Now in its third year, the Bram Stoker Festival is all about bringing Dublin together to celebrate the immense achievement of Mr. Stoker himself, the writer behind horror classic Dracula.But its about more than Dracula, its about celebrating all things Stoker, and getting people involved in also discovering plenty of cool things around Dublin.
The 2014 festival runs from the 24th to the 27th of October and offers up a variety of events - including concerts, walking tours and a chance to check out that train tunnel into the Phoenix Park with a live performance piece! And, naturally, there are also movies including special sinister screenings! Check out the movies and details below. And there's also the small matter of Horrorthon, which runs the same weekend.
THE CURSE OF STYRIA– Irish premiere // 24/10 - 18.00 - Screen cinema
Inspired byCarmilla, the seminal 19th Century vampire tale by Sheridan LeFanu,The Curse of Styriaplunges the viewer into a haunted world of fantasy and obsession. Lara (Eleanor Tomlinson) and her father, Dr. Hill (Stephen Rea), travel behind the iron curtain to a decrepit castle. From acarcrash outside of the castle, emerges the beautiful and enigmaticCarmilla(Julia Pietrucha).
BEAUTIFUL NOISE– Irish premiere // 26/10 - 18.00 - Screen cinema
“They didn't sell a lot of records but everyone who heard them started a band.”This is the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the 20th century. This is the story of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine and how their groundbreaking music inspired generations of bands. With special appearances by music icons Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith.
THE LOST BOYS // 26/10 - 18.00 - Meeting House Square
“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” Two brothers, Sam and Mike move to a new town and fall in with the wrong crowd. Mike meets a beautiful girl and begins to exhibit the classic signs of vampirism. Sam recruits two young vampire hunters to save his brother by finding and destroying the head vampire.
THE CURE: IN ORANGE // 26/10 - 20.30 - Meeting House Square
Against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange,The Cure: In Orangecaptures The Cure’s performance in the French Countryside in 1986.This rarely shown concert film features 23 songs in a performance that is now of legendary status.Following a short theatrical run,The Cure: In Orangewas released only on VHS and laser disc. This outdoor standing ‘concert’ is a must for any Cure fan.
ORPHEUS- (ORPHEÉ ) – A film by Jean Cocteau (1950) // 27/10 - 16.00 - Brooks Hotel Private Cinema
This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwarParis. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orphee (Jean Marais) becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess(Maria Casarès)who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice(Marie Déa),his wife.
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE-A film by Jean Cocteau (1946) // 27/10 - 14.00 - Brooks Hotel Private Cinema
La Belle et la Bêteis a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death. The true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of the gentle beast. With romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day,La Belle et la Bêteis a much loved and timeless classic.
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARIwith live music by 3epkano // 24/10 - 20.00 - Christ Church Cathedral
A huge commercial and critical success in its day,The Cabinet of Dr Caligariis considered the first true horror film and one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement. It is also responsible for introducing the ‘twist ending’ in cinema. The film tells of showman, Dr Caligari slithers through the town murdering people until a young student becomes suspicious when his friend is found dead. As a series of disturbing events unfold, the townspeople discover a truth, hiding something even more sinister then they could ever have imagined.Dublinbased musicians, 3epkano, are dedicated to producing original soundtracks to silent, avant-garde, and contemporary cinema. Since 2004, the group have played numerous headline shows in bothIrelandand theUSto huge critical acclaim.
For more details on these screenings and plenty more head to the official Bram Stoker Festival site.