HOLIDAY HELL (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘Unwrap your worst nightmare’

Holiday Hell is a 2019 American horror anthology film in which a shopkeeper (Jeffrey Combs) narrates four horror tales, each set during a different holiday.

Directed by Jeremy Berg, David Burns, Jeff Ferrell (Dead West; Ghostlight) and Jeff Vigil from a screenplay written by Ferrell and Vigil.

The Black Sunday Productions movie stars Jeffrey Combs (Would You Rather; Re-Animator), Joel Murray (Hatchet), Jeff Bryan Davis (Killer Pad), Lisa Coronado (Twin Peaks) and Meagan Karimi-Naser (Dead West).


On Christmas Eve, a woman enters a curiosity shop looking for a last-minute gift. There, she meets a mysterious shopkeeper (Jeffrey Combs) who tells her the horrific stories behind four objects in the shop.

As he weaves tales of killer dolls, witches and psycho Santas, the woman senses she might be in danger. She has until midnight to choose her gift, but will she choose wisely?


Holiday Hell will then be available on Tubi exclusive October 15th onwards and Digital and DVD November 5th from Uncork’d Entertainment.


“Thanks to some okay acting here and there, Holiday Hell mostly holds its mouth above sea level without swallowing too much water. Factoring in two decent, if trifling segments, and two total duds, I’ll split the score at 50/100, which errs on the generous side for an anthology this skeletal.” Culture Crypt

“A dollface mask, bloody Kris Kringle robe, ugly dummy – no signs of “holiday hell” horror detected, folks. Not to mention inexpressively drab production designs that never confirm you’re watching horror shorts based on holidays, which may be the most disappointing note out of this entire anthology snoozefest.” Flickering Myth

” …it’s not great by any means, but it comes nowhere close to the depths some of the more dire anthologies have come. all of the stories could have been a bit shorter and used more gore, but they’re all fairly watchable.” Letterboxd

“OK, so the stories within this film may be cliched and yes there’s not really any surprises in any of the four tales (well, apart from a plot device/reveal in the first short) but that doesn’t stop Holiday Hell from being both a fantastic holiday horror and a fantastic horror anthology. It’s incredibly well-made for a low-budget genre film…” Nerdly

Cast and characters:
Jeffrey Combs … The Shopkeeper
Joel Murray … Chris
Jeff Bryan Davis … Tom
Amber Stonebraker … Lisa
Lisa Coronado … Janet
Ailsa Marshall … Susan
Brian Sutherland … Trey
Meagan Karimi-Naser … Amelia
Reza Leal-Smartt … Sandy
Scott C. Brown … Ned
Charnie Dondrea … Chyna
Natasha Duvall … Mandy
McKenna Ralston … Anna
Lisa Carswell … Lavinia
Jeffrey Arrington … Robert
Forrest Campbell … Kevin
Mandy Stockholm … Shelly
Maeve Campbell … Crissy
Connor Fogarty … Kenny
Malia Priem … Mira
James Chrosniak … Paul
Cami Ottman … Julie
Tom Stewart … Stan
Jordan Nancarrow … Jon
Jordan Kerbs … Drunk woman
Mandy Baker … Donaldson’s Secretary
James Mesher … Mr Donaldson

Technical details:
1 hour 40 minutes

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