Bad Day for the Cut

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Ireland | 2016 | 99 minutes | Chris Baugh

Revenge is coming for the criminals who have killed the mother of a seemingly mild-mannered Irish farmer in this tense, tough-as-nails thriller including flashes of bloody hilarity and featuring a career-making lead performance from Nigel O'Neill.

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It's always the mild-mannered ones you have to watch out for. That's the lesson learned by a succession of thugs who push middle-aged farmer Donal (Nigel O'Neill) to the brink. Donal lives in the lush Northern Irish countryside, taking care of his elderly mother (Stella McCusker), having a pint at the pub, and occasionally working on customizing his camper van. This quiet existence is forever shattered when Donal awakens to find his mother brutally murdered in an apparent home invasion gone bad. Later, the killers return to finish off Donal, but he manages to capture one of them, Bartosz (Józef Pawlowski), a young man forced into criminality to protect his sister from human traffickers. As Bartosz agrees to provide information on the killers, with ties to the mob and the old IRA, the stage is set for a crackling revenge thriller—only Donal is no superhuman payback machine à la Charles Bronson. In his debut feature, director Chris Baugh does not aestheticize the bloody mayhem that follows. Each gangster is dispatched in a realistic and visceral manner that conveys the true cost of violence, but Baugh also allows humor to seep through—as Donal gets increasingly resourceful in his "MacGyver"-like methods of execution. Each character is also wisely given an extra layer of nuance, making the hugely entertaining Bad Day for the Cut. a deeper, richer meditation on violence begetting violence.

Director Biography

Chris Baugh premieres his first feature-length film with his thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Baugh's experience stems from his numerous short films, the most prominent being "Boys From County Hell" (2017).

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  • Director: Chris Baugh
  • Principal Cast: Nigel O'Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski, Stuart Graham, David Pearse
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Ireland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Katy Jackson, Brendan Mullin
  • Screenplay: Chris Baugh, Brendan Mullin
  • Cinematographers: Ryan Kernaghan
  • Editors: Brian Philip Davis
  • Music: James Everett
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Well Go USA
  • International Sales: XYZ Films