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Horseman, The (Blu-ray / DVD)

The Horseman on Blu-ray and DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Evert McQueen, Christopher H. Sommers

Directed by Steven Kastrissios

Distributed by Screen Media Films


In case you are wondering, no, this is not the steaming Platinum Dunes turd Horsemen, nor does it have anything at all to do with that mess of a movie. Director Steven Kastrissios’ Aussie film is a different beast altogether, and believe me when I tell you it’s packing a whole lot of bite. Originally released in 2008, it has taken this movie around two years to see its Stateside release, and much like the film, it is a winner.

The Horseman poses a very simple question … How far would you go for revenge? If you are Christian (Marshall), the father of a daughter who recently passed on after a horrific porn shoot, there are no lengths too far. This is the story of one man’s twisted quest for revenge and redemption that has a few twists and turns strewn along its path. To delve a bit deeper into the plot is to also spoil things so we’ll avoid the details for now. All you need to know is this guy is super-pissed off, has the addresses of every son of a bitch involved in his little girl’s demise, and is armed with a toolbox, insecticide, and one mean claw hammer.

The Horseman on Blu-ray and DVDThat being said, The Horseman, while a powerful film in and of itself, doesn’t really convey itself as much of a horror flick. In fact, it’s more of a revenge thriller/drama. If you’re looking for some cheap thrills, slasher fun, or any sort of supernatural overtones, you’re officially barking up the wrong tree. What we have here is a visceral little tale that’s as hard to watch as it is to try and take your eyes off the screen. Peter Marshall’s performance is white hot, the tension as heavy and overbearing as it comes, and the message as plain as can be: Violence just begets violence, and that’s never a good thing … no matter how briefly satisfying. For a more in-depth review of the film itself, check out my partner in crime Paul McCannibal’s The Horseman review here.

We all know that the Blu-ray release looks and sounds better than its standard definition DVD cousin, but holy cow are DVD owners getting the short end of the stick this time around.

The Blu-ray is home to a host of different features, including two commentary tracks, both of which are a really fun listen (see below for participant listing); your standard making-of featurette; the original short film that was the inspiration for this feature film with optional commentary; several deleted scenes, each with optional commentary; and some cast and crew interviews. Quite the haul, huh? Unfortunately DVD owners are only getting the commentaries. That’s it. Man, the times they are a-changing.

If you’re a fan of the revenge thriller, then, brother, this film delivers and then some. Those of you in the market for horror in its more standardized form will be pretty much out of luck here. Still, The Horseman is a thought-provoking and harrowing experience that you’ll probably end up talking about long after the credits have rolled. Straight horror or not, this one is well worth the watch!

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Steven Kastrissios
  • Audio commentary with director Steven Kastrissios, producer Rebecca Dakin, and star Peter Marshall
  • Making-of featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • The Horseman short film with optional commentary (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary (Blu-ray only)
  • Cast and crew interviews (Blu-ray only)

    Film

    4 out of 5

    Special Features

    3 1/2 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    5 Comments

    1. Really good movie.
      Pretty brutal and violent, but don´t expect a bloodbath or a gorefest.
      I´d give 3,5 out of 5.

    2. Ahhhh. The beauty of the internet. I have some free time so I went over to my favorite movie site, and fortunately there are three people who uploaded the dvd. Looks like there are some favorable opinions here so I want to check this out.I usually agree with 85-90% of what I read review and/or comment from Vanvance and Creepy so you two sold me on this. Watching it now.

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      Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.

    3. this one is nicely done. it’s like george c. scott in “hardcore” mixed with “punisher: war zone” and maybe a little travis bickle thrown in. the fact that it shows brutality and revenge without trying to slip in comic relief or “stylish” wank is what did it for me.

      fight scenes without rap metal blasting in the background and mtv quick edits every 1/10000th of a second? how novel!

    4. This is a total winner. A touch artsy at points, a tiny bit unbelievable at others… but definitely a 4 knife movie. I’ll be adding the blu to my collection.

      P.S. Creepy, we’re on the same page again. Good review.

    5. i’ll probably just blind buy the dvd it is only 9.99 at my indie store tomorrow and the blu-ray is 10 dollars more so it’s a given but i am getting stepfather 1987 on blu tomorrow

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