07 Dec 2021

Donegal horror film on video release

Donegal horror film on video release
By Sue Doherty @dgldemocrat

A new feature film made in Donegal has gone on video on demand release.

Night People, an indie sci-fi horror film, was directed by Gerard Lough from Newtowncunningham and stars Michael Parle, Jack Dean-Shepherd and Claire Blennerhassett.

A number of local actors, including Aidan O' Sullivan, John D.Ruddy, Kieran Kelly, Michael McLaughlin, Geraldine Foy and Derek O' Sullivan, also feature.

Nearly all of the film was shot in Donegal, at many of the county’s most scenic locations such as Fanad Lighthouse, Grianan of Aileach and Barnesmore Gap.

The photo here was taken at the Maghera caves in Ardara and is used on the film’s trailer poster.

The story of Night People involves a pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals who break into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam.

Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales.

This is Lough’s first feature film and the first time that a feature length motion picture has been directed by someone from Donegal.

The director garnered widespread acclaim for his previous shorts, Deviant, The Stolen Wings, his 2010 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Boogeyman, and 90 seconds.

Night People features his trademark style of striking visuals, dark subject matters and an intertwining narrative.

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Photograph: Night People was originally released last year and was released to video on demand this week. This scene was shot at Maghera caves, Ardara.

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