IFI Horrorthon comes of age with its eighteenth edition, promising audiences old and new the opportunity to experience the best of national and international horror in Ireland’s leading genre film festival. As always, the films selected range from established classics to previews of the most anticipated new releases, with any number of interesting detours along the way. At the time of writing, the final touches are being put to this year’s programme and a number of exciting guests are in the process of being confirmed. Horrorthon Honours will return, this year focusing on Christopher Lee, while the recent death of maestro Wes Craven will not be overlooked. The Surprise Film has been confirmed, and there are some great late-night screenings in place. The team behind this year’s IFI Horrorthon look forward to welcoming our guests to Dublin, our audiences to the IFI, and we look forward to your feedback when the full programme is announced in early October.
THE GREEN INFERNO (Eli Roth)
Returning to the director’s chair, the creator of the Hostel series presents his most extreme film yet with The Green Inferno, taking his cue from the likes of Ruggero Deodato in the story of a group of American student activists whose flight to Peru crashes in the Amazon, leaving them at the mercy of a savage and bloodthirsty tribe of cannibals.
TALES OF HALLOWEEN (Various Directors)
One of the year’s biggest hits on the genre festival circuit, anthology film Tales Of Halloween finds new ways of exploring holiday staples such as witches and demons, featuring directorial contributions from, amongst others, Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (The Woman), and Mike Mendez (The Convent), as well as a dazzling array of familiar faces in front of the camera.
JERUZALEM (Doran Paz, Yoav Paz)
The continued strength of Israeli horror over recent years is reflected in the selection for this year’s IFI Horrorthon of Jeruzalem, in which tourists visiting the titular city are caught up in the Biblical end of days. Tense and imaginative, the filmmakers are to be particularly applauded for creating a genuinely innovative twist on the hoary clichés of the found-footage subgenre.
RABID DOGS (Éric Hannezo)
A remake of giallo master Mario Bava’s troubled 1974 film, which remained unreleased for almost a quarter of a century, Éric Hennezo’s directorial debut follows the gritty original story closely. The escape of a trio of bungling criminals following a failed heist is complicated by the presence of their hostages, a father worried about his sick daughter, and salesgirl Virginie Ledoyen.
Get over your post-Horrorthon blues on November 3rd by joining us for a night devoted to Vincent Price, when his daughter Victoria will discuss her father’s work, followed by a screening of Roger Corman’s The Tomb Of Ligeia, and a book-signing.