A couple of weeks back we shared with you news of a holiday themed horror anthology on the way, which would be directed by names like Kevin Smith, Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and Starry Eyes directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch.
Bloody Disgusting have now revealed that the Starry Eyes directors will take charge of the Valentines segment of the anthology, which will also incorporate traditional holidays like Christmas and Easter.
“We like to tell stories about obsessive characters that end in ways the audience may find dark– but from the perspective of these unstable characters, actually are happy endings,” Widmyer tells us BD. “Sort of like morbid fairy tales. Valentine’s Day is the perfect setting for a story of this nature. What better subject matter to explore themes of obsession than love? It provides the perfect tapestry for weaving a twisted tale of a love so sickly sweet it will touch your inner fiend.”
Holidays will focus on traditional holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Days, and the anthology has lined up a great team of directors including Kevin Smith (Red State, Tusk), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At the Devil’s Door), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Sarah Smith (The midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns.
More directors will be announced in the coming weeks.
Deadline were first to reveal any details:
Indie production and sales outfit XYZ Films is teaming with John Hegeman’s newly-launched genre label, Distant Corners Entertainment, to produce feature anthology, Holidays. A group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day
The cast is expected to feature well-known names.
XYZ will launch global sales at the EFM this week. The project is already in production and reteams XYZ with Smith after Tusk and Yoga Hosers, as well as Johnson whose Operation Avalanche will be released by Lionsgate this year.
“Holidays is a great opportunity for some of the most creative and twisted minds in the genre space today to really let loose and have fun,” said Hegeman. This is the first project going into production for Distant Corners, which aims to launch four-six genre franchise properties annually.
Hegeman will produce Holidays with Tim Connors and Adam Egypt Mortimer, along with XYZ’s Kyle Franke and Aram Tertzakian. Executive producers are Will Rowbotham, writers Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari, and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer.
Shore will produce his segment through his company, ArtCastle Productions, with producing partner Jonathan Loughran. Funding for Holidays was secured through James Avery of Aldwych Capital Partners.