Edge of Madness (2002)





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In remote Canada in the middle of the 19th century, 16-year-old Annie (Caroline Dhavernas) is taken from an orphanage by Simon (Brendan Fehr), a young Scot who needs a bride to help him settle his rural homestead. Upon arriving at the land Annie finds the cabin is only partially built -- they'll have to live in a tent -- and Simon's brother George (Corey Sevier) will also live there. As it happens, Simon proves to be a selfish, drunken brute who sexually abuses his young bride; George, a gentleman with an intellectual bent, can't stand to see the hateful treatment Annie undergoes at the hand of his brother -- because he's fallen in love with her. So when George returns from a hunting trip with Simon's dead body wrapped in a blanket, it doesn't look good and Annie panics even though George insists the death was an accident. A local constable, James Mullen (Paul Johansson), begins investigating after locking up Annie for safekeeping.
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Corey Sevier
as George
Paul Johansson
as James Mullen
Currie Graham
as Dr. Jenkins
Jonas Chernick
as William Sellor
Peter Wingfield
as Reverend Walter McBain
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Madness

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August 27, 2005

This gem of a murder thriller offers a rich and penetrating array of characters in a beautifully structured drama that never relaxes its grip or its passions.

Full Review… | May 26, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Edge of Madness

Edge of Madness (Anne Wheeler, 2002) Historical drama/mystery set in nineteenth-century frontier Canada about a woman (Devil's Caroline Dhavernas) who walks into a sheriff's office and confesses to murdering her husband (Final Destination's Brendan Fehr), and the investigation that follows. Enjoyable, if somewhat slight, and most of the relationships never quite rang true for me (the exception is that between the alleged murderess and the lead investigator); how much you can overlook that likely determines how much you'll end up liking it. Would have been better with a slightly less predictable ending, but you can't find many of those these days. ***

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

This movie is very slow-moving, but also quite interesting. I never quite decided exactly what happened, and most of the characters didn't come across as trustworthy or honest, but that was the basis of the movie's appeal. I just wish it hadn't dragged so much, because otherwise it would have been a great film.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Not much of a mystery despite being labeled as such, a period drama would describe it better. Solid acting and cinematography, everything in this movie looks authentic. Unfortunately the story seems to get a bit muddled towards the end.

Gabriel Knight
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