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The Horseman [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Peter Marshall, Damon Gibson, Hannah Levien, Ron Kelly, Robyne Moore
  • Directors: Steven Kastrissios
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N7HXIU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Graham on 25 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
Another Frightfest favourite, this isn't really a horror film, and while it is certainly brutal (the character's actions are very morally dubious at times), it is not as graphic as some suggest. Everyone raves about Dead Man's Shoes, and this is definitely similar to and influenced by Shane Meadows's grim venge-fest, but I think this has more heart and even poignancy to it.
The main performance really makes the film. You empathise with his quest to avenge his daughter, but also feel for him as he realises that maybe she wasn't the angel he built her up to be, and the people she was involved with might not be everything they seem either. The film definitely dwells on the violence but it makes the audience think about it - you will feel uncomfortable, but not to the point that the film becomes irresponsible. It walks a fine line in terms of how the revenge is presented, at times seeming justified and others inexcusable.
Highly recommended to people with strong stomachs, open minds and an appreciation for the tension and intensity that sometimes only a low budget can achieve.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. BROOKES on 29 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
This film is simply brilliant, brutal but brilliant. The ultimate modern revenge film, packed with drama, tension, surprise and gripping unease. Dark and gruesome, a struggling Dad avenges his daughter with a flying hammer of a movie.

A dad avenges his dead daughter, found dead drugs in her body and signs of more abuse. It then becomes clear that his beloved girl was taken advantage of, amidst a sleazy pornographic video production circle. He seeks revenge on the gang in his fight for justice, revenge and to deal with his inner demons - an not without a few struggles along the way. All this happens, with gathering momentum as he gives a lift to a young girl.

The film is well shot, bleak in colour at times and the dramatic music all help set the scenes and mood throughout. The main actor is faultlessly superb, likeable and with his faults even more so believable and rout-able for. The beatings, fights and kills are graphic, gritty, real and fitting, adding to the dark nature of this uneasy (in all ways) revenge film. It all seems scarily real and for that it is commendable and more impressive - dare I hail it a modern triumph.

This cult gem comes all the way from Australia, probably the best if not only film since Chopper to impress this much from there or with any roots. The director, cast and crew were all unknown, it was low-budget and is quite miraculously put together on the resources they had.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tubbs on 9 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
I'm a bit of a fan of vengance based films and this is one of the best i've seen. The director is new to me, as is the main star, but both have done a fantastic job.
Peter Marshall in particular does a brilliant job of making the main character beliveble, at times i found myself willing him on. The film is dificult to watch at times, and it feels longer than the one and a half hours (ish), but it's very much worth it.
If you've enjoyed films like Oldboy or Dead mans shoes ect ect, you'll love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. A. Molloy on 30 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Peter Marshall should have won all the acting awards out there for his performance in this.

For most of the running time we follow a father on his journey to track down the scumbags who drugged his daughter, made a porn film with her out of her gourd, and left her to die. We feel his pain and anger, and we're on his side.

He starts with the guys selling the tapes, and begins to work his way up the chain to the bigger players. Along the way he picks up a young female hitch-hiker and builds a pseudo father-daughter relationship. But the Big Boys know he's coming and are ready for him.

Shocking and terribly realistic, this slice of cinema verité had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Yes, it's brutal. But what *wouldn't* you do to avenge your daughter?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Great Great Cat on 28 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There are great revenge movies - and then in 2008 - The Horseman arrived, and blasted the genre into a different class altogether!! Written and directed by Steven Kastrissios, this Australian movie features Peter Marshall as pest controller Christian, in what is a genuinely outstanding and moving performance. After losing his teenaged daughter to a drug overdose, Christian is sent an anonymous tape of her performing in an amateur porn film. Unable to come to terms with what he has just witnessed, he swears to track down absolutely everyone involved. His profession as an exterminator takes on a very different concept as he single handedly carves a swath through the underbelly of the industry with his very unique style of brutal questioning. Christian is pushed even closer to the edge after reluctantly picking up Alice - a young runaway hitchhiking her way along the desolate backroads at night, and an unlikely friendship forms between them. Anyone who was a fan of the British thrillers Dead Man's Shoes and Harry Brown will surely love this movie, and be engrossed, and rooting for this once law abiding family man from start to explosive finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spiderboy on 13 Dec 2013
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I am a big fan of movies which draw you in so that you feel genuinely moved, angered, and sympathetic to the plot and characters. I also like to see realistic violence when the story justifies it and when it amplifies the above feelings. This movie, for me, ticks all those boxes. Peter Marshall's performance as the grieving father out for revenge is outstanding. We feel his rage and there are moments where he seems to fight his own morals but to me his moments of pure anguish are not about him committing acts that he disapproves of, but more that each time he encounters the nasty adversaries it underlines to him the raw pain that is driving his actions. He spares a man's life because he too has children, but otherwise his anger is palpable and relentless and I was not wanting for one second for him to let up in his quest and in each individual 'encounter'.

A low budget but that just adds to the gritty, emotionally barren atmosphere and all the actors do a fantastic job as does writer/director/producer Steven Kastrissios. The violence is brutal and the fight scenes too are incredibly realistic, our hero is not a martial arts expert or Green Beret action-trained, but a very emotionally driven ordinary man whose intense anger drives him to carry out his vengeance to the last drop of blood. Another reason why you can almost feel that it could be yourself in there and therefore it is more believable.

There are other undertones in there, in particular the young girl he befriends and the parallel story of hers which makes the later scenes even more gripping. The reviews on here seem to be either love it or hate it, well I loved it and cannot see how anyone doesn't get fully engrossed. It's an old theme for a film but this is done so well I am amazed at the poor reviews.

However I am glad my girlfriend was busy elsewhere in the house because she would never have forgiven me if I'd have insisted she saw it with me!!! Lucky escape.
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