Horrorthon is a bloody great weekend at IFI
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