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The Horseman (2008)


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A seemingly ordinary man turns to violence in this independent thriller from Australia. Christian Forteski (Peter Marshall) is a businessman whose teenage daughter Jesse (Hannah Levien) has been living on the edge since her parents divorced. Jesse runs away from home, and several weeks later Christian's anxiety about his missing daughter turns into rage when he receives a video in the mail of Jesse being brutally raped. Normally level headed, Christian jumps into his car and sets out to find


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Steven Kastrissios

Mar 1, 2010

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (11) | DVD (3)

It's mean and upsetting, but though the cruelty may undermine the message of vengeance breeding vengeance, it's never presented as slickly enjoyable or a facile solution.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A gritty, uncompromising thriller...

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a hard-hitting, sympathy-confounding thriller that painfully interrogates our own muddled feelings about the sex industry, retribution, and the limits of love, fatherly or otherwise - with an electrifying performance from Marshall.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It offers better performances than you usually find in a bloodthirsty flick such as this, and heralds the debut of an exciting new filmmaker. The Horseman is for those who like their revenge films unburdened by emotional complexity.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

For all the rough edges, and perhaps because of them, The Horseman is compelling voyeurism, and the two leads are near on perfect.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Marshall's performance, as the desperate, driven father, is striking; it gives the film an emotional centre without ever diminishing the horror of his character's actions.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Certainly The Horseman is a calling card for Kastrissios' skills as a filmmaker; one just hopes he doesn't make The Horseman 2.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
At the Movies (Australia)

Steve Kastrissios announces himself as one to watch with this very good thriller, which is smart, relentless and makes the most of it's limitations.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Horseman is utterly repulsive and beautiful at the same time, shot skillfully with varying degrees of shutter-speed adding to the hazy depth of Christian's mental fracture.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A riveting revenge thriller, this debut by Steven Kastrissios seems certain to set him on a career path similar to one started by Greg McLean after his debut, Wolf Creek, as a calling card to attract international attention

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The Horseman is a gripping revenge film with an incredible kinetic energy.

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

For such a film, The Horseman is too short of flair - there's not enough of it to distract us from the nastiness.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A disgusting, repetitive, badly scripted movie, lacking any redeeming feature.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This unflinchingly horrific revenge thriller has a whiff of Death Wish in its story of a father exacting retribution far beyond reason. But this ultra-violent bloodlust makes it hard to find a character to identify with.

November 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Unless you're a fan of the whole 'torture porn' genre, you'd be hard-pressed to actually enjoy it.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Despite some good performances and technical flair, The Horseman remains stuck in the paddock.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

For a revenge thriller, The Horseman strays dangerously close to "torture porn" territory, but it's so well made that you're almost willing to excuse the gratuitous close-ups.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Biblical parallels are laid on with crowbar delicacy.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

It's not the actual content that is disturbing, more the motivation of writer and director Steven Kastrissios in making such a sickening film.

October 30, 2009
Little White Lies

A footnote revenge movie, but never dull and marking Kastrissios as a grindhouse merchant to watch.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for The Horseman

To call this mindless violence would be inaccurate. Whilst incredibly violent in a very gritty way, the acting is of high standard and the storyline realistic, the violence is the outcome of a man pushed to his limits and is destroyed by events.

The main character was really impressive, a great revenge flick, with a dark character that you can empathise with.
March 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

Violent Aussie revenge film about a father on the hunt for the men who were responsible for the death of his daughter after they fuelled her with drink and drugs during a porn shoot. It's gritty and brutal with some scenes of torture but it's shies away from showing anything in graphic detail. The film does get a little slow during the middle parts and it isn't as strong as other revenge films out there. A real good attempt for its budget.
July 11, 2011
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Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Hannah Levien, Evert McQueen, Jack Henry, Christopher Sommers

DIRECTED BY: Steven Kastrissios

A tender drama unfolds between a grieving father and a troubled teenage girl as they drive northbound along the quiet outback roads of Australia. What she doesn't know is that between stops, he is leaving behind a bloody trail of bodies in a revenge motivated killing spree.

Wow... Peter Marshall gave such an amazing performance as the grief stricken father out for revenge and answers. I have yet to see such a fantastic revenge thriller. This blew me away at what this man did to those sick individuals. I mean there are some pretty gruesome parts that are sometimes camera shy in some movies. Meaning they never really show whats happening on screen. But that's not the case with this film. It has a good paste to, no slow moments here. It's action packed from beginning to end. It keeps your attention throughout, and definitely keeps you entertained. You can't help but care for the main character to the point you even root him on in his quest. There are no surprises or big twists, and truthfully this film didn't need any. To simplify it: This is a film that shows you what lengths a parent will go to when they have lost everything they lived for.
March 11, 2010

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