Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.
While everyone is wearing green today, I would like to cover this day in red and offer a look into the blood splattering of Irish horror films.
Anytime you talk about Irish horror films you have to include, Dead Meat.
A diseased cow escapes slaughter and infects the countryside. But instead of spreading mad-cow disease, the cow’s plague turns the people in the surrounding area into flesh-eating zombies.
The next film is one we talked about before here on Zombie Popcorn and by Irish directors. That film is Shrooms.
Having been promised the ‘trip’ of a lifetime by their Irish friend and mushroom expert Jake (Jack Huston), a group of American teenagers arrives in Ireland, keen for adventure. Despite Jake’s warnings about the “shrooms they shouldn’t eat,” things start to go horribly wrong when one of the five American tourists, Tara (Lindsey Haun) munches a “Death’s Head” fungus and immediately suffers convulsions and dark visions. While confined to a tent that night as the others listen to Jake’s ghost story around the campfire, the horrific details of this barely-overheard yarn from the man who brought her out of convulsions becomes Tara’s new reality. The next day, as the group is bloodily whittled down to one, it is eventually becomes clear that, whether or not Tara’s apparitions are real, the carnage they leave behind certainly is. Since everyone is now high on “shroom tea,” it’s anyone’s guess who will last the longest. Will the jock Bluto (Rob Hoffman) succumb to the talking cow, or the succubus in the muddy car? Will long-haired Molly (Alice Greczyn) perish at the hands of the Texas chainsaw-type guys, or the dog-boy? Will bitchy Lisa (Maya Hazen) be snared above or below the reedy lake water? Will martial-arts wannabe Troy (Max Kasch) get gashed in the forest clearing, or abandoned orphanage hallway? Will Jake die from his jump through an upper window, or due to an axe in his brain? Even after a helicopter locates the sextet’s lone survivor, and a land ambulance takes her toward the hospital, the slaughter will continue.
The broken farmer Dan rents his farm for the scientist John from the Bovine Genetics Technology that is researching genetic modifications of cattle to increase its fertilization. The veterinarian Orla is bitten by the calf while helping the cow to deliver, and she feels that something went wrong with the experiment. During the night, the cow has a narrow passage for the calf, and Dan asks the young couple Jamie and Mary that is parked in a trailer in front of his farm’s entrance to help him in the delivery. When the offspring is born, it bites Dan; Orla arrives later and realizes that it is a genetic anomaly and she sacrifices the calf. During the autopsy of the animal, she discovers that the fetus is pregnant and she destroys the freak hybrids. However, one of them escapes and attacks a cow first and Jamie later. When John arrives in the farm, he discovers that there is the danger of infection of human beings and decides to quarantine the spot. But one offspring is alive and need to be captured.
The next film was written by Clive Barker and directed by George Pavlou (British) but the storyline is based in Ireland and totally worth the mention. – Rawhead Rex
Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex’s cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it.
The Daisy Chain is a film that should be on everyone’s top watch list.
A grieving couple move to a remote Irish village in the wake of their baby daughter’s death. They soon take in an orphaned autistic girl, only to become involved in a series of strange occurrences.
The story unfolds as young rosaleen lies dreaming in her bed. A violent nightmare transports her back in time to a world of primeval forests & werewolves. She learns her only sister has been killed by a wolf. Her granny weaves vivid tales of folklore & fantasy with warnings of beasts that lurk within men.