Every week the good folks at Screen Wolf take Radiomade listeners on a cinematic journey. We’ve enlisted the help of one half of the Screen Wolf team, Eoin Monaghan, to give us the low-down on the frightful flicks hitting Dublin cinemas this October.
From Carpenter and Craven through Raimi via Japan to the latest crop of indie auteurs such as Ti West and Adam Wingard, there’s something magical about the one genre that defies all cinematic logic.
The rules, the bad acting, the sometimes more literal than figurative tongues planted firmly in cheeks, the comedy that leaves you feeling lovely and safe despite you knowing better, the feeling of being genuinely fucking terrified of a girl coming out of your TV screen in a week’s time or falling out of your seat when your gaff phone rings really loudly and you’re only 10 and really shouldn’t be watching The Shining (are you serious Mom and Dad, actually?).
Here at Screen Wolf, it’s safe to say that we love horror. It’s pure popcorn entertainment, as well suited to a darkened living room as it is to your local cinema. When the days begin to become noticeably shorter in length, and that very topic replaces our usual salutations when arriving to a pub, I start to get excited for the month ahead. Not for Halloween, which is a nightmarish world where Marilyn Monroe and a Chilean Miner can co-exist in a flat surrounded by Marios and Luigis, but for Halloween (Carpenter, 1978).
Dublin has a brilliant history of showing the best of horror in October and this year is no different. Rightly so in fact, as after all, Bram Stoker was a Dub y’know.
Here is Screen Wolf’s pick of the litter.
From Dusk Till Dawn – October 23rd, Lighthouse, 22.20
The Lighthouse has so many good films on this month, but it all kicks off with 90’s Vampires Season, and while there are some other gems being shown, I have to go with From Dusk Till Dawn, Robert Rodriguez’ bafflingly cheesy and brilliantly gory grindhouse flick.
Clooney and Hackman going toe-to-toe and Tarantino at his best (read: worst) should alone make this essential viewing and for the sake of first-time viewers I’ll stop there before I ruin the madness. The rest of you, you know why you need this on the big-screen, beer in hand, in Dublin’s finest cinema.
Suspiria & Profondo Rosso w Goblin live – October 30th, District 8, from 8pm
What a venue to have, what is honestly, the screening of the year. Not only do you get two of Dario Argento’s best Giallo horrors (I prefer Profondo but shhh), but Goblin will be scoring the films live and Claudio Simonetti of said band will be doing a live Q&A before the screenings begin.
This is one for both musos and film geeks. Timeless synth laden scores should suit the upstairs theatre perfectly while downstairs in the club The Cyclist and Umberto will be doing their spooky best till very, very late.
Props to Con Artist for organising this incredible sounding night.
Hotel Transylvania & The Wolf Man – October 30th, Wolfe Tone Sq., from 6pm and 8pm
If Italian horror isn’t your cup of tea the 30th sees a more family-oriented affair. Happenings put on some of the best outdoor events Dublin has seen recently, and following on from their brilliant summer screenings they have 2012’s Hotel Transylvania followed by an old-school classic in the form of George Waggner’s 1941 version of the Wolf Man.
The screenings begin at 6pm and 8pm and the winter coat is strongly advised.
The Babadook – October 31st – The New Theatre, 11.45am
As part of the Feminist Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s 2014 Aussie creepfest is being shown good and early and following the screening The New Theatre is hosting a talk on “Women in Horror”.
A worthy topic we’ve spoken about at length on the show ourselves but these are actual people who know what they’re talking about. Well worth starting off your All Hallow’s Eve with.
The Rocky Horror Show – October 31st, The Sugar Club, from 8pm
It’s The Rocky Horror. Its brilliant.
Hocus Pocus & Scream I & II double bill – October 31st – The Lighthouse, 3pm and from 8pm
The Lighthouse continues its excellent month with family favourite and cult classic Hocus Pocus in an early screening and a film we covered only last month after the sad passing of maestro Wes Craven, Scream.
Scream revitalised the horror genre in 1995, lifting it out of the DTV, misogynistic doldrum it was in. It is worth revisiting at any time of the year but perfect for Halloween night.
An incredible blend of self-aware meta referencing and brilliant casting, it’s one of our favourites at Screen Wolf and a great call to finish off a great season of cinema going. Scream 2 is also being shown.
The IFI had not published its annual Horrorthon line-up at the time of writing but expect superb booking by their team as usual so keep your eyes peeled for their announcement this month. They begin scaring the masses on October 22nd.