March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day if you're Irish. If you aren't then the celebrations are nothing to do with you anyway so you might as well just grab yourself a bowl of colcannon and enjoy some Irish horror movies instead.

These are my picks from the most entertaining Irish and Irish-themed horror movies available in no particular (or should that be "Patrick-ular"?) order.

1. Escape to Nowhere (1996)
(AKA Spectre AKA House of the Damned)

"Will and Maura, despite their marital problems, decide to come to Ireland and live on Maura's ancestral estate, bringing with them their daughter Aubrey. But soon weird happenings around the house lead a local priest to confess that Maura's ancestors practiced black magic, and Maura's own insecurities threaten to bring her into the evil fold."

2. High Spirits (1988)

"When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the attraction a bit for the 'Yanks' by having his staff pretend to haunt the castle. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive - along with some real ghosts. Among the tourists are married couple Jack and Sharon. Sharon's father holds the mortgage on Castle Plunkett, so she's hoping to debunk the ghosts. Jack, on the other hand, after meeting pretty ghost Mary, is very eager to believe. Can there be love between a human and ghost? Jack and Mary are going to try and find out."

3. Leprechaun (1993)

"When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life."

4. Rawhead Rex (1986)

"Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it."

5. Boy Eats Girl (2005)

"A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved."

6. Shrooms (2007)

"3 couples go to Ireland woods to collect magic mushrooms and trip out. On their way they meet some strange inhabitants of the woods and it doesn't take long until a creepy story is being told at the campfire which might be more than just a story. So strange things happen, people start disappearing, silhouettes move through the woods and the creepy story starts to melt into reality. The horror kicks in along with the effect of the mushrooms."

7. Dead Meat (2004)

"An infection spreads from slaughtered animals to humans, which causes the dead to rise and feed on the living."

8. Isolation (2005)

"On a remote Irish farm, five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong."

9. Banshee!!! (2008)

A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves.

10. Legend of the Bog (2009)

"When a 'bog body' a 2000 year old murder victim preserved in a peat bog is disturbed by developers in rural Ireland, an archaeologist, a hunter and their helpers face the task of sending him back where he came from."

Actually, I really don't recommend the last two films on my list at all but if you drink enough Guinness and Bushmills, you won't care anyway.

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