Spooky season is once again upon us film fans. The fun, watch-horror-movies-every-night spooky season of Samhain that is, as opposed to the unending nightmare of our daily lives. For those that love the former, the Irish Film Institute has you covered, as their annual Horrorthon series returns to the big screens at Eustace Street this October 22nd – 25th.
The Horrorthon is the IFI’s curation of the creepy, a marathon run through some hidden gem horrors every October. For 2021, many of the films will also be available to view on demand from home via the IFI@Home player. 21 new feature films will be on offer from the Institute for this year’s programming, featuring some of the best now horrors from Ireland and abroad.
Featuring vampires, haunted houses and even killer crabs, there’s something for every kind of horror fiend at the 2021 Horrorthon. Irish original Bring Out the Fear directed by Richard Waters will be among the films on show. The film tells the story of couple Dan and Rosie out on a walk in the woods. He wants to get married while she wants to break up, but they slowly realise that they are lost in the woods, unable to find a way out.
After being delayed last year, the latest film by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Hostiles) is also among the films on offer. Starring Jesse Plemons and Keri Russell, Antlers sees an Oregon schoolteacher and her brother the town sheriff, become convinced that one of her students is sheltering something supernatural, ancient and powerful, inside his house.
You can even see one of the tensest sci-fi horrors of all time get a can-do homemade makeover in the documentary Alien On Stage. This tribute to the efforts an amateur dramatic group of Dorset bus drivers to adapt and perform Ridley Scott’s Alien follows this motley crue from their early performances to the heights of a London West End appearance and cult stardom.
You can check out the full programme of films on offer at the IFI Horrorthon 2021 HERE and tickets are available now. It’s looking to another entertaining mix of the macabre whether you’re watching online or heading into Dublin to visit the IFI this October.