- 05 Apr 18
Darkly bewitching visuals make this spooky tale an atmospheric addition to Irish horror.
Irish cinema has been slow to embrace the genre film, favouring kitchen sink dramas and darkly toned comedies with societal messages. But films like One Hundred Mornings, Wake Wood and The Survivalist have shown that Irish history, folklore and even our landscape are ripe for intriguing, visually striking horror stories.
Enter Brian O’Malley’s gothic effort The Lodgers, an ambitious and atmospheric genre film, sure to delight fans of the old-school scares found in The Woman In Black and the haunted house vibes of The Others.
Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner star as orphaned twins who live in a majestic but dank mansion (itself played by Loftus Hall) in rural Ireland. The locals treat the twins with justified suspicion – they’re odd and off-putting, but they have their reasons. Dark forces are literally bubbling up under their house, and have given the twins restrictive rules to live by. The punishments for infractions are severe, and the twins’ parents and grandparents have already met a watery grave.