Holidays is what Trick r Treat might have been if Michael Dougherty’s Halloween feature wasn’t as organized or at all connected. An anthology film that features a special story for eight of the major American celebrated holidays; Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Some are good and some are bad, but most are too short to be either. The biggest issue of Holidays is how short all the skits are in order to fit them all in a 106-minute movie. It leaves each one feeling like an underdeveloped flash fiction piece.
The St. Patrick’s segment falls somewhere in between. Despite its bonkers ending, the skit is actually pretty good. It incorporates some of the old myths of the holiday including Saint Patrick’s role in ridding Ireland of “snakes”, a metaphor for paganism, and the dark wish-granting power of leprechauns and forest fairies.
A schoolteacher encounters a strange child that grants her one wish, only it doesn’t go the way she expects. It’s a creepy folklore version of Rosemary’s Baby that features bits of druidism as well as the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, although as I said, the ending is bizarre.
3. Red Clover
A cheap and silly horror film that feels like it came from The Leprechaun universe. It doesn’t help that its alternative titles are Leprechaun’s Revenge and St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun, but I guarantee that it’s not part of the franchise, even though the quality is pretty much the same. Released on March 17, 2012, as a TV movie on the Syfy Channel, Red Clover is about a young woman who accidentally releases a homicidal leprechaun that’s linked to a dark moment in the town’s past.
Some 60 years earlier on St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechaun went on a horrific massacre that devastated the town, forcing them to forgo all festivities of the holiday. They imprisoned him in a book, because that always works, but now, he’s back and is killing again. It’s up to the town sheriff and his daughter, the girl who set it free, to save everyone. It’s a simple little horror film that doesn’t require much focus, but it’s cheery and fun. Something to fill up an hour and a half of your time.