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Horsemen (2009)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 February 2009 (Italy)
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A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between a serial killing spree and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

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Aidan Breslin
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Taylor
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Father Whiteleather
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Aidan Breslin is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between a chain of murders and the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. Written by anonymous

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Four victims. Four painful secrets. See more »


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Rated R for grisly and disturbing content, some sexual images and language | See all certifications »

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse  »

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There was active discussions about changing the title to "Come and See". Particularly when some poster artwork came back from China with Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang sitting on a horse - a literal interpretation of the title Horsemen (2009). See more »

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t the beginning of the movie, the old man pulls a sled up near the barking dog and lays his ax on top of it. He walks out onto the ice, and when the dog is shown again, the sled and ax are gone. See more »

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Det. Aidan J. Breslin: Hi there.
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The Last Time We Talked
Performed by The Hummingbirds
Written by Rachel Lynn Hercula [BMI] and Stephen Grant Wood [BMI]
Published by Laughing Coyote Music [BMI]
By arrangement through pigFACTORY USA LLC./The Talent House
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Staple horror and thoroughly generic
1 August 2009 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

By-the-numbers gore flick isn't especially bad, but sterile acting and disjointed direction hinder it entirely.

Dennis Quaid (gloriously miscast) is Aidan Breslin, a detective specialising in some teeth identification discipline. He's called to a case whereby teeth alone have been left, and the more the case heats up, he discovers the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are being emulated and murdering victims in 'homage' to them.

The premise is certainly half decent, with a biblical reference always adding spice to horror, such is the visceral underbelly such association can produce. The problem is the production and casting, not to mention plot development.

Horsemen suffers a disjointed structure, with extremely poor characterisation and seam-filled editing causing a stop-start judder to permeate throughout. This isn't helped by the fact that every role is miscast, from the 'doing it for the money' Quaid as troubled Breslin, Ziyi Zhang as troubled Kristen, and Lou Taylor Pucci as troubled Alex.

Every character appears to have personal demons apart from Stingray and Tuck, who both look like actors in the wrong movie.

These foibles aside the horror effects are rather inconsistent - the first body looks plainly like a dummy, and no amount of garish red lighting hides that fact - thereafter they do pick up a bit, but it's a bad start.

And the characterisation, as mentioned, is really poor - the viewer isn't moved to care about anyone, and certain character introductions are clunky and badly handled. The feeble and ineffective acting certainly doesn't aid this.

In summary if you want horror by the numbers with a hint of whodunnit, there are worse than Horsemen. But there are much much better too.


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