The IFI’s annual splatterfest returns with a stellar line-up this year. With a healthy array of slashers, the paranormal and torture porn, as well as plenty of the so bad it’s good variety, there’s something for gorehounds and the squeamish alike. Here’s our picks of the repulsion on offer.
Room 237 (2012)
Thursday 25th, 21:50
Kick the Horrorthon off with a bit of a head-scratcher; A documentary exploring the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror masterpiece, ‘The Shining’- a film that never fails to induce dread, even over 30 years later.
Saturday 27th, 15:00
When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. Putting a depraved spin on the found-footage gimmick that has become a tired cliché in horror, this low-budget terror has been doing the rounds at festivals worldwide, leaving a trail of fainting and vomiting in its wake.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Sunday 28th, 22:20
Absent from the dire third film, Michael Myers is back and doing what he does best; dispatching horny teens. This entry in the definitive slasher movie franchise also saw the return of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), everyone’s favourite gun-toting psychiatrist.
Friday 26th, 18:30
The only Irish entry this year; Ciarán Foy’s urban horror story about a grieving husband protecting his daughter from violent neighbourhood children is the most highly acclaimed Irish horror since Isolation. Just beware of hoodies on the way home.
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)/ Deep Red (1975)
Friday 26th, 22:30
An unmissable double feature showcasing two of the finest flicks from Italian giallo masters, Lucio Fulchi and Dario Argento. Expect over the top theatrics, psychedelic colours and sound and more brutal violence than you can shake a meat cleaver at.
Sunday 28th, 20:30
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. This salaciously gory horror comedy is a must for those with a strong stomach for splatter that like their humour pitch black.
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