Coming up to Halloween, everyone is getting in on the action, including Temple Bar’s IFI cinema, who will play host to their annual Horrorthon this weekend. The Horrorthon’s formula is simple, 27 screenings of hair-raising, spine-tingling feature films spread out over a single weekend. We here at The City have compiled a choice selection of films for the weekend, and it goes like this:
The Serpent and The Rainbow & The People Under The Stairs Double Bill
Celebrating the work of horror auteur Wes Craven, this double bill looks at some of his lesser known pictures. The Serpent and the Rainbow, made in 1988, is based on the non-fiction book by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. It follows Davis’ experiences in Haiti, investigating the story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was allegedly poisoned, buried alive and revived by a potion, producing what is commonly known as a zombie. Loosely based on a true story, this is a change of pace from Craven’s usual slasher style of film and a film which John Wirt of Baton Rouge describes as “a trippy, guilty pleasure”.
The People under The Stairs sees a more tongue in cheek approach to the horror genre. This 1991 feature tells the tale of a young boy who has broken into the home of his evil landlord, after he evicted his family from their ghetto tenement. Inside, the boy discovers the true horror of the dwelling, told in the manner of bizarre slapstick and not without its fair share of scares.
This double bill screening is on Friday 23rd October at 11pm.
The Exorcist III
This is the third installment in what is widely agreed on as one of the scariest and most menacing film series in cinema history. William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist, directs this thriller which is based on his novel Legion. The Exorcist III stands up well on its own, despite the legendary status of the original, and the meandering into mediocrity that was the second feature.
The Exorcist III screens Sunday 25th October at 11pm.
Hardware sees a young sculptor in a post nuclear future trapped in her apartment with a killer robot. This is definitely the wildcard for the weekend, but this 1991 B movie looks to be a visceral and terrifying rollercoaster. It is a film with a low budget, but big ideas and impressive special effects, which seem to overcome the film’s low-end production value. One thing that can be said though is that the film’s script seems reminiscent of many other sci-fi horrors around from that time. But it’s nonetheless a cheap, no frills, many thrills, low budget robot sci-fi horror, and sometimes that’s just what’s needed.
Screening Monday 26th October at 2:50pm.