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Holliston – Season 2 (Blu-ray)

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Holliston - Season 2 (Blu-ray)Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Corri English, Laura Ortiz, Dee Snider, Dave Brockie

Directed by Adam Green, Sean Becker

Written by Adam Green

Distributed by Image Entertainment


During its debut season, fans absolutely fell in love with Adam Green’s horror-flavored sitcom, “Holliston”. Both genre fans and non-horror folks alike found something that they loved about this quirky little show they watched on FEARnet, FEARnet.com or iTunes. There was just something so precious about this cast of characters that made them easy to fall in love with. Fans of the show will be glad to know that everything that attracted them about Season One of “Holliston” is back for the sophomore effort, and more.

Season Two of “Holliston” is a quantum leap forward for a show that was already very, very good. Season Two shows incredible progress. Green’s writing is sharp as always, but it’s so much more focused. The plotlines are strong and the story is moving forward. No longer is “Holliston” about the random misadventures of the cast. Now it’s about the random misadventures of the cast, but it happens among a much bigger story arc. Being the intense planner that he is, Green must certainly had this arc in mind during the first year of the show, but as viewers it was hard to really pick up on it. It just seemed like a very funny show that went one episode at a time. Now “Holliston” has real direction. And with this newfound substance, the characters become even more enjoyable. We’re now more in tune with the wants and needs of each of the four main characters of the show and this gives them a real depth they didn’t have in the past.

Several storylines run through “Holliston, Season 2″. There’s Laura’s acceptance to art school in Germany and Joe’s insistence that she doesn’t go. Adam is back in the dating scene and seems to be enjoying his experiences, while Corri is having real trouble adjusting to life without Adam’s constant attention. The Mass Cable Company is closing, which will leave the boys without a job and several new regular characters are added, including Green’s real-life spouse Rileah Vanderbilt.

A great arc this year is the season actually shows viewers the process of making a movie. As the episodes roll along, we see the boys going through actual steps they would have to take to make their short movie, Shinpads…”When they score, you die.” From putting together the cast to green screening special F/X, right up to premiering at a farm…film festival, it’s all covered in “Holliston: Season 2″.

But they don’t stop there, the show also does a bunch of theme episodes (where do they fit all this in with just 10 episodes is beyond me). There’s a found-footage episode, an animated episode and even a werewolf ep. These all come off as fantastic parodies that the cast does a great job with, especially Corri English and Laura Ortiz who are always good for a laugh.

All these improvements to the show are wonderful, but the best news is Season Two, “Holliston” is still really, really funny. Green, Joe Lynch, English and Ortiz play off each other so well it’s amazing. And the show is fast. You’ve really got to pay attention or you are sure to miss a joke or horror reference one of the cast members slide in. Dee Snider’s Lance Rockett gets laughs every time he steps on the screen, as does Dave Brockie as his alter ego, Oderus Urungus. As the writer’s mouthpiece to say just about anything he wants and get away with it (see the infamous Kurt Cobain line if you need proof that Oderus has no boundaries) Oderus is hilarious and apt to say anything at any time. Although other characters do say some outrageous things from time to time, you can always count on Oderus to be vile and slay the audience.

Another aspect of the first season of “Holliston” the fans loved were the great cameos by horror celebrities. And once again, Season 2 is loaded with them. Returning from Season One are Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Seth Green and Danielle Harris. And viewers will now love appearances by David Naughton, Bailey Madison, Paul Solet and James Gunn.

The Blu-ray special features will give you a great behind-the-scenes experience. In addition to the 10 full episodes of Season 2, you get the beloved “Holliston: Christmas Episode”. This is like a bridge between Seasons 1 and 2 and, even though much of it is a flashback episode, it can be marked as the moment where the quality of the show moved to the next level. Also each episode can be watched with a commentary track featuring members of the cast and crew. There are also a bunch of deleted scenes, bloopers, music videos and footage from the “Holliston” panel at the Rock and Shock horror convention where the entire cast held a live reading, complete with audience members and surprise celebrity guests. The presentation resulted in a standing ovation from the packed house.

“Holliston, Season 2″ takes a fantastic idea and builds greatly upon it. The show possesses such heart and has built a large and rabid fanbase and this Blu-ray is a complete look at everything the show has to offer. It’s touching, it’s hilarious, it’s gross and it’s for horror fans. A sit-com by horror fans, for horror fans. Who would have ever thought something like this would ever exist? “Holliston” continues to shine in Season 2 and this Blu-ray is a great way to enjoy it.

Special Features

  • Uncut Holliston: Christmas Episode
  • Episode specific commentary tracks
  • Blooper reel
  • Music videos
  • “Holliston” panel at the Rock and Shock horror convention

    Season:

    4 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    4 out of 5

    Discuss “Holliston” in the comments section below!

  • Scott Hallam

    • FutureZombie

      I’m with the group on this one. I just don’t see what draws viewers to this show. The blonde is hot, but that’s about it… just throw-away horror references and canned laughter. How ’bout we focus on another Hatchet film instead, huh guys?

    • addeisdead

      I guess I am in the camp of those who just find the show mildly entertaining. To me, most of the jokes aren’t any better than standard mainstream sitcom fare. How many times did they expect us to laugh because someone called Corri old or slutty, or because Laura painted something weird or referenced her family, or because Adam was just being a sappy wimp? This happened several times each episode. I just find Adam and Joe to be completely uninteresting as protagonists anyway. What keeps me watching for the most part are the guest stars, the gimmick episodes (though I hated the cartoon), and the horror references.

    • Cash Bailey

      When I heard Green and Lynch were doing a comedy series I was hoping it would be a single camera deal, akin to their ‘Road to Frightfest’ shorts. with HOLLISTON I’m still having a tough time getting over the multi-cam sitcom format, which I just detest in general.

      I don’t find most of the the jokes particularly funny (apart from Oderus) but the cast is so likeable and the show is fast enough that I find it very easy to enjoy.

      • GODFLESH69

        Two of my favorite things are Horror & metal so i thought I would love this show, but I just dont find it funny. A show like Workaholics makes me laugh this show is just not that funny (IMO) ,Oh well enjoy.

    • Jinx

      Brilliant show. Love the cast, love the writing, love the heart. And Doctor Gash is right – the second season ups the quality and hilarity from the already very good (if admittedly flawed) Season 1.

      Here’s hoping Green and Co. find a way to keep the show going, even with the absence of Dave Brockie.

    • GODFLESH69

      I gave this show a couple watches i dig all the horror references but found it to be boring and not funny at all.Has it gotten better or am i just not getting it? RIP Oderus Urungus

      • Terminal

        It’s not you, I think the show is just mediocre too. The first season stunk and the second season is good until Adam Green shoe horns his wife in to the show.

        I’d give this season a three knife score.