Unwelcome: The new horror movie starring Derry Girls’s Jamie Lee O’Donnell is coming, and it sounds bone-chilling

Warner Bros. UK has just released the chilling trailer for Unwelcome, a new horror film based on Irish folklore and judging by the cast, it already sounds like an unmissable one.

Directed by Jon Wright and based on an original screenplay by Mark Stay, the film  features a whole host of Irish stars including Jamie Lee O’Donnell from Derry Girls,  Colm Meaney from The Snapper and The Young Offenders‘ Chris Walley. It also features a cameo from Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor in Game of Thrones. But what has really drawn us in is all the spooky happenings in the trailer…

It’s a lot isn’t it! 

Here’s everything you need to know about Unwelcome  before it hits cinemas in 2022… 

What is Unwelcome about? 

The film is about a young couple, Maya and Jamie, who move from London to rural Ireland after Jamie inherits a home there. The two are in search of a more peaceful lifestyle, leaving the rat-race of city life behind them. However, like all good horror movies, things don’t go quite to plan and they end up finding themselves very – you guessed it – unwelcome in their new neighbourhood. Before they get a chance to settle in, they realise that there are malevolent, murderous goblins lurking in the ancient wood at the bottom of their garden and they’re left fighting for not only their lives, but their unborn baby’s too. 

The goblins are Redcaps, inspired by old Scottish folklore. “My grandfather, who was an Irish farmer, believed in fairies,” the film’s creator Jon Wright told Empire. “He used to say that he’d tried to build a wall at the foot of his garden, but every morning when he got up, it had been knocked down. He believed it was being built on fairy land, so he couldn’t have it there. And I had a book of fairy tales, Grimm fairy tales, in my grandfather’s house, which I always used to read when I went to stay. I’ve always been fascinated by myths and legends, and the sort of primal way that they tap into human nature.”

Who is in the cast of Unwelcome? 

The film stars Hannah John-Kamen (previously seen as Ghost in Ant-Man And The Wasp) and Douglas Booth as Maya and Jamie. As mentioned above, it also stars  Jamie Lee O’Donnell from Derry Girls,  Colm Meaney from The Snapper and The Young Offenders‘ Chris Walley. 

Is there a release date for Unwelcome?

Unwelcome will be hitting cinemas in the UK early next year on 4 February 2022, the countdown is officially on! 

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