Sure, everyone loves binging on beer and corned beef and cabbage, but what better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a horror movie marathon? We at The Lineup think every day deserves a scream—this one should just be a bit more green. Whether you like cult classics, sick slashers, silly cinema, or movies that will genuinely chill you to the bone, you're in luck! Here are six movies that can make even the most frivolous holiday a fright.
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The first in this ridiculous horror comedy series doesn't take place on St. Patrick's day itself, but its villain is certainly festive enough. Starring Jennifer Aniston in one of her early roles, the film follows a young woman, Tory, who must face off against an evil leprechaun (Warwick Davis) on a bloodthirsty hunt for the gold that was stolen from him. The film is a tongue-in-cheek right of passage for horror lovers, and if you find you can't get enough of this cult classic, there are plenty of sequels that get gradually more bizarre.
Red Clover is generally considered one of the better movies offered by Syfy—but take that as you will. Still, if you enjoy a fun B movie, it's well worth a watch. 60 years ago, a terrible massacre befell the fictional town of Keening, Massachusetts. Ever since, the town has forgone celebrating St. Patrick's Day. But when Karen O'Hara (Courtney Halverson) accidentally unleashes the vicious leprechaun upon the town once more, she and her father, Sheriff Connor O'Hara (Billy Zane) must fight off against a mythical creature they never believed in.
This wild ride of a film takes place on St. Patrick's Day. Throughout the streets of New York City, innocent people are being brutally murdered by a uniformed police officer. Lieutenant McCrae (Tom Atkins) tries to solve this dangerous case while also attempting a coverup for the sake of the NYPD's reputation. And as young officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) is framed for the crimes, it seems like the real perpetrator may be something entirely impossible—a man back from the dead, on a bloody path of revenge.
If you're looking for the strangest movie to watch this holiday—or really any other day—then Unlucky Charms is going to be the flick for you. This fantasy horror follows five beautiful women competing for the chance to become the model for the new high-end lingerie line of diva DeeDee DeVille (Jeryl Prescott). But when one by one the women start to disappear, there's more at stake than just a job. DeeDee has invoked four mythical beings—The Cyclops (Peter Donald Badalamenti II), The Banshee (Katrina Kemp), The Hobgoblin (Ben Woolf/Chris MacDonnell), and the mischievous red leprechaun, Farr Darrig (Nathan Phillips). The creatures are out to steal the women's souls, and only one will survive.
Paying homage to sex-obsessed old school horror, this film is notorious for its gratuitous nudity. How gratuitous could it be? The film had its world premiere at the Playboy Mansion. A group of friends is lucky to be alive after passing through a long forgotten ancient burial ground in the marshes of Cape Cod. But as they stumble into an empty vacation house for shelter, the ordeal is just beginning. They'll be spending their St. Patrick's Day trapped between the evil entity from the marsh and a new unspeakable horror—which also wants them dead.
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This is sure to be the most terrifying film on this list. With its silly counterparts, it may not seem like that's saying much, but this is truly a movie for any horror fan to see. It's connection to St. Patrick's Day is actually pretty tenuous, but it's an Irish film that draws on Celtic folklore, so that's enough for me.
The film follows a couple who have just moved with their infant baby into a remote mill house in Ireland. While they are treated coldly by the locals, they learn of a legend that says the surrounding forest is inhabited by "The Hallow," which are baby-stealing fae. Suddenly the new family is in a world of unspeakable danger.