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‘Horror for All’ – Film Festival
JHL2 NUI Maynooth
30th & 31st October 2009

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club in association with Kildare County Council Library & Art Service and the School of English, Media & Theatre Studies NUIM are playing host this Halloween to the inaugural ‘Horror for All’ film festival! Brave movie goers can expect a relentless weekend of shocks, suspense and sheer psychological terror. This two day bijou festival offers film choices ranging from classic Hollywood to early pioneering European cinema.

For better or worse … believe it or not, horror films can be great fun! If you’re a non believer our panel of invited guests featuring Ed Wood (founder of IFI’s ‘Horrorthon’) will be promoting this most maligned of movie genres and hoping to generate a few converts along the way!

The hugely influential 1922 classic, Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horrors kicks off the festival at 8.00pm on Friday 30th October. Some of the creepiest images ever committed to celluloid will be accompanied by the live music of Peter Leavy.

Peter holds a Masters in Performance and Musicology and a first-class honours degree, specialising in piano performance, from NUI Maynooth. As well as tutoring at NUIM and piano-teaching, Peter composes, arranges and is a very keen jazz enthusiast

'I'm delighted to be involved in this fascinating project and sincerely hope that you enjoy the show.'
Peter Leavy

Conversation with our invited aficionado’s starts at 11.00 am on Saturday 31st October, leading nicely into the midday screening of Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent. A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure holiday find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the sinister shadows.

Following lunch there’s a choice of screenings from 2.45pm with Jack Nicholson in the The Shining. Stanley Kubrick's intense, epic and gothic, horror film masterpiece.  A beautiful, stylish work which distanced itself from the blood-letting and gore, of most modern films in the horror genre.

Or watch the haunting secrets of the past resurface when a child mysteriously disappears in the Spanish supernatural thriller The Orphanage. A spinetingler with a jaw-dropping twist that will take your very last breath away! Produced by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).
*Full film synopsis below*
Full Weekend Package:
• €20.00 (only €15.00 if you join Maynooth Film For All: Film Club at the same time
• This includes first night wine reception, Live music, Q&A with invited guests, Lunch, Choice of four screenings
Student Festival Pass: €4.00 for two days
Pay Per Screening: €5.00
To book tickets please contact the FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE:

• Maynooth Community Library, Main St, Maynooth, Co Kildare
• Tel: 01 6285530 Email: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Opening Hours: Mon & Thurs: 1.00pm – 8.00pm
Tues, Wed, Fri: 9.30am – 1.00pm. 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed Saturdays

Limited tickets will be available on festival days - please purchase your tickets ASAP to minimise delays to other patrons and to enable us gauge numbers for catering requirements i.e. First Night reception, teas & coffees, lunch.

Nosferatu                                                   Nosferatu - eine Symphonie des Grauens
Dir: FW  Murnau         Germany             1922                89mins
                            Murnau’s classic vampire movie remains one of the most poetic of all horror films.  Its power derives partly from Schreck's almost literally sub-human portrayal of the Count, resplendent with long ears and fingers and a wizened , skeletal face, partly from the sexual undercurrrents coursing through the movie which suggest that the vampire is a threat not only to bourgeois society and its emphasis upon scientific rationality, but also to the very marriage of the Harker couple.  A film that survives repeated viewings.

- Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT Film Guide

The Descent__________________________________________________________
Dir: Neil Marshall  UK 2005  99mins               Cert: 18
Starring: Shauna McDonald,Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone
Language: English

In a remote mountain range six girlfriends meet for caving trip into the unchartered arteries of the earth, deep inside the cave their escape route is blocked where they are terrorised by a race of sub-human creatures.

The Shining________________________________________________________
Dir: Stanley Kubrick       USA /UK  1980 119mins  Cert: 15
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lioyd
Language: English

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

The Orphanage                                     Orfanato, El                                                  
Dir: Juan Antonio Bayona    Spain  2007 105mins        Cert : 15A
Starring: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Geraldine Chaplin and Roger Princep
Language: Spanish

This chilling first feature by Juan Antonio Bayona plays with Victorian ideas of fantasy and moral punishment, while stitching in contemporary concerns: child abuse, feminist guilt and the impact of surveillance technology figure prominently. The result is not for the faint of heart. The Orphanage is frequently quite scary – a feeling that lingers long after its haunting, luminous final shot.

The story concerns the goings-on at an abandoned orphanage that saw some evildoings during the Franco regime. One of the former residents, the lovely Laura (Belén Rueda), returns to the abandoned estate with her husband and sensitive son. But the youngster quickly begins seeing – and then playing with – a group of malicious children, who may or may not be in his imagination. When he disappears one day, Laura comes to suspect that these children were part of her life too, once upon a time.

Intelligent genre filmmaking requires perfect execution from all quarters. The Orphanage manages that, with a particular emphasis on performance. Rueda is incredible; her creepy obsessiveness gradually overcomes us. We begin to believe the impossible through her sheer force of will. - Diana Sanchez / Toronto Film Festival Programme

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