The Perished – Hometown Premiere

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THE PERISHED will have its “HOMETOWN PREMIERE” at the ODEON, CASTLETROY, LIMERICK at 9.20pm on FRIDAY THE 13TH OF MARCH, 2020. This will be the last time for IRISH audiences to see the film until a distributor is locked in for the territories of IRELAND & THE UK.

Key cast and crew will be at the event including Director, Paddy Murphy, Producer/DP, Barry Fahy, Producer Vachn GillCourtney McKeon [lead actor], Paul Fitzgerald [lead actor], Noelle Clarke [supporting actor] as well as Stephen Tubridy [creature performer]


THE PERISHED is a drama/horror film which tells the story of a young Irish woman named Sarah Dekker (award-winning actress, Courtney McKeon) who finds herself dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, her subsequent abortion, and the consequences of a judgmental society.

The HOMETOWN PREMIERE in LIMERICK will cost €6 for tickets and includes a small popcorn at receptionThere will be an introduction from Writer/Director, Paddy Murphy as well as a Q&A with select cast & crew, after the screening.


While recovering from an abortion, a young woman is tormented by the spirits of the unborn…who seek a mother.

Critical praise for THE PERISHED:

 “A compelling fusion of emotional anguish and supernatural horror”

  • Andrew Marshall, Starburst Magazine

 “An impressively dark tale rooted in real-life horrors!”

  • Joey Keogh, Wicked Horror

 “Handles its subject matter with grace and respect.”

  • Connor Strader, Nightmarish Conjurings

 “A brilliant sophomoric effort and solidifies Murphy’s spot on the “directors to watch” list.”

  • Andrew Brooker, Jumpcut Online

 “Like something straight out of Clive Barker’s mind.”

  • -Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

“McKeon is excellent in the lead”

  •  -Kim Newman, Genre Critic & Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author

 “It looks like Irish genre films have got a rising star to keep an eye on!”

  •  -Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

The film was written and directed by Paddy Murphy, who produced alongside Barry Fahy and Vachn Gill. It stars Courtney McKeon (THE THREE DON’TS), Fiach Kunz (GAME OF THRONES), Paul Fitzgerald (THE SLEEP EXPERIMENT), and Lisa Tyrrell (URBAN TRAFFIK).

THE PERISHED is coming to the end of its festival run, having world premiered at FrightFest UK, the largest horror and genre-specific festival in Europe, in August of 2019. The film had its Irish premiere at the Irish Film Institute as part of Horrorthon in October 2019 before playing several locations in the UK (garnering a number of awards), Italy and most recently having its US premiere at Panic Fest in Kansas City, Missouri.


At Panic Fest the film was introduced by Joe Lynch – director of WRONG TURN 2, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, EVERLY, MAYHEM and, most recently, Netflix’s POINT BLANK, which starred Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. Joe Lynch not only did the introduction but also went on to moderate the Q&A and championed the film online, stating, “It’s like Ken Loach remade DON’T LOOK NOW!”

The poster was designed by acclaimed artist Christopher Shy, who created posters for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE HEAD HUNTER, PET SEMATARY, and more. Post-production and sound was handled by Massimiliano Borghesi (BOOK OF MONSTERS). A limited number of EXCLUSIVE poster prints will be available at the HOMETOWN PREMIERE at a cost of €5 per poster.

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The Horror Collective is a genre sales & distribution label led by Shaked Berenson (former co-founder of Epic Pictures and producer of films like TALES OF HALLOWEEN and SEA FEVER) and Jonathan Barkan (former Editor-in-Chief of horror news site DREAD CENTRAL).

Distribution for Ireland and the UK is currently still being negotiated.

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Celtic Badger Media Official Site:

The Perished – Review round up #1

Hey guys,

We’ve been absolutely blown away by the overall reactions coming in about The Perished since it’s world premiere at FrightFest on the 26th of August. We’ve had 10+ reviews and the majority of them have been overwhelmingly positive. The best ones really and deeply understood the subject matter and message of the film. We are so grateful to all the press who attended the premiere or reached out for a screener if they were unable to attend. More reviews coming very soon, but we’re all overwhelmingly proud.

Also will be doing a separate post with all podcast interviews/mentions/appearances since the premiere very soon too!


