Hor­rorthon is a bloody great weekend at IFI

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Don­ald Clarke

How­ever of­ten you jam a stake in Hor­rorthon’s heart that fes­ti­val still keeps ris­ing from the grave to ad­vance blood­ily on un­sus­pect­ing pun­ters at the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute. Ac­tu­ally, no­body wishes to kill off the event. Now em­bark­ing on its 16th edi­tion, the fes­ti­val re­mains among the most pop­u­lar and best-spir­ited jam­borees of the cin­e­matic year.

The vi­o­lence be­gan last night with a screen­ing of Jeremy Lover­ing’s ru­ral shocker In Fear – star­ring top Ir­ish heart­throb Allen Leech. Among the high­lights tonight is a dis­in­ter­ment of FW Mur­nau’s Nos­fer­atu, North­ern Ir­ish star Richard Dormer in Ma­rina de Van’s Dark Touch and a ter­rific dou­ble bill of Ge­orge A Romero pic­tures: Night of the Liv­ing Dead and Creepshow.

In trib­ute to the stop-mo­tion ge­nius Ray Har­ry­hausen, who died ear­lier this year, at­ten­dees can savour the mas­ter’s Ja­son and the Arg­onauts. Events close on Mon­day with an un­veil­ing of Navot Pa­pushado and Aharon Ke­shales’s much­praised Is­raeli thriller, Big Bad Wolves.

Hor­rorthon man­ages to stir up a spirit of gen­uine ca­ma­raderie as it ploughs its way through three days of gore and the IFI will be join­ing in the (ahem) spirit by of­fer­ing Zom­bie cock­tails for just ¤6. If you are in­ter­ested in full im­mer­sion then be aware that var­i­ous fes­ti­val passes are avail­able at com­pet­i­tive prices. Go to ifi.ie for more in­for­ma­tion.

FW Mur­nau’s Nos­fer­atu: dis­in­terred as a fes­ti­val high­light

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