by mysterious unseen agents couldn't possibly lead her anywhere good.
    • In Christmas the VR machine lures Pete with pornography, then starts tormenting him with the evil act he committed.
  • Sadist: Heidi of Valentine's Day has no qualms in torturing and bullying Max for her own amusement, even if it means hurting her.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Jean of New Year's Eve unknowingly becomes one.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Blonde Alpha Bitch Heidi in Valentine's Day wears a red hair scrunchie, just like Heather Chandler. Also, a member of her Girl Posse wears a red baseball cap with her hair in braids, like Norma Watson in the 1976 version of Carrie.
    • In St. Patrick's Day, both Liz and her sister compare Grainne's father to Danny Zuko.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: The shorts, somewhat unusually for an anthology, are pretty varied in their placement on the scale. Halloween is entirely comedy; St. Patrick's Day is largely comedic, but with a pronounced horror undertone; Christmas and New Year's Eve are a largely even balance of horror and Black Comedy; Valentine's Day and Easter are chiefly horror, but arguably have some slightly light elements to them; Mother's Day and Father's Day are straight horror.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In Valentine's Day, appropriately enough.
  • Surreal Horror: Father's Day has some strong elements of this. St Patrick's Day too, arguably, though that's more Surreal Humor.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The crux of Valentine's Day.
  • Torture Porn: Halloween. The brief shot in Christmas of Sarah sawing away at her boss Ed with an electric knife also counts.

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