Five FrightFest Facts From Paddy Murphy director of The Perished

The Twentieth FrightFest is here so obviously our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is back with a vengeance. Below we hear from Paddy Murphy director of The Perished and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2019 and beyond by clicking HERE.

1. Tell us about your film?
The Perished is an Irish Social-Horror about a young woman named Sarah Dekker who finds herself shunned from her family following the discovery of an unwanted pregnancy. Sarah, travels to the UK for an abortion but returns home to stigma & shame and decides to spend some time away with her best friend, Davet, in the Irish countryside.

Little does she know that the house they are staying at is a former Mother & Baby home with a mass baby grave beneath it. The spirits within the house, feeding on Sarah’s guilt, come together as a physical being called Kilin – a being who needs a mother.

For me this was a very important film to make at a very important time for Ireland as a country. The topics of abortion & the mass baby graves that were discovered here are actually the surface level and what the film is really about is miscommunication, shame & taboo and how these things can lead to real horrors between friends & family.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
In 2014 I wrote a short story called Ensnared, which won a couple of short story awards. I decided to turn it into a short film with the help of a local production company. It was through that company that I met many of my frequent collaborators & best friends.

Together in 2015 we formed Celtic Badger Media & began making one short film every month for almost a year. We also developed several shorts that went straight to festivals such as the horror shorts Retribution (starring Nicholas Vince) and An Beanshi (starring Tristan Risk). Horror has always been my first love & at first many within the company weren’t huge genre heads, but a few years around me and now most of them are coming to FrightFest to indulge in the dark heart of cinema 😉

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Hellraiser on 35mm. I know it’s been screened in the UK on 35 before, but I’d love to see it with the FrightFest crowd. That film meant to much to me growing up. I actually wore my VHS out I watched it so much. I have also been lucky enough to work a number of times with Nicholas Vince, who played the Chatterer. I would love to sit with him & all my friends at FrightFest watching this film that I believe helped shape who I am. If Clive Barker was there as a guest, that would be an even bigger bonus 😉

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
I would love a lifetime achievement award for veterans of the horror genre. I could see people like Clive Barker, Stephen King, Barbara Crampton or Dario Argento getting an award like that. The reason I love the idea of a lifetime achievement award is not only is it a recognition for that person, but it’s also a reminder to the new & emerging fans who are just getting into genre cinema as to their importance.
Alternatively a most supportive award… and I would give it to Joe Lynch ?

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
My life is a horror film. Ha ha. Nah, I’ve suffered a lot with depression & anxiety so at times it does feel like a psychological horror. I’m guessing Inner Demons would be a good title & if Kevin Smith would give serious acting a role, he’s the person people most compare me to. If not… uh Adrian Brody. I loved him in another psychological horror/thriller called The Jacket 😉



Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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