The IFI Horrorthon 2020 brings new and old chills and spills from around the world

The full schedule of films screening online for the IFI Horrorthon 2020 is now available. From October 22nd – 26th, a host of horrors will be made available online, with the Irish Film Institute keeping their annual ode to the genre alive.

60s sci-fi, man-eating demons and a host of home-brewed horrors will be on offer at IFI@Home for the IFI Horrorthon 2020. 22 feature films from around the world, as well as a selection of shorts, will be available on demand during the staggered festival dates. The festival’s opening on the 22nd will also have a treat for horror fans in the form of a recorded Q&A with the legendary director Joe Dante.

The Horrorthon is set to begin with Matthew John Lawrence’s horror comedy Uncle Peckerhead, about a man-eating demon tag along as a punk band’s driver. A new Irish feature gets a prominent slot on the Friday, as Damien McCarthy’s Cork-based Caveat will screen from the 23rd. Filmed in Bantry, West Cork, the film tells the story of a man suffering from memory loss who accepts a job caring for a woman in an isolated and abandoned house. Just this week the film opened the IndieCork Film Festival.

Speaking about this year’s festival, Horrorthon spokesman Mick Fox has said,


“In a very, very tough year it was the hardest Horrorthon to put together, but having persevered and sought out truly great titles, the festival is an achievement we did not expect, and is one that we feel will not let the fans down. The main goal was not to disappoint anyone by not having a festival this year, but to fight on, and make it the best event possible, and that’s exactly what it is. Everyone’s in for a great time!”

Other features screening at this festival include Charlie Steeds’s hotly-anticipated Death Ranch, which centres on three African American siblings on the run who unwittingly find themselves hiding out on the property of a cannibalistic Ku Klux Klan cult, which will screen on Saturday 24th. Derek Carl’s remake of Joseph Green’s 1962 mad scientist classic The Brain That Wouldn’t Die screening on Monday 26th.

The lineup includes a list of films from around the world including retro chiller Red Screening from Uruguay, Breeder from Denmark, Violence Voyager from Japan, Butchers from Canada, and Ropes from Spain. Further online screenings include Justin McConnell’s documentary Clapboard Jungle, the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired The Deep Ones, and Slovenian vampire comedy The Curse of Valburga.


Individual online screenings cost €7.50, with value multi-film packages available also from the IFI. Check out the full programme for the IFI Horrorthon below:

Thursday, October 22nd
6.30pm Uncle Peckerhead
9pm Red Screening

Friday, October 23rd
1pm Breeder 
3.45pm I Am Toxic 
6pm Asylum: Twisted Horror and Fantasy Tales 
8.40pm Caveat 

Saturday, October 24th
1pm Violence Voyager
2pm The El Duce Tapes
3.20pm Butchers 
6pm An Evening With Joe Dante 
7pm The Deep Ones
8.30pm Death Ranch 

Sunday, October 25th
1pm Anonymous Animals
2pm Purgatory Road
3pm Ropes 
5.30pm The Special 
7pm Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business
8pm Ten Minutes to Midnight

Monday, October 26th
1pm Short Film Showcase
2pm The Quarry
3.40pm The Oak Room
6pm The Curse of Valburga

7pm The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

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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