“There is nothing easy about watching THE PERISHED, but most of the best genre films are difficult to watch. This is a small indie film that makes you feel and think, and stands tall against a lot of the mindless drivel being spat out by Hollywood today. I can’t recommend it enough.” – Connor Fitzgerald Strader


“Paddy Murphy gets behind his podium and tells his story, forcing you to be a part of the conversation. It’s piercing atmosphere will leave as much of a cold feeling in the pit of your stomach as it will leave you scared. The film is a brilliant sophomoric effort and solidifies Murphy’s spot on the “directors to watch” list.” – Andrew Brooker

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“Slowly and deliberately, once the phantom screams begin, Murphy starts to season the story with other creepy elements. These elements gradually build in frequency and intensity to an almighty crescendo that screams horror. The climactic moments are like something straight out of Clive Barker’s mind and have a distinct Hellraiser tone to them.” – Kat Hughes


“You hope that films like this serve to shine a light of culpability on the people who wear church doctrine like a shield against legislative changes and the individual misery they continue to cause by wanting to deny a woman the right to do what she wants with her body.” – Stuart Wright


“Paddy Murphy shows plenty of promise with The Perished. You can see his skill as both a writer and a director, and his premise for the film is engaging and unsettling. Add to that the current landscape in the Republic of Ireland in the context of the subject matter here, and I’d go as far as to say Murphy has been very bold. It looks like Irish genre films have got a rising star to keep an eye on and I can’t wait to see what he does for his next film.” – Pip Ellwood-Hughes

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“Everyone apart from Sarah acts as if constrained by the conventions of their roles, but that’s precisely why her situation is so agonising – there’s a quiet horror in the moments when she foresees how conversations are going to play out with her useless boyfriend or narrow-minded mother but still has to go through with the argument.” – Kim Newman


“Written and directed by Paddy Murphy (The Three Don’ts, 2017), The Perished is obviously made on a low budget, even if a similar economy does not always govern its dialogue, which is at times overlong, repetitive and a little on the banal side. Yet that mundanity offsets the bizarre nature of what is emerging in the house, and the film’s central issues – women’s bodies and choices in a country which has traditionally oppressed them – are compelling ones, here handled with welcome irrationality and irresolution.” – Anton Bitel


“A great well written 1st attempt from a very passionate director Paddy Murphy with a solid team behind him to create a thoughtful drama about the rush decisions we make in life and the consequences that becomes of it.” – Jonathan Hughes



“It’s clear that Murphy is a talented filmmaker to watch, however. The film shows his skill at navigating depth, tone, and tension. He clearly knows what’s horrifying. It may just be that he’s taken on something too terrifying, or too grand, here, but you can feel the effort behind his storytelling. And with that kind of passion driving him, I’ll be first in line to see what comes next.” – Craig Ranallo


“Murphy never forgets where the true horror lies. It’s in bowing to shame and stigma, actions which ensure a horrific cycle will remain unbroken, and cause the same tragedies to repeat ad nauseam. It’s taking away someones choice, relinquishing them of their autonomy, and forcing them to go through with something they don’t want to. It’s in these moments that the film stays with you, long after the credits have rolled.”                    – James Rodders


“This is reminiscent of early Scorsese and Stanley Kubricks sense of dread this film is not to be missed. If you’re at Fright Fest I’d highly recommend seeing this one it’s one of the best films” – A.J Friar



“Murphy wisely sidesteps the question of when life begins by having the spirits act as a stand-in for stigma. He wants rural Ireland to face up to its history, so uses the location to draw a continuity between Sarah’s experiences and women from years, decades and centuries before. In this respect, The Perished isn’t pro-life or pro-choice but pro-empathy” – David. S. Smith


“After Davet relays the unspectacular story of his coming out to his parents, he scolds Sarah for lighting a cigarette. “My parents might be okay with my sexuality,” he says, “but if they thought I was fu–ing smoking they’d crucify me!” It’s a playful line that captures the arbitrary rules by which households often operate, and suggests that, were things different, Sarah’s mother might have been merely anti-smoking rather than anti-choice.” – Sean McGeady


The Perished is fresh, interesting and often chilling with its supernatural horror. What it lacks in the occasional substandard performance, it makes up for with the story itself and the use of macabre visuals. Not the most mind blowing ghost story I’ve seen but still one I had fun with, and found a lot to like about, The Perished should appease those in need of a decent spooky tale.” – Chris Cummings

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The Perished is still a decent film that tells the story it wants to tell, but it feels a little lackluster overall. Despite my lowish rating, this is a horror with a very strong message that many people will connect with. While it didn’t fully resonate with me, Murphy has made an intriguing contribution to a genre that thrives off of the horrors of real life.”       – Toni Stanger


Britflicks Podcast: The Perished

In a recent podcast, Stuart Wright took the time to speak with Paddy Murphy, writer & director of The Perished about the film, ahead of it’s FrightFest premiere. The two talk about everything from the film’s inception, the development of the story, the production and the post-production. Check out the podcast below:

Stuart went on to write a piece on the blog about Joe Lynch’s push to Paddy to make the film, which you can find here.

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Lisa Tyrrell as Rebecca Daly in The Perished

We keep saying it but it’s just incredible when we receive coverage and support for the film. It often seems like people care more on an international level about the film than they do domestically in Ireland. This could be due to the fact that the film does challenge some taboo topics, or because the referendum is fresh in everyones mind.

