One of the most popular events in the Irish film calendar, IFI Horrorthon, returns from October 26th to October 30th. Showcasing the very best in Irish and international horror, this year’s festival promises to be yet another thrill-filled, blood-soaked season!
Highlights of this year’s slate include the opening film, Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls, in which two teenage girls turn to serial killing in order to increase their social media following. This year’s closing film is the Vietnamese horror The Housemaid, directed by Derek Nguyen, which centres on a maid who, after falling in love with her employer, awakens the anger of his late wife’s spirit.
This year offers a truly original and exciting line-up for 2017’s festival. With so many new, international movies that are guaranteed to give audiences a wide range the genre has to offer, it’s an exciting time to be a horror fan.
Mick Fox. Horrorthon Spokesperson
Among the filmmakers from last year’s festival to make a welcome return to the 2017 edition are Simon Rumley, director of Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, who returns with Fashionista, while Irish director Jason Figgis, of Don’t You Recognise Me? fame, will screen his latest feature, Torment. Starring Bryan Murray, Bill Fellows and Cora Fenton, Torment sees a man buried alive in punishment for a heinous crime while a couple struggles to come to terms with a dreadful loss.
The horror world lost two giants in George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper this year and, as such, it is fitting that their influential work sits alongside that of newer talents. The festival will screen Romero’s The Crazies and The Dark Half on Friday, while Saturday afternoon will see a matinée screening of Hooper’s Eaten Alive.
Festival favourite the Surprise Film will also return this year in its regular Sunday night slot; last year’s film was the critically acclaimed gothic chiller The Devil’s Candy, directed by Sean Byrne. Previous Surprise Films have included classics such as The Witch, The Others, The Machinist, and Paranormal Activity.
Also showing throughout the weekend will be the new film from the directors of horror hit Spring, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s The Endless, alongside Psycho documentary 78/52. The festival will also feature two anniversary screenings: on Saturday night, Horrorthon will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon while, on Sunday, the festival is pleased to present a thirtieth anniversary screening of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart, starring Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke.
Individual tickets for Horrorthon films are on sale now in person at the IFI Box Office, by phone on 01-6793477, or online at www.ifi.ie/horrorthon. Multiple film deals are available priced at €45 for 5 films, or €80 for 10 films, while a range of passes ranging from one- to five-day passes are also on sale either in person at the IFI Box Office or by phone.
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Thursday October 26th
19.00 TRAGEDY GIRLS
21.10 DEAD SHACK
22.50 WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER
23.00 SEQUENCE BREAK
Friday October 27th
13.10 THE CRAZIES
15.10 THE DARK HALF
17.25 TOP KNOT DETECTIVE
21.15 THE ENDLESS
23.15 DOUBLE BILL: TONIGHT SHE COMES / RUIN ME
23.20 DOUBLE BILL: JOHN CARPENTER’S PRINCE OF DARKNESS / BODY SNATCHERS
23.30 DOUBLE BILL: FREDDY/EDDY / INCARNATION
Saturday October 28th
13.00 EATEN ALIVE
18.10 OUR EVIL
20.00 GAME OF DEATH
21.30 VICTOR CROWLEY
23.15 THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN
23.20 EVENT HORIZON
Sunday October 29th
13.00 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF LARRY COHEN
15.10 SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
17.10 THE MIMIC
19.10 SURPRISE FILM
21.10 68 KILL
23.00 ANGEL HEART
Monday October 30th
15.10 RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH AKA VOL. 2
16.40 THE LAPLACE’S DEMON
20.50 THE HOUSEMAID