How the Filmmakers Behind Horror Anthology 'Holidays' Use Genre to Thwart Expectations [PODCAST]

For the 'Holidays' filmmakers, the key to making great horror lies in flipping tropes on their head to keep audiences on their toes. 

Last week, I got the chance to sit down with several of the impressive line-up of genre directors from the new horror anthology film Holidays, during its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Joining me on the podcast are Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (​The PactAt The Devil's Door), Dracula Untold director Gary Shore and the man in charge of piecing the whole thing together director/producer Adam Egypt Mortimer

It seems like we're seeing a lot more anthology and omnibus films lately, as audiences continue a millennial-inspired love affair with short form content. This is a good trend for aspiring filmmakers on many fronts. It can give us higher exposure, more opportunities to break-through into the festival scene, and most importantly, it's a form that allows for quite a bit of experimentation. It's this experimentation which the directors of Holidays, now on VOD, cherished most. Our discussion ranged from Shore's (somewhat easy) decision to go from directing a studio blockbuster back to indie shorts, respecting (or ignoring) influences in filmic history, and how challenges on set end up benefitting your creative drive. 

If you're a horror fan, or a filmmaker looking to venture into genre, this is not one to miss.



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Is this the same concept of 'Creep Show' or Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' movie?

April 25, 2016 at 7:29AM

Timothy Cook
Self employed storyteller.


There's a short for each of these 'Holidays':
Valentine's Day (written & directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer)
St. Patrick's Day (written & directed by Gary Shore)
Easter (written & directed by Nicholas McCarthy)
Mother's Day (written & directed by Sarah Adina Smith)
Father's Day (written & directed by Anthony Scott Burns)
Halloween (written & directed by Kevin Smith)
Christmas (written & directed by Scott Stewart)
New Year's Eve (written by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer; directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer)

April 25, 2016 at 12:59PM, Edited April 25, 1:00PM

Jon Fusco
Senior Producer