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Directed by: André Øvredal Starring: Zoe Colletti,Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush,Austin Zajur Runtime: 108 mins

With much of the summer’s horror focus on the highly anticipated It: Chapter 2, it was always going to take something special to divert the audiences’ attention from the second adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller. Despite Guillermo del Toro’s involvement as producer, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark didn’t garner as much buzz as this summer’s other horror blockbusters enjoyed. It wouldn’t be fair to call this a debut from Norwegian director André Øvredal, with the mildly received but competently made The Autopsy of Jane Doe attached to his name in 2016. However, it is fair to say that this is the first time the director has been tested in a way that may definitively shape his future horror filmography.

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The Irish Film Institute’s annual Horrorthon is just one week away, a mix of bloody madness and mayhem that showcases a diverse range of horror films from Ireland and abroad. With plenty of Irish premieres, a couple of Q&As, shorts, surprises and a looot of blood, the IFI Horrorthon 2018 is set to be another great, gruesome festival of horror. We’ve picked out a few of the festivals highlights, and we’ve got the full programme for you to look through.

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With television shows like Stranger Things receiving so much attention and accolades and the latest film version of It having the biggest horror opening of all time, earning over £9,884,000 across 604 cinemas in the UK and Ireland since it’s release, it’s safe to say that interest in the works of Stephen King is pretty high right now. Apart from The Dark Tower. No doubt every Hollywood studio is sifting through the archives to see what they own the rights to so they can green-light new versions of King’s book asap, but you needn’t wait that long if you’ve seen It and want more of King’s imagination put forth on the big screen, as the Light House Cinema will be spending Halloween season showing film versions of classic King stories.

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Director: Andy Muschietti Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff Running Time: 135 minutes


 

Somewhere in the recesses of my memory a spectre of Tim Curry lurks, a cackling lunatic in clown make up who probably contributed to some lost hours of sleep. 27 years on from Tommy Lee Wallace’s TV miniseries, Stephen King’s grizzly, shapeshifting child killer is back, this time played by Bill Skarsgård and ably assisted by special effects a world removed from the 1990 miniseries.

Working from one of King’s most formidable books (1400 pages depending on the edition) this modern update, from Mama director Andy Muschietti, covers the first half of the novel, where a band of American children face off against a shape-shifting demon, predominantly appearing as a gleefully murderous clown named Pennywise.

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