Short Film - 2017 - 4 Minutes

In the final act of a slasher film, Bruce attempts to reclaim his manliness and impress the final girl by finishing off the killer.


Writer/Director/Producer: Nicholas Payne Santos

DP/Producer: Kyle I. Kelley

Producer: Matthew John Lawrence

Assistant Director: Kristy Richman

Assistant Camera: Gina Hackett

Location Sound: Brian Velsor

Sound Design/Mix: Jordan Eusebio

Makeup Artist: Shondell Baijoo

Production Assistant: Jason Savio

Original Score: COSMIC MONSTER



Emily: Rebeca Robles

Bruce: Eric Whitten

Killer Santa: Ben Elder




At the end of September 2016, I sat down to write a script like no other I'd written before: a feel-good romantic comedy. By Halloween, the screenplay had morphed into a meta-horror-comedy about machismo in film. Not exactly what I set out to write, but a story that spoke to me, nonetheless. As a kid, my friends and I had movie marathons every weekend, renting VHS tapes from the local Blockbuster's horror section. HOLIDAY FEAR picks up at the very end of a typical Slasher movie, where the killer is seemingly dead, but wakes up with a vengeance just as the heroes thought they were safe. The film takes on what it means to be a man in a relationship while poking fun at the genre that I love.