Film fans in Dublin spoiled for scares for Halloween 2019

If you love all things spooky, scary and/or skeleton-adjacent like we do here on Film In Dublin, then the month of October is basically your Christmas. And if your version of Halloween involves packing in as many scary movies as people during the month that’s in it, you’re spoiled for choice in the fair city of film over the next couple of weeks. There’s no shortage of alluring screenings to come from the likes of the Light House, the IFI and more. And as an extra little something-something, there’s a unique event coming to town for Halloween 2019 courtesy of a director who knows a thing or two about things that go bump in the night. Check out our guide to Halloween 2019 in the fair city of film.

The Light House Cinema have announced their season of horror classics for Halloween 2019 and it’s a great selection as always. From the atmospheric dread of The Shining and The Haunting to cheesy crowd-pleasers like Hocus Pocus and slashers Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer there’s plenty of selection to cater to every kind of film fan. A screening of 90s high school bodysnatcher story The Faculty is the kind of deep-cut we love to see, while cult curators Hollywood Babylon will be showing American Psycho and Grindhouse Dublin will have John Carpenter’s Lovecraft love letter In The Mouth of Madness on offer this month at the Smithfield cinema as well. Halloween season at the Light House runs from the 12 – 31st October and you can check out the full selection of screenings below. See here for booking info.


MANDY (From 12th October 2019)

THE SHINING (From 18th October 2019)



THE FACULTY (From 23rd October 2019)

BLADE 35MM (From 26th October 2019)

HOCUS POCUS (From 26th October 2019)

FINAL DESTINATION (From 27th October 2019)

THE MUMMY (From 27th October 2019)

SCREAM (From 27th October 2019)

CINEMA BOOK CLUB: THE HAUNTING (From 28th October 2019)

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (From 31st October 2019)


The Horrorthon at the Irish Film Institute always ensures great viewing. The IFI pull together some of the horror highlights from the festival circuit in Ireland and abroad and combine them into a formidably frightening programme of films. Zombie-comedy Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o is among the eye-catchers of this year’s Horrorthon, which runs from October 24th – 28th. You can get check out the full schedule with a whopping 34 films on show and find details on full festival passes/multi-film deals by getting in touch with the IFI Box Office.

A local highlight every Halloween in Dublin is the Bram Stoker Festival, an annual tribute to the Dracula author from his home town. Film screenings are often a feature of the fest and this year is no exception, with the Meeting House Square in Temple Bar holding host to showings of The Craft, An American Werewolf in London and The Lost Boys taking place nightly between the 25th – 27th. Each film will be proceeded by Irish horror short The Early House, put together by Derek O’Connor and Ian Whelan especially for the festival. Glen is a troubled teenager with one thing on his mind… revenge! An after-hours Dublin boozer plays host to a nest of vampires in this new short horror-comedy. See details of all screenings here.

Finally, at the end of the month, something a bit different is coming to Dublin as Neil Marshall, the director of The Descent and Dog Soldiers, helps open a “haunted bar” experience on Clanbrassil Street. Each aspect of the bar has been tailored by the horror director to scare those who are brave enough to visit, including the story, the characters, the sets and even the drinks (we can neither confirm nor deny that Kraken Rum is a frightening prospect for your internal organs).

‘The Kraken Screamfest: The Director’s Cut’ will be taking place on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November – with more information to be revealed closer to the date of Halloween. The event is 60 minutes in duration and tickets include three cocktails. Tickets are €10 and are available now from Eventbrite.

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About Luke Dunne

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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