The J.J. Abrams-produced horror movie Overlord will open this year’s IFI Horrorthon at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin on October 25th. Directed by Julius Avery and starring Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell, the film tells the story of a team of American paratroopers who drop into Nazi-occupied France on the eve of D-Day to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success.

Commenting on the opening night film, Horrorthon Assistant Programmer Mick Fox said, “Screening Overlord as opening film at this year’s IFI Horrorthon was easily the most exciting news we could have possibly received. Audiences will have a blast with what is a cracking start to this year’s festival”.

This year’s IFI Horrorthon runs from October 25th – 29th.

Other highlights at this years festival include the Irish premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s hotly-anticipated remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria on Sunday 28th, starring Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz and Oscar winner Tilda Swinton.

The festival will welcome a number of high-profile guests including legendary writer-director MICK GARRIS, who will take part in a Q&A following a screening of new anthology film Nightmare Cinema starring Mickey Rourke; Garris will also introduce a double-bill of classics The Fly II and Critters 2 and his adaptation of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. Bestselling author JOHN CONNOLLY will launch his new book about Gene Martin’s 1972 film Horror Express, accompanied by a screening of the Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee classic, while renowned author SIR CHRISTOPHER FRAYLING will give a talk on seminal horror Frankenstein novel, before a screening of the Terence Fisher’s Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell.

FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 25th
19.00 Overlord
21.15 What Keeps You Alive
23.10 Boar
23.15 All The Creatures Were Stirring
23.15 Camp Cold Brook

Friday, October 26th
13.00 The Cleaning Lady
14.50 Framed
16.30 Knuckleball
18.20 The Devil’s Doorway + Q&A
20.20 Nightmare Cinema + Q&A
23.00 Double Bill: Critters 2 / The Fly II + guest
23.10 Double Bill: The Axiom / Living Space
23.20 Double Bill: Road to Hell / The Tokoloshe

Saturday, October 27th
13.00 Horror Express + guest
15.00 Wolfman’s Got Nards
17.00 Lifechanger
18.50 Secret Santa + guests
20.45 Anna and the Apocalypse
22.50 Book of Monsters + guests
23.00 Lady Frankenstein
23.10 Lust

Sunday, October 28th
13.00 Sir Christopher Frayling – On Frankenstein + Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
16.00 St. Agatha
18.05 Surprise Film
20.20 Suspiria
23.00 The Dark
23.10 Killers Within + guest
23.20 Sleepwalkers + guest

Monday, October 29th
12.00 Short Film Showcase
14.00 Ravers
15.45 Videoman
17.40 Piercing
19.20 Await Further Instructions
21.10 One Cut Of The Dead

For more information and tickets, visit www.ifi.ie/horrorthon