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







Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada), Telluride Horror Show, FilmQuest, Nightmares Film Festival, GenreBlast II

Portland Horror Film Festival, Iron Mule Comedy Fest, Bushwick Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival

NOLA Horror Fest, Fargo Fantastic Fest, Stuff MX (Mexico), LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest (Puerto Rico)

Ottawa Spookshow & Fantastic Film Festival, Sin City Horror Festival, Sick'N'Wrong Fest, Upstate New York Horror Festival




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.