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29th Oct 2021

WATCH: A new Irish horror movie starring Derry Girls’ Jamie Lee O’Donnell is coming soon

Katy Brennan

Irish folklore just got a whole lot scarier.

Warner Bros UK has released the trailer for its brand new horror movie Unwelcome.

The film revolves around a young couple who move from London to rural Ireland in search of a more peaceful lifestyle and end up finding themselves very – you guessed it – unwelcome.

If only someone had warned them about the evil, murderous goblins lurking in the ancient woods nearby.

In the trailer, we find out that the couple, Maya and Jamie (played by Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth), must leave a blood offering out every evening before sunset in order to keep the goblins known as the “redcaps” happy. If they forget, they’ll face the creatures’ wrath.

In mythology, redcaps are malevolent monsters that were often found at the scenes of tyranny or wicked deeds and were known for soaking their caps in the blood of their victims.

As it’s a horror movie, Maya and Jamie naturally forgot to leave out an offering one night and the monsters are unleashed. But what threat will they pose to Maya’s unborn baby?

Directed by Jon Wright and based on an original screenplay by Mark Stay, the movies features a plethora of Irish stars including Colm Meaney (The Snapper), Chris Walley (The Young Offenders) and Jamie Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls) who play the not-so-friendly locals.

It also features Kristian Nairn, who is best known for his role as Hodor in Game of Thrones – although, don’t get your hopes up about seeing too much of the actor, as he is shown in the trailer being dragged away screaming by an unseen force.

Jon Wright is no stranger to creature features and previously directed the Irish horror-comedy Grabbers, which sees an island invaded by killer aliens where the only chance for survival is to get very drunk.

Unwelcome hits cinemas on 4 February 2022.