The best con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish hor­ror

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

It’s taken a while, but there’s now a fair bit of Ir­ish hor­ror about.

For arch-mon­ster ac­tion, check out Jon Wright’s Grab­bers, in which sea beasts attack the pub. David Keat­ing’s Wake Wood ex­per­i­mented suc­cess­fully in the fe­cund world of ru­ral folk hor­ror. The up­com­ing Let Us Prey, a tri­umph of ten­sion and pun­ning, brings us to the most hor­ri­ble town this side of Roys­ton Vasey.

Billy O’Brien’s Iso­la­tion, now an im­plau­si­ble 10 years old, in­ves­ti­gated ge­netic mu­ta­tion and of­fered an early role to The Babadook’s Essie Davis. There were more killer cows in Conor McMa­hon’s Dead Meat. But the best re­cent Ir­ish hor­ror is prob­a­bly Ciaran Foy’s hugely orig­i­nal The Citadel, a tale of pos­ses­sion in a de­cayed Glas­gow.

All this pre­sumes you’re not al­low­ing The Lep­rechaun films into the pack. If that is the case, the nall bets are off.

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