The Horseman is one decent actor drowning in a sea of hammers, knives and Queenslanders.
When a grieving father is anonymously sent a porn tape starring his dead daughter, he hunts down those involved with the sole intention of fucking them up. The result is an hour and a half of beatings, tormented screams and genital-based torture set against the hot and grimy Queensland environment.
In the film’s favour, Peter Marshall is thoroughly convincing as the self-harming father who, in between his bouts of sadistic violence, manages to forge a friendship with teenage hitchhiker Alice (Caroline Marohasy). But apart from this, The Horseman ignores any deeper moral questions to follow an ugly, linear path of violence, suffering and, oh, more violence.
Ultimately, it’s not the actual content that is disturbing, more the motivation of writer and director Steven Kastrissios in making such a sickening film.
Violent dad revenge thriller. Have any been good?
Blood plus screams plus mutilation equals seat squirming.
One decent actor drowning in a sea of hammers, knives and Queenslanders.