Bram Stoker Festival Returns This Weekend


13/09/2016. Bram Stoker Festival Launches Four Days Of Living Stories And Four Nights Of Deadly Adventures. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, and Failte Ireland Head of Dublin, Keelin Fagan, joined a group of young boys and girls behind the walls of a North Great Georges Street gothic pile to summon the supernatural and launch the programme for Bram Stoker Festival 2016. Shadowy werewolves and haunting hands were projected onto the walls of one of Dublin’s oldest houses as children look on in amazement. Also taking part were festival participants Michelle McMahon of Nightmare Plants and striking green haired belle and Reptile Queen Miss Kitty Le Roux of Bleedin Deadly with her pet albino python and Shadow puppets by Emily Collins and Catriona Moloney. Pictured are Miss Kitty Le Roux with her pet albino python and Michelle McMahon of Nightmare Plants. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
lPhotography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland


Summon the supernatural and get ghoulishly gothic this weekend as Bram Stoker Festival returns on Friday with four days of living stories and four nights of deadly events. Honouring Dublin’ most famous Gothic son, the packed programme includes theatre, spectacle, visual arts and music in haunting locations across the city. Bram Stoker Festival is a Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council initiative. For events information and tickets sink your teeth

Fans of the unusual are invited to travel back to a time when gentlemen wore top hats, ladies wore corsets and mobile phones were steam-powered forBleedin’ Deadly (Oct 28th – 31st, 9pm, Tickets €20), a raucous celebration of a time when the Freak Show dominated in all its shocking glory, in the atmospheric Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital. Over in the National Concert Hall the culturally curious and fans of Todd Browning’s 1931 classic movieDracula can enjoy Dracula Live (Sat 29th, 8pm, Tickets €27) which sees leading Irish musicians Matthew Nolan and Sean Mac Erlaine create a chilling, atmospheric new score for this iconic film which they will perform live on the night.

For families, master-storytellers and creators of stunning, brilliant chaos, and big, bold, visual spectacles, Macnas, will summon spirits and awaken the ghosts with Sleep No More (Mon 31st, 6pm, Free), a new parade like no other seen in Dublin. Under cloak of twilight, the whole family will be entertained as magic is released in a stunning crescendo of street art, parade and thundering music beginning on Moore St before making its way down Henry St and Wolfe Tone St. Across the river, see St Patrick’s Park like never before as it transforms into Stokerland (Sat 29th & Sun 30th, 11am-4.30pm, Free), a pop-up gothic fun park with the macabre talents of world class street-performers alongside rides and attractions to ensure a fangtastic time for all!

Speaking about the return of the festival, Tom Lawlor Festival Director said: “this October Bank Holiday weekend allows Dubliners and visitors alike to experience the city like never before. By day we have programmed gothic intrigue at family friendly events, talks and interactive experiences, before night descends and we embrace the darkness with deadly adventures offering macabre thrills in unusual locations.”

Prohibition: the Beautiful and the Damned at IMMA with Film Fatale (Sat 29th, Tickets €34 plus booking fee), features a night of gothic glamour, strange curiosities, the bewitching and the bizarre at Ireland’s most elegantly decadent Halloween celebration; while Horror Expo in the stunning surroundings of Freemasons Grand Lodge (Sun 30th, 2pm-2am, tickets €42.43 including booking fee) will deliver a one of a kind event promising to please the most ardent of horror fans, a day filled with panels, Q&A sessions, screenings, and paranormal investigations; and Werewolves (28th – 31st Oct, venues across the city, Free) is a tactical game of finger-pointing and self-preservation, a high-octane, high-stakes parlour game played with friends and strangers around a table. Find out if you’re a villager or werewolf, but be careful: this game is survival of the fittest. Trust nobody, observe closely, because werewolves are hiding among villagers and as day turns to night their aim is to subsume the village.

Dubliners and visitors to the city are invited to follow the fun using #BiteMeDublin at and @bramstokerdub on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sinister Screenings at the Bram Stoker Festival


 The Curse of Styria

The Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October, features a film programme of Sinister Screenings with new and classic films. 


A Dublin City Council initiative in association with Fáilte Ireland, the festival is inspired by the heritage of world famous Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his notorious novel Dracula.  From large-scale spectacle to intimate performances in unusual spaces and a whole range of film and literary events there is something to whet the appetites of all.

Sinister Screenings:


THE CURSE OF STYRIA – Irish premiere

Inspired by Carmilla, the seminal 19th Century vampire tale by Sheridan LeFanu, The Curse of Styria plunges 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 a car crash outside of the castle, emerges the beautiful and enigmatic Carmilla (Julia Pietrucha)Friday, 24th October, 6pm, Screen Cinema, Townsend Street, Dublin 2.


BEAUTIFUL NOISE – Irish premiere

“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.  Sunday 26th October, 6pm, Screen Cinema, Townsend Street, Dublin 2.



“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.  Sunday, 26th October, 6pm, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.



Against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange, The Cure: In Orange captures 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 Orange was released only on VHS and laser disc. This outdoor standing ‘concert’ is a must for any Cure fan.  Sunday, 26th October, 8.30 pm, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.  Admission is free.


