Review For New Irish Revenge Movie, Darkness On The Edge Of Town

The Brutal Murder Of A Loved One Sends A Young Sharpshooter On A Bloody Quest For Revenge.

Darkness On The Edge of Town Review

Darkness On The Edge Of Town is a revenge/drama/western written and directed by Patrick Ryan. The film was shot in the back-arse-of-nowhere in the west of Ireland.

I sat for the duration of the movie amazed at what I was seeing. We have a multi-layered story with great character development, direction, writing, and fantastic performances. The cinematography is beautifully eerie and haunting.

The film follows Cleo ( Emma Eliza Regan), a beautiful, young talented sharpshooter who lives in a rural part of West Ireland (The Shticks). She spends her days roaming the stunning landscapes, hunting whatever animals are unfortunate enough to pass by the cross-hairs of her rifle.

When her only sister is found dead with her throat slit in a public bathroom she sets out with her best friend, Robin (Emma Willis), to hunt down and execute the person responsible.

Darkness On The Edge Of Town offers us something fresh from what we usually see with revenge flicks. We know who the killer is from the beginning. This creates a completely different vibe that shifts the focus and the feel of the movie.
Cleo’s friend, Robin is a complete psychopath, but you also sympathise with her. Director, Ryan makes sure that we know about her character and her tragic upbringing. As the plot unfolds, we start to see more clearly why she is the way she is. She is a product of her own harsh upbringing.

Robin lives with her alcoholic mother (Clodagh Downing) and older brother, Virgil,(Brian Gleeson). Now because of Robin’s manipulation, Virgil becomes one of the suspects and slowly enters into the deadly, inescapable cross-hairs of Cleo Callahan.

The beautiful Irish backdrop plays a huge part in the story, Cinematographer, Tommy Fitzgerald’s work is something that needs to be recognised. It’s the first time I’ve seen a revenge movie offer so much on-screen presence and beauty while at the same time remaining bleak, brutal and original.


You can now rent/purchase this brilliant independent revenge flick which is now available on Itunes just click this link D.O.T.E.O.T Itunes.

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