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Review: Horsehead

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3.5 stars

Starring: Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Gala Besson, Fu’ad Aït Aattou

Directed: Romain Basset

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

English Subtitles: English

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Film Synopsis

Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant.

Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond‘s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions.

HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares. – Artsploitation Films



Audio Language: English
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good with tons of sound effects with load tones that also hit a good bass.

Rating:4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is sharp, colorful and since the movie is more dark in tone the blacks look pretty good

Rating:4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: March 11, 2015 (France)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: June 23, 2015 (USA)
  • INSIDE HORSEHEAD making of (60 minutes)
  • Four short films (Bloody Current Exchange, Light Drowning, Remy, Faces & Landscapes of Beaujolais)
  • Trailer
My Thoughts

Horsehead is a Beautiful Cinematic creation with great visuals, Picture Quality and sound that thumbs the walls at times. Yes it is visually good-looking and the story is decent, the Actress was hot but at times it seemed Jumbled with Lucid dream takes which I liked but it became a Little confusing. Speaking of Confusing the ending was just that with the Main Girl Jessica….Let me hold up and not say so I don’t spoil it for you.

The Film had a ton of close up shots with great lighting and overall dark. At times we get some brief Nudity and Now I look back Not a ton of Dialog. The film is Basically about Lucid dreaming with a ton of symbolism that may not connect to an Average Viewer. The Acting was good but Not great and the pacing of the film seemed slow. Lost of quick cuts make up for half the movie and I feel the film will hit the Artistic Movie viewer more.

Overall I did enjoy the film with the artistic visuals, the sharpness and cinematography, great sounds along with the cool looking Horsehead creature person man. Yes its seemed slow and at times it makes you think which still has me thinking what the ending was supposed to mean. But I feel if you like visually good-looking dark movies with great colors and dream sequence shots that run back to back, you might enjoy this film too.

With that said I give the film a 3.5 out of 5. Don’t skip the Quality if you go for this film. Get the Blu-Ray and turn your home theater up to get the walls moving some.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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