In this spine-tingling feature, we’ll delve into 11 times when some of Northern Ireland’s finest have us on the edge of our seats, hearts racing, and pulses quickening.
9. Clive Standen - Patient Zero (2018)
In this post-apocalyptic horror-thriller, Clive Standen plays a medical researcher, Dr. Morgan, who is attempting to find a cure for a global pandemic that has turned most of humanity into violent, zombie-like creatures.
Clive’s performance showcases his talent for intense and dramatic roles. As the movie delves into themes of survival, isolation, and the possibility of hope in a world that appears devoid of it, Clive’s desperate portrayal heightens the tension and suspense in a narrative that may feel somewhat familiar in our post-COVID reality. Photo: IMDb
10. Sam Neill - Event Horizon (1997)
‘Event Horizon’ is known for its graphic and disturbing imagery, as well as its exploration of themes related to Hell and the supernatural. Sam Neill’s character, Dr. Weir, is a brilliant physicist who designed the experimental spacecraft, the Event Horizon, which disappeared into a black hole before mysteriously reappearing.
Sam’s performance in the film is notable for its depth and intensity. He effectively conveys the character’s gradual descent into madness as he grapples with the disturbing, horrifying and terrifying phenomena unfolding aboard the ship, perfectly capturing the psychological and emotional toll faced amidst the malevolent forces at play.
It’s Sam’s role and performance that plays a significant part of what makes the film memorable, effectively contributing to the unsettling and chilling atmosphere, making it a notable entry in the science fiction horror genre. Photo: IMDb
11. Michael Smiley - Kill List (2011)
Known for its intense and unsettling narrative, Michael Smiley’s role as Gal in this psychological horror-thriller film adds a layer of mystery to the series of contract killings taken on. As Michael’s character becomes more integral to the unsettling events unfolding, his performance stands out for its intricate nature and the pervasive sense of disquiet it imparts. Wrapped in an air of uncertainty, Michael enriches the narrative as it takes unanticipated and spine-chilling twists, consistently holding the audience’s attention, and leaving them in dread and suspense throughout the film. Photo: IMDb