Holiday Hell – USA, 2019 – with initial reviews and release news

‘Unwrap your worst nightmare’

Holiday Hell is a 2019 American horror anthology feature 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).

Plot:

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?

Release:

Holiday Hell will be hitting screens big and small in October. The theatrical season begins October 11th with L.A (October 11-17; Laemmle Monica Film Center), Portland (October 26 & 27) and Seattle (November 1-7). More theatrical sessions to be announced.

LA – Oct 11-17 – Laemmle Monica Film Center
Portland – Oct 26 & 27 – Clinton Street Theater
Seattle – Nov 1-7 – Grand Illusion Cinema

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

Reviews:

“To no shock, Combs works through his role as a professional only to meet a finale that – once again – culminates exactly as predicted. 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
  • Thomas Brophy … Guy at bar
  • 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:

100 minutes

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