Talk about a film kicking off with a bang. We are informed there is evil on the streets, a sadistic rapist needs to be dealt with so enter Taryn Barker – Demon Hunter. After dispatching with his head Taryn escapes but after giving the severed noggin’ to a waiting guy on a motorbike, she is arrested by the police.
Interrogated by Detective Beckett, Taryn is saying nothing until the cop recognises her. Years earlier Taryn’s sister was murdered and Beckett was put on the case. Haunted by his inability to solve it, the policeman stumbles onto an age old battle of killing demonic bad guys involving Taryn.
There is a rather unpleasant fellow by the name of Falstaff who offered Taryn ‘help’ back after her sister’s death but had other intentions for her. Falstaff will stop at nothing to succeed and now he’s kidnapped Beckett’s daughter…
Debuting director Zoe Kavanagh (with a short film and music videos in her resume) has done literally wonders with what was a limited budget. There’s some decent fighting on display and it does help that lead actress Niamh Hogan worked on TV’s The Vikings, so she looks pretty convincing kicking ass. Complimenting the carnage is a cool soundtrack and some great editing. It’s also the first Irish demon hunting film I can recall and the accents (and location) make it a nice change from American ones. I also found the demon make-up rather engaging as it’s good old rubber masks and pretty groovy ones too with Falstaff’s goons looking pretty menacing in their scary cloaks.
Demon Hunter is a film loaded with ambition with a dedicated production team to make the best film possible and most importantly it’s entertaining. It might have all kinds of influences from other genre films but when you’re in for a pretty good time, who cares.
- Starring Niamh Hogan Alan Talbot Sarah Tapes Jenkinson Michael Parle
- Director Zoe Kavanagh