EXTRA ORDINARY is a new Irish horror comedy that screened at Fantasia 2019. This movie is so dark and yet full of heart – and crude jokes, of course. Read why you definitely want to watch this in our Extra Ordinary review here!

Extra ordinary is a brlliant new horror comedy that just screened at Fantasia 2019. This time the movie is from Ireland and we’ve recently come to realize that we love the dark and honest humor of the Irish.

This is the kind of movie that embraces its horror comedy genre 110% and never takes itself too seriously. Quite the opposite and I absolutely love it.

We’ve included a few examples of the wonderful one-liners in our Extra Ordinary review below.

Who you gonna call? Rose Dooley!

No, this isn’t a slogan used in the movie, but it is a question that is asked and answered with this name. And yes, Rose Dooley has talents but she doesn’t want to use them. That’s why she has a driving school now but people call her a lot more to ask for other services.

And when Rose Dooley does try to help people in Extra Ordinary, she tends to make suggestions that people aren’t ready to hear. This results in a line like “Killing my dead wife is not an option!”

Also, do you know what a “Gloating” is? It is (of course!) a goat floating because it’s under a spell. And you do not want to touch a gloating. If you do, the result is very messy. You’ll see in what way when you watch this movie.

Overall, the ghosts and spells in Extra Ordinary aren’t scary and everyone seems to accept they’re just a part of life. This alone makes the movie a treat to watch because you don’t have to deal with non-believers.

For horror fans there’s the added bonus of seeing references to famous horror movies. Most notably The Exorcist.

Extra Ordinary – Horror Comedy Review

Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman aka D.A.D.D.Y.

One of our pet peeves here at Heaven of Horror is the use of bad CGI. However, when it comes to horror comedies, bad CGI can actually be acceptable. And yet, with Extra Ordinary we get solid CGI that just makes the story even more believable.

Hell, I completely buy into the world that is seemingly very normal in rural Ireland.

The brilliant minds behind Extra Ordinary is the director duo Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. If you want an indication of what to expect, just check out the introduction video on their website “We Are D.A.D.D.Y.” at www.teamdaddy.com 

We’ve included it here below and highly recommend checking it out for a good laugh!

Extra Ordinary is a glorious feature film debut

The story – and pace of telling the story – is so impressive that I found it hard to believe this was a feature film debut. But it is! This makes me both happy and excited about what we might see from director duo next.

Of course, the story is nothing without a wonderful cast and that really is what makes Extra Ordinary such a great watch. Everyone in this cast is absolutely hilarious, but the absolute star is Maeve Higgins who portrays Rose Dooley. Also, Will Forte has the main supporting role and is pretty damn perfect… but Maeve Higgins is my hero!

Extra Ordinary premiered at SXSW back in March 2019 and is still playing at film festivals world wide. We had the chance to watch is when it screened at Fantasia 2019 and you should watch it whenever you get the chance. 

Details

DIRECTORS: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
WRITERS: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
STARS: Maeve Higgins, Will Forte, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteárd Cooper, Barry Murphy, Claudia O’Doherty

Plot

Lonely thirtysomething Rose (an astonishingly great Maeve Higgins) is a driving instructor in a rural Irish town. It’s not an especially rewarding gig, but it’s all she can do to get away from her true calling — that of a paranormal “sensitive”, daughter of a famous departed TV medium. She’s become accustomed to seeing spiritual activity that others are blessedly oblivious to, and she’s quite happy to keep it private. This becomes rather difficult when past-his-prime rock star Christian Winter (an especially bonkers Will Forte) comes to town, looking for a sacrificial victim to renew his Satanic pact for one hell of a come-back album. A whole lot of supernatural craziness is about to put Rose to the test.

Nadja "HorrorDiva" Houmoller

I usually keep up-to-date with all the horror news, and make sure Heaven of Horror share the best and latest trailers for upcoming horror movies. I love all kinds of horror. My love affair started when I watched 'Poltergeist' alone around the age of 10. I slept like a baby that night and I haven't stopped watching horror movies since. The crazy slasher stuff isn't really for me, but hey, to each their own. I guess I just like to be scared and get jump scares, more than being disgusted and laughing at the grotesque. Also, Korean and Spanish horror movies made within the past 10-15 years are among my absolute favorites.
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