ORPHEUS – (ORPHEÉ ) – A film by Jean Cocteau (1950)

This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. 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.  Sunday 27th October, 4pm, Brooks Hotel Private Cinema, Drury Lane, Dublin 2.


LA BELLE ET LA BÊTEA film by Jean Cocteau (1946)

La Belle et la Bête is 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 Bête is a much loved and timeless classic.  Monday, 27th October, 2pm, Brooks Hotel Private Cinema, Drury Lane, Dublin 2.


THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI with live music by 3epkano

A huge commercial and critical success in its day, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is 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.


Dublin based 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 both Ireland and the US to huge critical acclaim.  24th October, 8pm, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin.  Tickets are now on sale and cost €15 per person plus €1.50 booking fee. Over 16’s only.




Competition: Win tickets to ‘The Brides of Dracula’


From 26th – 28th October, Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula. Amongst the many events lined up includes a selection of film screenings curated by award-winning author and movie critic Kim Newman.

Thanks to the children of the night at the festival we have blood-stained tickets to give away to The Brides of Dracula, Terence Fisher’s 1960 follow-up to Hammer’s 1958 Dracula. The screening takes place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar at 9:30 pm Sunday, 27th October.

To win yourself a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question:

Who stars in The Brides of Dracula?

Email your answer to before lunchtime on Friday, 25th October when the Film Ireland hat will suck the blood of all entrants and select the winners.

Winners will be notified by email on Friday afternoon.

Full details of the event are at



Films at Bram Stoker Festival



This October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin City will celebrate all things ghoulish at the ‘fangtastic’ second annual Bram Stoker Festival, running Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th October, 2013.  This year’s event features an eclectic selection of six films taking inspiration from Stoker’s work, chosen for the Festival by Kim Newman.  Taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration, the Festival spreads across Dublin City Centre, and will celebrate all things macabre, strange and supernatural mixed with some fun for fiction fans!


Films screening over the bank holiday weekend in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, are The Monster Squad; Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula;  the animated hit Hotel Transylvania; The Brides of Dracula starring the legendary Peter Cushing; a midnight screening of Paul Morrissey’s Blood for Dracula; and Guy Maddin’s remarkable Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary


Commenting on his selections, Kim Newman said: “From 1922, when FW Murnau adapted Bram Stoker’s novel freely as Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror, Dracula has been a recurrent presence in the cinema.  Indeed, the character has escaped from his original creator and become a fixture in everything from gothic horror to children’s cartoons, with sumptuous literary adaptations and drive-in exploitation pictures along the way.  I have tried to select films that represent a range of approaches to the subject matter, from the classical to the subversive, the horrific to the romantic, the commercial to self-consciously arty.  One even shifts the focus from Dracula to his nemesis, Van Helsing, while the others present three major Dracula performances.”


Kim Newman is an award-winning author and well-known and respected movie critic.  He writes regularly for Empire.  His new novel, Johnny Alucard, is the long-awaited next instalment in his award-winning Anno Dracula series.


Event information:

Date:                    Saturday 26th – Monday 28th October

Where:                Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. 

Admission:         €6.00 Adults, €4 children & Concessions (Seniors/Students/Unemployed)




The Monster Squad:Saturday 26th October @ 19.30

PG / 82 min / 1987 / Director: Fred Dekker.  Starring – Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht.

Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, the Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon begin a reign of evil, and a group of kids try to stop them. 

Dracula:Saturday 26th October @ 21.30

PG / 75 min / 1931 / Director: Tod Browning.  Starring – Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners.

Tod Browning’s early talkie is an essential horror movie, spotlighting Bela Lugosi’s star-making turn as the vampire Count. 


Hotel Transylvania:  Sunday 27th October @ 18.30

U / 91 min / 2012 / Director: Genndy Tartakovsky.  Starring – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andey Samberg, Selena Gomez.

A sweet, inventive, gag-fest with amusing rethinks of the classic monsters. 


The Brides of Dracula:  Sunday 27th October @ 21.30

12 / 85 min / 1960 / Director: Terence Fisher.  Starring – Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur.

This splendidly gothic follow-up to Hammer’s 1958 Dracula pits Peter Cushing’s stalwart Van Helsing against Baron Meinster (David Peel), who persuades winsome heroine (Yvonne Monlaur) to unlock the silver chain his devoted mother (Martita Hunt) uses to keep him in check.  


Blood for Dracula: Sunday 27th October @ 12.00midnight

18 / 106 min / 1974 / Director: Paul Morrissey.  Starring – Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica.

Morrissey’s elegant yet gruesome vampire pastiche has Dracula so desperate for virgin blood that he travels to Italy for fresher victims.  


Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary:  Monday 28th October @ 8.30pm

PG / 73 min / 2002 / Director: Guy Maddin.  Starring – Wei – Qiang Zang, Tara Birthwhistle, David Maroni.

Guy Maddin’s ballet version is at once among the most bizarre Dracula adaptations and the most faithful to the letter of the novel. 


Supported by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin City Business Improvement District, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, Dublin Castle, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Office of Public Works, Dublin Festival Season, 98fm, Dublin Bus, LUAS and