Whatever the case we’re so thankful to Stuart and all at Britflicks for giving us a platform to talk about the film. It means the world to us.

Celtic Badger Media.

Paddy goes to Hell

This week I had the great privilege to go on one of my ALL-TIME favourite podcasts, Strong Language and Violent Scenes podcast – hosted by the wonderful, charming and talented Andy Stewart and Mitch Bain. This was a dream come true to me as such a long time fan of the show.


The show’s format is an incredibly fun one. A guest comes on to try and defend a movie that they love that is either critically panned, commercially unsuccessful or lost in the mists of time and obscurity. I chose Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday; a film I’ve had a soft spot for since I was only a wee ‘un.

Jason Goes to Hell was directed by Adam Marcus, who at the time was only 23 years old. Getting handed the reigns of a franchise at such a young age, you might presume Adam would stick to doling out the same kind of familiar tropes the franchise was known (and beloved) for, but instead he did something completely unique and in my humble opinion, refreshing.


With the return of Kane Hodder, more body hopping than you can shake a machete at and a stellar performance from the incredible Steven Williams as Creighton Duke, Jason Goes to Hell has since then gained a cult following and won over many of the naysayers, but was I able to sway Andy and Mitch on my film of choice?

Check the episode out over on Podbean to find out.


Or also on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast or wherever you consume your podcast media.

I talk a bit about The Perished and our FrightFest world premiere around the 1 hour and 22 minute mark, if you’re inclined to check that out and for some reason don’t want to hear me, Andy and Mitch going down a Creighton Duke rabbit hole of no return 😉


A huge thanks again to the guys. This was honestly something I’ve wanted to do since they first started the show and I really couldn’t appreciate the opportunity enough. Andy has been a close friend and colleague for the past four years and is genuinely, one of the most talented film-makers I’ve had the great luck to meet and work with. I learned so much working as third AD on his short film Remnant and owe him a world of gratitude!

Please check the show out and subscribe, give it a 5 star rating and show some love.

And remember, it’s better to die alone than live as food in a world of CHUD’s.

Therapy from The Movie Crypt

I happen to be a great lover of Podcasts. My favourites include Shock Waves, Strong Language & Violent Scenes, Fear Initiative, Film Riot Podcast and of course, Adam Green, Joe Lynch and Dr. Arwen over on The Movie Crypt.

The Movie Crypt has been running for around 6 years and in that time it has become an incredible source of information and inspiration to film-makers around the globe. CBM are lucky enough to be proud supporters of the show over on Patreon, meaning that we get to ask questions as part of viewer mail and of course, the show’s fantastic Hollywood Therapy segment.


Since we first developed the concept of The Perished, I’ve reached out a number of times through it’s production for advice and created somewhat of an ongoing saga around the film’s development & now, completion. It was nice to be able to kind of bookend the Hollywood Therapy journey in some way – while also getting some great advice about what to do next.

From the show;

JOE: I totally remember being outside The Phoenix [Artist Club] with Paddy that night and you know, like, that’s the thing when you go to FrightFest – everyone goes to The Phoenix afterwards. That’s just a moment where you’re not like, you’re not on – so to speak but everybody goes there and everyone is just having a good time and you go upstairs afterwards to just kind of… decompress, or get some air or whatever.

I remember having a conversation with Paddy and you know kind of just giving him, encouragement – you know, you can keep moving and to hear that he got his movie into FrightFest make’s me feel so happy for him and for everybody involved.

Honestly, this means so much given Joe Lynch (and of course, Adam Green’s) influence on the film both from it’s conceit through to it’s FrightFest premiere announcement. A huge thanks to Adam, Joe and of course Dr. Arwen for the advice, encouragement and support and for all the wonderful content they continue to create both on The Movie Crypt and beyond that with Films and their fantastic sitcom, Holliston.


Joe Lynch’s new movie, Point Blank, just dropped on Netflix starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, while Adam’s most recent feature film, Victor Crowley is available online to buy on and also via VOD streaming platforms like iTunes & Amazon. This excerpt comes from Episode 320, which see’s the dynamic trio interviewing genre icon, Sid Haig, star of Rob Zombies soon to be trilogy, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils’ Rejects & Three from Hell – as well as classic horror films like Spider Baby and Galaxy of Terror.


Check the episode out over here (or via Spotify, Google Podcasts etc.) and once again huge thanks (and massive congrats) to all the folks at The Movie Crypt who recently became part of the Fangoria podcasting network.

Read more about how Adam & Joe helped to make The Perished happen in our recent article about the film’s journey to it’s FrightFest premiere!

To quote Joe Lynch; Film-makers never give up!