Luck o’ the Irish Horror

Staying in this St. Patrick’s Day? You’re not alone. I usually stay in on March 17th as well. The drunken crowds are too much for my introverted side to deal with. Today, however, I went to a local Minneapolis brewery with a friend. We had long discussions about many subjects, and horror movies were among them. Now that I am safely back home and tipsy on Utepils dry Irish stout, I find myself at the beginning of a night of Irish horror movies. Here are a few of my favorites.

Isolation (2005)
This gem starring Essie Davis (The Babadook) and John Lynch (The Fall) is easily in my top 10 all-time favorite horror movies. A struggling Irish farmer allows a local veterinarian to experiment on his cows for extra money. What could possibly go wrong, right? Well acted and great atmosphere. Worth seeing for any horror fan.

Grabbers
A small Irish island community is invaded by sea-dwelling aliens. The townspeople soon discover that the aliens can’t take high alcohol levels, so why not spend the night getting drunk? If you like horror comedies, this one is for you.

Dementia 13 (1963)
A greedy widow wants to get her hands on her dead husband’s inheritance. Little does she know that there is an ax murderer on their estate. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola who later won an Academy Award for The Godfather. It’s b-movie black and white horror at it’s finest. They don’t make them like this anymore.

The Hallow
In the Irish countryside, things are never as they seem. A family who recently moved there discovers this quickly when creatures from the woods start attacking them. Like you didn’t see that coming. This one is currently streaming on Netflix. wink wink.

Wake Wood
When a couple tragically loses their child, they relocate to a small Irish town. They soon find that this town has a Pagan ritual that can bring the dead back to life for three days. Convenient for the couple…. and for the plot of a horror movie. A must see for an Irish horror marathon.

If you are really looking for bad St. Paddy’s Day horror but don’t want to stick to the Irish horror movies, you could always watch “Leprechaun”. Jennifer Aniston’s early work is badly written and cheesy but is a good movie to have on in the background of your giddy drunkenness with your friends. Have fun!

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