Christian Forteski’s daughter passed away after having starred in a low budget porn movie. After Christian finds this film, he goes completely berserk and decides to track down all the men involved to pay revenge.
Sound and Vision:
The Horseman has a dark and gritty atmosphere and that’s perfectly portrayed with the image which is quite dull and bluish gray qua color palette. For a low budget movie we can’t really say things look bad as there are no compression errors and eventhough the contrast is boosted, things look as the director intended.
The soundtrack is also of reasonably high quality with fans of bass getting a treat. The only minor disappointment comes in the fact that the surround channels don’t get used all that often.
The Horseman is a tale of revenge and although it’s classified as horror (with references to Saw on the box even) it’s more a thriller in the line of Edge of Darkness with quite a gory touch but not as obvious as Saw as there’s still plenty of stuff for the viewer to fill in himself. And that’s part of what makes The Horseman so strong. It isn’t the blatant violence but the cold and distant shooting of the director who shows us a man who’s out for revenge and knows he’s doing bad – terrible – things but just can’t help himself.
As such, it’s also a difficult movie. While Edge of Darkness for instance will be easy to follow for the general public, The Horseman isn’t. Its filmed in such a way that despite the action and gore on the screen, it will turn off plenty of people and not because of what they get to see but rather the fact that it can look quite boring if you’re not really into it. And I couldn’t get into it. While I’ve seen plenty of critics giving tons of praise to The Horseman, I found it quite boring to be honest. I can see why certain people can find it an interesting movie, I just can’t relate to them and I’m sure I’m not alone. The Horseman has things going for it but it just couldn’t get me excited or interested in any way.
As such, I would definitely recommend renting this film before deciding to buy it.