The Horseman is directed by first-time Australian director Steven Kastrissios. Starring Peter Marshall, it’s about a father who discovers a particularly nasty pornographic video of his daughter, shortly after she’s found dead with numerous drugs in her system. Understandably enraged, he goes on a crowbar-wielding rampage to find those responsible, and along the way encounters a young girl who reminds him of his daughter.
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It’s brutal stuff, the kind of gritty, rough revenge flick that, if executed properly, might be pretty damn affecting and intense. It also appears to have some pretty innovative methods of torturing/punishing the bad guys, but it doesn’t necessarily look like an enjoyable experience (which was a common reaction in some of the festival reviews). It’s played well on the film festival circuit, and Marshall certainly seems to have the simmering, vengeful rage thing down. It looks like it’s got some pretty grisly violence — reminiscent of Liam Neeson’s Taken, but with less restraint and more bloodshed. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. It comes out in limited release later this month.