Award-Winning Irish Gothic Horror, The Lodgers, Lands on Netflix

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Award-Winning Irish Gothic Horror, The Lodgers, Lands on Netflix

Posted: 23rd August 2018

The award-winning Screen Ireland funded Gothic ghost story The Lodgers is now available on Netflix. The film has been released almost worldwide on the streaming platform, and follows on from its successful international theatrical releases, including a take of almost half a million at the Italian box office earlier this spring. 

After premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, the film was chosen as the closing film for the Sitges Film Festival and also screened at numerous other festivals, including Cork, Torino, Brussels, amongst many more. It picked up awards at Terror Molins del Rei, Fancine and an IFTA for Best Visual Effects. 

Set in 1920s rural Ireland, the film follows twin brother and sister Rachel and Edward who share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother - and with the curse that haunts them.

The film was written by David Turpin, directed by Brian O'Malley, and produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films. Macdara Kelleher as executive producer and The film was financed by Screen Ireland and Epic Pictures Group (who also acted as EPs and world sales agents for the film). 

The film was filmed entirely in Wexford in late autumn 2016, predominantly in Loftus Hall, widely regarded as the 'most haunted house in Ireland'. Its cast includes Irish stars Moe Dunford (Black 47, Patricks Day, Rosie), Deirdre O'Kane (Noble) and Roisin Murphy (What Richard Did), as well as international stars such as Charlotte Vega (American Assassin, Rec), Bill Milner (X:Men, iBoy), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones).