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.



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Director's Notes



Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada) - Telluride Horror Show - FilmQuest - Ithaca Fantastik - Nightmares Film Festival - Panic Fest

Other Worlds/Under Worlds Austin (Best Short Director) - Sin City Horror Festival (Best Short, Actor & Actress) - ScareLA

Portland Horror Film Festival - TromaDance - GenreBlast II  - Upstate New York Horror Fest (Best NY Mini-Short) - Fargo Fantastic Festival

Buried Alive Festival - Bushwick Film Festival - Iron Mule Comedy Fest - Die Laughing Film Festival - Coney Island Film Festival

South Texas Underground Film Festival - Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival - Killer Valley Horror Film Festival - Fear Fete

Twin Cities Horror Festival - Nevermore Film Festival - Spooky Empire's International Horror Film Festival - Sick'n'Wrong Fest

Negative Fest - SpookScreen (Ireland) - BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Festival - Spooky Film Festival - NOLA Horror Film Fest

Indie Horror Film Festival - Landshut Short Film Festival (Germany) - Fake Flesh Film Festival (Canada) - Stuff MX (Mexico)

Terror in the Bay Film Festival (Canada) - Little Terrors, Toronto (Canada) - Ottawa Spookshow & Fantastic Film Festival (Canada)

Monsters of Films (Sweden) - El Vampirascopio (Mexico) - Montevideo Fantastic Film Festival (Uruguay) - IndieWorks (NYC)

TRASH - 9th International Fantastic Film Festival (Brazil) - LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest (Puerto Rico)

Poster by Alex Flannery

Poster by Alex Flannery





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

Horizontal Poster: Dan McCann



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.