THERE really is no better way to enjoy Halloween than by settling down to watch a scary movie. With that in mind WWN takes it one step further and lists off the 4 essential Irish horror movies which are simply a must watch!
Reports that upon its release in Ireland, cinema staff staged a walk out as they couldn’t deal with the torrents of vomit from movie goers after they were first subjected to the sounds of Gerard Butler’s Irish accent were widespread. Some 42 people suffered heart attacks when they realised a further 2 hours and 6 minutes of horror lay ahead. The subsequent DVD release of the movie hit a snag as it was given an unprecedented ‘don’t watch this fucking shit’ rating by the Irish Film Classification Office.
Far & Away is by far and away the single most terrifying entry on our list. No viewer can be left untouched by the psychological damage that can be incurred by watching Tom Cruise battle against his vocal chords to produce an Irish accent. The story of an Irish man cursed by a banshee with a shite accent for all eternity after telling an awful famine joke still resonates today. The film was heavily praised at the time for being an allegorical tale about the rise of the D4 accent which robbed people of sounding Irish.
The haunting soundtrack by Enya ranks ahead of horror greats such as The Exorcist and The Shining. Nicole Kidman’s unconvincing performance as the River Shannon is a drawback however.
The tale of an innocent IRA man just trying to make it in America by bringing arms back to Dublin struck fear into the hearts of every Irish viewer when it becomes clear all of the United of States of America and Britain were conspiring against him.
The Devil’s Own is the quintessential Irish horror movie. Many incorrectly believe ‘the Devil’ in the movie to be Brad Pitt, but the Devil is in fact every non-Irish character that makes an appearance.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley saw Cillian Murphy take on his most rewarding role of his career as a worrisome Cork farmer driven insane by strong winds. Every year as he sought to gather his barley a ferocious wind would batter his exposed farmland which had no tree coverage, reducing is grain yield to nothing. Going slowly mad, Murphy first blames the Brits before turning on his own brother who seems to have a near endless supply of decent barley on his farm.