In the “Christmas” chapter of the new horror anthology Holidays, Seth Green plays a father whose desperation to buy his kid the “uVu,” a virtual reality gadget, has dire consequences when the device starts reminding his character of the evil deed he committed to secure it. Written and directed by Scott Stewart (Legion) and costarring Green’s wife Clare Grant (Black Snake Moan), the tale is one of a half-dozen yarns which find different filmmakers — including Kevin Smith and Some Kind of Hate director Adam Egypt Mortimer — locating the horror in what should theoretically be among the most joyous days of the year.
“We’re friends with one of the producers and it just sounded like a really interesting project,” says Green. “The script was both fun and really different from anything I had gotten to do in a while on-camera. I act with Clare whenever possible. I think she’s a terrific actress and also far funnier than she’s gotten to play. We especially enjoy getting to play characters that have marital discord or [laughs] like to pick fights with each other. That’s really funny. Scott came with a very clear vision for what he wanted it to be, but didn’t have any resistance to our creativity on set. We had a blast.”
Given Green’s lengthy list of acting credits, which includes playing Scott Evil in the Austin Powers films and voicing Chris Griffin on Family Guy, he hasn’t appeared in too many horror movies. But he did make a memorable terror-tale mark in filmmaker Rodman Flender’s 1999 cult horror-stoner-comedy, Idle Hands. “I loved making that movie,” says Green. “It was a bunch of super-talented people and we just had a blast. It was almost all practical effects. It felt like a real twisted monster movie.”
Green is, of course, also the cocreator of the pop culture-lampooning Robot Chicken, whose eighth season is currently airing on Adult Swim. Can the puppetmaster tease any upcoming sketches? “We’ve had lots of people come in to do some really crazy things,” he says. “One of my favorite episodes of the season is coming up May 1. I don’t want to tease anything about it. But I will say that we’ve done something with Breaking Bad that no one has done.”
Holidays receives its world premiere on April 14 at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea, New York as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Green’s segment is also being featured at Tribeca’s “Virtual Arcade,” where visitors will be able to test out VR technology for themselves. Holidays will debut on VOD April 15, theatrically on April 22.
You can see the trailer for the film, below.