The new horror anthology Holidays (out on VOD and via digital platforms on April 15) pays terror-tribute to eight calendar highlights, including Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and St. Patrick’s Day, which is, of course, just around the corner. The latter segment concerns a student who discovers she is pregnant with something not human and stars Ruth Bradley (Humans), Isolt McCaffrey, and Peter Campion.
“If the pop culture Gods like Family Guy and The Simpsons are to be believed, then Ireland is a nation of hairy-cheeked, drunken, simpletons, who eat their own children,” the tale’s Irish writer-director Gary Shore (Dracula Untold) said in a statement. “Whilst the last part of that statement is offensive and out of touch with the times, St. Patrick’s Day has come to be known as the holy day (in Ireland at least) where it’s ok to get drunk, belligerent and fight with your neighbor, which the rest of the world has enthusiastically adopted as their own ‘hall pass’ holiday. I was keen to avoid this type story and instead focus on the legend of St. Patrick, who apparently chased all of the snakes out of Ireland, and tell the story of a modern-day pagan conspiracy to repatriate the band of refugee reptiles of yore with the land they once ruled by impregnating unsuspecting women with snakes.”
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Shore’s fellow Holidays directors are Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), Kevin Smith (Tusk), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), and Starry Eyes filmmakers Kevin Kölsch, and Dennis Widmyer. The film receives its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14 and will have a limited theatrical release beginning April 22.
You can watch an exclusive teaser for the St. Patrick’s Day segment of Holidays above and see a new still from the movie, below.