Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films have announced today their acquisition of global distribution rights for the horror anthology “Holidays,” which will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release for the feature, which will kick off the day after its premiere, on April 15, with worldwide digital and VOD platforms, followed by a targeted U.S. theatrical release on April 22. This marks one of the first global launches of a day-and-date independent film campaign following a festival world premiere.
Per its official synopsis, the film is “an anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time. The film challenges our folklore, traditions and assumptions, making ‘Holidays’ a celebration of the horror on those same special days’ year after year. A collaboration of some of Hollywood’s most distinct voices, the directors include Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Scott Stewart, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Sarah Adina Smith, Nicholas McCarthy, Adam Egypt Mortimer and Anthony Scott Burns.”
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Of the news, Rich Goldberg, Vertical’s Co-President, commented, “This has been a project that we’ve been excited about since it was announced in production. With the expansive list of amazing filmmakers, their unique take on the horror anthology genre, and in addition to the recent Tribeca premiere announcement we found ourselves with an amazing opportunity to get involved on a global basis. We have an extremely tight window to get the film out to audiences in April, but we have a dedicated team here at Vertical as well as with our partners XYZ and Distant Corners, what I believe will be the first film available globally immediately after its festival premiere.”
Producer John Hegemony added, “It’s so exciting to have Vertical be proactive and jump on board. I couldn’t think of better partners then them and XYZ to be taking advantage of this great opportunity. First the Tribeca acceptance, now this. This is fantastic.”
You can check out the film’s first official trailer above.
Vertical and XYZ are also collaborating on a number of other exciting genre offerings, including “Headshot” and the Sundance hit “Under the Shadow.”