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The Horseman 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars (54) IMDb 6.6/10

A man turns to violence in this thriller. Jesse has run away from home and a few weeks later her father is furious when he receives a video of her being raped. He tries to find out who did it. En route he picks up a teenage hitchhiker who trusts him, little knowing that he's now a deranged killing machine.

Starring:
Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, International
Director Steven Kastrissios
Starring Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy
Supporting actors Brad McMurray, Jack Henry, Christopher Sommers, Evert McQueen, Bryan Probets, Steven Tandy, Chris Betts, Damon Gibson, Hannah Levien, Ron Kelly, Robyne Moore
Studio The Movie Partnership
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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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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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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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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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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Pornography is taking a stronger foothold in today's society, where generations now thrive in celebrating sexual liberation in their many colourful forms and the word is less associated with pasty reclusive perverts and more with hard-bodied young girls and ripped men strutting their skills and assets in all it's explicit glory. Here, The Horseman takes such a theme and taints it with the thickest, meanest, nastiest tarry smear it can and spreads it all over the monotone picture with such anger and raw vengeance, and it works. Generally speaking, it's very confidence and knowing in it's thought-provoking attitude to just where the limit lies in consent. Whether his daughter, drugged up and out of her face, was even aware of what she was doing, yet didn't seem to fight back or give any indication that she didn't want to participate is still an elusive mystery, and that in itself is more disturbing and haunting than any of the brutal scenes of torture on display.

It's a father's worst nightmare. To know your young girl, looking like any normal one blended into society's conventional crowds, succumbs to tabs, needles and the like, then walks into a patriarchal, hormone-fuelled, pig sty of a den and is taken advantage of by several men of varying ages. Men she's never met nor will never meet again, who have their way on camera with her, give it a smutty name then throw her back out with a few handfuls of twenties. It makes your stomach churn at the least, and is becoming ever more relevant now in a world where more women are coming forth to confess similar tales of sexual assault and manipulation at the hands of cunning, well-paid men who treat the whole thing as a norm.
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