Extra Ordinary – Ireland, Belgium, 2019 – with reviews and new trailer

‘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…


” …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.” Nadja Houmoller, 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.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“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

“Because the movie is lacking in humor, 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.” Sean Boelman, Popaxiom

The movie’s biggest strength is in its acting. Surprisingly, even though the characters are pretty annoying, the actors all do a solid job of being charismatic.

“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.” J Hurtado, 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.” Danielle Solzman, 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…” Dennis Harvey, Variety


Extra Ordinary had its world premiere at SXSW on March 10, 2019.

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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