The Horseman

2008

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 whoever is responsible for making the video, starting with the people who mailed it to him. While heading north to Queensland, Christian picks up Alice (Caroline Marohasy), a teenage hitchhiker who reminds him a bit of Jesse. Christian and Alice strike up a friendship, and she begins to see the older man as someone she can trust, without knowing that Christian was turned into a deranged killing machine, leaving a trail of victims as he drives across the country to avenge his daughter. The Horseman was the first feature film from writer and director Steven Kastrissios; it was expanded from a short film by Kastrissios which was a prizewinner at the 2006 Queensland New Filmmaker Awards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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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.

Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately Kastriossios' direction ultimately buckles under the weight of horror cliché expectation as he ups the action ante to almost hysterical effect. It would have been better if he had held his horses, as it were.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A gritty, uncompromising thriller...

Dec 5, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 1, 2010

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.

Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Jul 9, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

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Lady D'arbanville

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½

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.

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Lee ?

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½

A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.

Steve K
Steve K

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½

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.

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