A SEASON OF FOLK HORROR JULY 16th – 30th
IFI, TEMPLE BAR, DUBLIN 2
From July 16th to 30th, the IFI will present Haunted Landscapes, a season dedicated to the classic folk horror genre, with special guests introducing several screenings: renowned horror fiction novelist and critic Kim Newman and Donald Clarke, film critic with The Irish Times.
Gaining traction in recent years, the term folk horror has been used to yoke together disparate cultural artefacts that exhibit common traits: an interest in paganism; traditional, rural communities with a connection to the land and its regenerative cycles; the importance of ritual and superstition over scientific rigour. Three UK films are held as exemplars of the genre: Witchfinder General (1968), The Wicker Man (1973) and Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), and while they are central to this season, the IFI will broaden the parameters of the definition to include earlier films that exhibit discernible folk horror traits: the ancient curse of Night of the Demon (1957), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), the dreamscapes of Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970). Also included is the more recent The Blair Witch Project (1999) which popularised found-footage film by employing folk horror mythology. The films collected in this season hope to argue for the continued relevance of folk horror, not just as an intriguing footnote to the horror genre, but as an uncanny seam of energy that reverberates and echoes through the earthier corners of popular culture
The IFI has kindly given us a season passes for one lucky winner. The winner will get two tickets to each of the eight movies! To enter you simply need to ‘like’, share or comment on the competition post on our Facebook page.
Book your tickets now at www.ifi.ie or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477