Extra Ordinary. – Ireland | Belgium, 2019 – reviews

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‘Putting the normal in paranormal’

Extra Ordinary. is a 2019 Irish-Belgian comedy horror feature film written and directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, with additional material by Demian Fox and Maeve Higgins. The movie stars the latter alongside Barry Ward and Will Forte.


Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her “talents” and tries to ignore the constant spirit-related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel.

But! Christian Winter, a washed-up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager- making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter.

Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy, and be home in time for a light snack… maybe yoghurt or something…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Part of Extra Ordinary’s novelty is that it allows supernatural comedy to feel like a lark again; the special effects are mostly low-tech and never overblown. There are times when this modesty gives way to carelessness—moments where Ahern and Loughman sacrifice a gag’s physical clarity or a dialogue exchange’s emotional impact in favor of a shock laugh. These bits still count toward the movie’s impressive laughs-per-minute rate…” AV Club

” …the story is nothing without a wonderful cast and that really is what makes Extra Ordinarysuch 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.” Heaven of Horror

” …the lightweight film mines familiar horror-comedy ground, but amid all the ectoplasm and satanic rites, it’s really the story of a shy and lonely woman who may have found the right man. It should perform well on streaming outlets, helping Higgins become a better-known face Stateside.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Some of the broader performances wear a bit thin […] The denouement yields a guessable twist, but also has some priceless technicalities (“Only the tip went in!”). Thanks to Higgins’ performance, and the bravura personality-shifting under gone by Ward’s character, the movie also earns its moments of genuine sweetness.” HorrorScreams VideoVault

“A grape, a toaster and a wheelie bin are amongst the mundane items possessed by ghosts in this, a serious contender for best horror-comedy of the year […] a warm and funny film with added gore…” House of Mortal Cinema

“While some of the stock-standard rom-com elements bring it down in the middle, Extra Ordinary is a confident feature debut that packs a lot of charm. It takes a genuinely original approach to its material and feels fresh throughout. Definitely worth a look if the concept grabs your attention.” Nightmarish Conjurings

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“Because the movie is lacking in humour, it would have had to make up for this deficiency in other areas, whether scares, emotion, or super-quick pacing. The film has none of those three things. Even though it clocks in at just over an hour and a half long, it feels much longer because there really isn’t anything to enjoy about it.” Popaxiom

“Writer/director Ahern pitches the comedy just right and makes this ridiculous story idea work through careful characterization, great pacing, and some really solid gags. It’s the little touches that make Extra Ordinary so good, and those touches are everywhere.” Screen Anarchy

Extra Ordinary manages to enter slapstick comedy territory during Rose’s efforts in trying to learn why Martin’s wife still haunts him.  Barry Ward really puts on quite the acting job in this regard.  After all, his character’s dead wife manages to take over his body, voice mannerisms and all.” Solzy at the Movies

” …an accessibly off-the-wall comedy that moves at a brisk but unhurried pace, incorporating a suitable array of digital effects for its fantasy theme without succumbing to the usual CG overkill. The packaging is quite savvy in all departments…” Variety


Extra Ordinary. had its world premiere at SXSW on March 10, 2019. A US release in select theaters befan on March 6, 2020.


Cast and characters:

  • Maeve Higgins … Rose Dooley
  • Barry Ward … Martin Martin
  • Will Forte … Christian Winter
  • Claudia O’Doherty … Claudia Winter
  • Jamie Beamish … Brian Welsh
  • Terri Chandler … Sailor Dooley
  • Risteard Cooper … Vincent Dooley
  • Emma Coleman … Sarah Martin
  • Carrie Crowley … Marion Mularkey
  • Mary McEvoy … Janet
  • Sarah O’Farrell … Levitating Teenage Girl
  • Agatha Ellis … Young Rose
  • Jon Cheung … Delivery Guy
  • Valerie O’Connor … Angela
  • Siobhan McSweeney … Boring Noreen
  • Paul Holmes … Chipper man
  • Eamon Morrissey … Mr. Daly
  • Alison Spittle … Alison
  • Daniel Reardon … Posh Older Man
  • Jed Murray … Astaroth the Demon
  • Mike Ahern … Bin Man
  • Enda Loughman … Bellyflop Guy

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