Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films are embracing seasonal scares by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Holidays. Featuring segments from directors including Kevin Smith and Starry Eyes’ Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the horror anthology now has VOD and theatrical release dates and is teased in a new trailer.

Holidays will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th, and fans won't have to wait long to see it at home, either, as the film will be released on digital and VOD platforms on April 15th, followed by a theatrical release beginning April 22nd:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films have partnered to acquire the global distribution of the horror anthology HOLIDAYS, which was produced by John Hegeman’s Distant Corners Entertainment in association with XYZ Films. The film will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14th. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release, which will begin the next day on April 15th with worldwide digital and VOD platforms followed by a targeted U.S. theatrical release on April 22nd. This will be one of the first global launches of a day-and-date independent film campaign following a festival world premiere.

Here is the official debut of the trailer for the film:

HOLIDAYS 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 (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (TheMidnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet).

“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” said Rich Goldberg, Vertical’s Co-President. “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.”

“We’re targeting our core audience directly on a worldwide basis,” said XYZ. “It’s a new distribution model that fits this film perfectly. We’re lucky to have forward-thinking filmmakers and partners that are up for breaking the mold.”

“It’s so exciting to have Vertical be proactive and jump on board.” adds HOLIDAYS producer John Hegeman, “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.”

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Vertical and XYZ previously announced their collaboration on the global release alongside Japanese studio Nikkatsu for the action film HEADSHOT, which is currently in production in Indonesia with the Mo Brothers directing and starring RAID & RAID 2 star Iko Uwais. They will also collaborate on the release of the Sundance hit UNDER THE SHADOW, the Farsi-language horror-thriller from director Babak Anvari.

XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.

Vertical Entertainment serves a unique role in the industry by operating as one of the leading independent distributors and as a full-service content marketing company dedicated to providing highly effective end-to-end solutions.  Vertical has unparalleled relationships in both the content and retailer communities to service a variety of revenue streams throughout North America including theatrical markets, DVD, Blu-ray, digital, electronic sell-through, streaming, VOD, PPV, Pay and Free TV.  With the combined distribution, marketing, and sales expertise of Co-President’s Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, and VP of Acquisitions & Marketing Peter Jarowey, Vertical offers its content partners a truly dynamic advantage. Recent and current titles include “He Never Died” starring Henry Rollins; “Frank and Cindy” starring Oliver Platt and Rene Russo; “Playing It Cool” starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, and Anthony Mackie; “The Calling” with Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace; “Home Sweet Hell” starring Katherine Heigl, Patrick Wilson, and Jordana Brewster; and “Into the Grizzly Maze” starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Distant Corners Entertainment is an independent entertainment company that focuses on developing, producing and managing genre and alternative franchise properties across all media platforms. Distant Corners mandate is to produce 2-4 franchise properties annually. Distant Corners is run by founder John Hegeman.

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