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Demon Hunter: Film Details DecayMag.com Tony Flynn, Zoe Kavanagh Taryn Baker Demon Hunter

Original Title:

Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter 

Director: Zoe Kavanagh

Writers: Zoe Kavanagh, Tony Flynn

Release Date: TBA, 2017

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Running Time: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

Synopsis

Detective Ray Beckett seeks the aid of homicide suspect, Taryn Barker, in rescuing his daughter from a demonic force.

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Overview

Taryn (portrayed by Niamh Hogan) becomes distraught and vengeful. This after the death of her younger sister, Annabelle (portrayed by Aisli Moran). As the story progresses Taryn meets Falstaff (portrayed by Michael Parle). Falstaff is a demon who offers her a position in his sinister force. After surviving his clutches, Taryn soon meets a group demon hunters. With their aid Taryn begins training to fight evil.

A run-in with a man who she thinks is a demon result in her arrest While detained Falstaff begins a murder spree. The nefarious demon gives an ultimatum release Taryn or he’ll take a life.

Detective Beckett (portrayed by Alan Talbot) and his family become targeted by Falstaff. As time runs out Falstaff gains in the mental play. Until Taryn gives herself to him lives will be at risk. She has to make a decision and fast.

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Pros

The Cinematography for Demon Hunter is amazing. The film has a comic book aesthetic, which is interesting. The darkness and intensity of the film are of notable interest. Cinematographer Luca Rocchini does an amazing job on Demon Hunter.

The Performances were good in execution. Niamh Hogan, in particular, did an awesome job as the protagonist. Hogan portrayed a both a strong dark vigilante/assassin and a kind hearted woman. One of Falstaff’s goals was to corrupt Taryn’s mind and turn it dark and empty. He failed at this mission.

A demonic possession film portrayed with intense action is rarely seen. This type of intensity was an interesting and rejuvenating spin. Michael Parle does a fantastic job at Falstaff, and so does the actors who portray his minions. He is one of the most intimidating demons since Gabriel Byrne in End of Days.

The plot for Demon Hunter is something I’ve seen before, but it has a unique twist to the theme. Slight changes in the script make this film original in its own right. I am a big advocate for a strong female protagonist.

The musical score for Demon Hunter is amazing and a great addition to the film. Each dramatic scene is complemented with a score that enhances the viewer experience. Music Composer Scott Tobin does a tremendous job on building tense moments.

The practical effects and special effects are really nice and not cliche or cheesy. The Viewing Experience is quite a treat.

The Viewing Experience is quite a treat.

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Con

Demon Hunter doesn’t have an intense Scare Factor. It has a couple of jump scares, which are effective.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I saw this film in the cinema in Dundrum last night. I’d agree that the cinematography and effects are excellent for what must be a pretty low budget movie. The soundtrack is also great, with some great cheesy 80s sounds. However, the plot is a bit muddled, and sometimes feels as if it was an afterthought of coming up with the premise. Way too much exposition by way of flashbacks. Some of the performances left a bit to be desired too, with the notable exception of the lead, Niamh Hogan. The real negative was the dialogue. Quite a few of the cheesy lines had the cinema audience giggling, which I’m sure was not the desired effect. “I’m the nightmare you deserve” didn’t sound any better the second time the protagonist said it.

    Overall the film feels like a reasonably well put together attempt to do an Irish-based version of a lot of films/tv shows we’ve all seen before, rather than an attempt to do anything even partly original. We’re in a pretty good period for low-budget horror movies at the moment, and while ‘low-budget’ is a pretty broad spectrum, good ideas don’t cost money.

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