Halloween is all about horror movies, but sometimes finding the perfect flicks to creep you out this spooky season can be hard. So if you want a unique flavour of terror, why not indulge in some home-grown horror?
It certainly helps that right now, our local film industry is going through something of a boom - spurred on by the world-beating success of Game of Thrones, both grassroots and international talent are finally embracing the rich opportunities afforded by making films in Northern Ireland.
Such films may not be to everybody’s taste, but if you can bear to watch from behind your cushion, be sure to check out these tales of terror right on your doorstep.
1. Boys From County Hell (2021)
Demolishing ancient ruins is probably not the smartest thing in the world - as three cash-strapped workers accidentally awaken the ancient vampire Abhartach - supposedly one of the inspirations for the iconic Count Dracula. Now, it’s up to the workers - led by an endlessly-bickering father and son - to put Abhartach back in the ground. Written by Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin,) be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind horror comedy. Part of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Photo: Photo by © Aidan Monaghan/BFCH
2. Battle of the Bone (2008)
Described as Northern Ireland’s first-ever zombie movie, this flick sees the Twelfth of July take an unusual turn as hordes of the drug-crazed walking dead descend upon Belfast. As savage riots erupt, three friends must somehow try to make it out of the city, but discover that the zombies may not be the only thing to fear - complete with martial arts. Directed by George Clarke. Photo: Photo via IMDB
3. Damien (2021)
Not to be confused with that devilish little rascal from The Omen, this new release on Amazon, filmed on location with a local crew in Counties Down & Antrim, follows a documentary crew who uncover a disturbing secret about their late friend - friction and betrayal rapidly ensue. Directed by Bobby Marno. Photo: Photo by Ram Productions - © Original poster created by Ram Productions
4. Mandrake (2022)
This down-and-dirty gritty horror movie follows probation officer Cathy Madden who has been given the unenviable task of rehabilitating notorious killer ‘Bloody’ Mary Laidlaw back into society after twenty years of jail. Cathy may have always believed that every client deserves a shot at redemption, but her beliefs are firmly put to the test when two children disappear near Mary’s farm. Has she returned to her old ways? Directed by Lynne Davidson. Photo: Image via eyeorfilm.co.uk