Headless Horseman Reviews
If you just want a little entertainment for an evening in, then this film is watchable.
The movie starts in the past, then the opening credits roll; containing drawings and newspaper articles surrounding tales of the headless horseman.
Forward to - present day - Halloween, where we meet the main characters; a bunch of teens around 18 years old. We immediately see conflict in the group - the jocks vs Laim (the 'shy' guy.)
"this is deliverance country"is a quote said as the gang are diving along a road after following a detour. This is a reference to the 1972 movie 'Deliverance'.
As they follow the detour, the mood and music instantly changes to reflect this. They find themselves now in the woods, which shows isolation from everyone else. This isn't helped by the fact that the map they were following is dated 1972(the year of release for 'Deliverance' - another reference there perhaps?)
The detour lands them in 'Wormwood Ridge, a very bizarre little town, filled with very strange individuals. They are greeted by candy when they run into some car trouble. Candy informs them they are" just in time for the Headless Horseman celebration"which they celebrate every year....
Phones are stolen, which again, reinforces the isolation of the gang, and it unfolds that this isn't the first time the town has acted so strangley to √?¬≥ut-of-town-ers-'
Low budget horror, not worth buying. Pretty much what you'd expect for a low budget teen film. I couldn't help but think of '2001 Maniacs' for the most part.
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I'm pretty sure that [B]Headless Horseman[/B] is a Sci-Fi channel original. And, of course, I got sucked right in there. In a slasher take on the Sleepy Hollow story, a group of teenagers get stranded in a backwoods, inbred (typical) town where every 7 years, Headless comes looking for 7 heads to feed to hell. It's a weird backstory, and it might even have been more interesting, if the dialogue and acting hadn't been so bad. I realize that this a common complaint of mine. But I just feel that there are so many good actors and writers out there, why can't studios try harder to get better ones?[FONT=Arial]