Who Says Horror Doesn’t Go With St Patricks Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and we started thinking about thematic horror films to watch this time of year. Sure, there’s always Leprechaun in the Hood, but there have to be better options than that, right?
After all, Ireland’s history is filled with spooky legends and events. And, we can’t forget that Halloween has its roots in Samhain, which started in Ireland. So while shamrocks and green beer may be what comes to mind when when you think of this ancient country, this list of Irish horror movies should go a long way to change that perception.
This list was compiled using the following criteria: Irish productions, Irish-directed, set in Ireland, and/or feature tales specific to Ireland. The results are compiled in the list below of Irish horror films encompassing a wide array of sub-genres, including supernatural horror, monsters, witchcraft, psychological horror, zombies, creatures, vampires, and even horror comedy.
10 Irish horror films to watch for St Patricks Day (or anytime really)
10. The Hallow (2015) – A family who moves into a remote house in Ireland must battle malicious spirits living in the ancient Irish wood that surrounds the new home. Our pick for this St. Patrick’s Day, as it features lore and legends straight from the Emerald Isle and takes place in Ireland. It’s beautifully shot, has a unique story, and features ancient creatures (all done with practical FX!) I definitely would not want to face! We took an in-depth look at this film in this article.
9. Isolation (2005) – On a remote Irish farm, five people become unwilling participants in a genetic experiment involving cows that goes nightmarishly wrong. A tense tale that teaches us that Mother Nature shouldn’t be trifled with…
8. Shrooms (2007) – A group of friends is stalked and murdered while looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods..or are they all just under the influence of the shrooms? While this film might have gone the expected “wacky” route, it actually doesn’t and instead gives us a taut slasher, set against the lush background of Irish woods.
7. Grabbers (2012) – When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by tentacled, bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. This horror comedy focused around drinking might be the most perfect horror movie to watch on St. Patrick’s Day if you liked getting tossed. It’s a whole lotta fun whether or not you decide to indulge in booze.
6. Wake Wood (2010) – The grieving parents of a nine-year-old Alice who was killed by a savage dog move to a small Irish village where they soon learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with their daughter. But what will they do when it’s time for Alice to go back? This was an excellent folk horror film that really deserves more exposure! What more can you ask for than a creepy village and menacing townfolk that possess arcane rituals and secrets?
5. The Canal (2014) – David and his family move into an old, reputedly haunted, house by a canal. When David begins to suspect his wife is having an affair, he starts having nightmarish visions, which are further compounded when he receives a reel of footage that shows his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house. This film has some memorable and creepy visuals that stick with you and a unsettling feel throughout its running time. Plus, the urban setting of Dublin, Ireland plays upon the feeling of old vs. new and urban decay.
4. 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. This is a cute and gory zombie flick, sweet but filled with sticky red stuff!
3. Citadel (2012) – An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his baby daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who are responsible for his wife’s death. Set in the grimy slums, this is another film that explores urban decay as well as those “forgotten” by society. It is a film that has a slow burn, but is also highly atmospheric as well as violent and jarring.
2. Let Us Prey (2014) – A rookie cop begins her first night shift at a remote Scottish police station where a motley crew of both cops and prisoners are stuck for the night. Soon, all hell breaks loose when a mysterious stranger enters the station. Though this film is set in a small Scottish town, the director is Irish, so it’s included it on this list. It is an excellent potboiler that keeps escalating with plenty of bloodshed and mystery along the way.
1. Byzantium (2012) – Residents of an English coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. This moody piece by Irish director Neil Jordan (whose horror pedigree also includes Interview with the Vampire and Company of Wolves) is perfect for melancholy introverts who would much rather keep to themselves than deal with the drunken crowds at the bars this St. Patty’s Day.
Can’t binge watch them all this St Patrick’s Day weekend? We recommend moving these high up on your list as all of these Irish films make for great horror movie viewing anytime of year.