On one hand, Horsehead is a gorgeous, surreal, living nightmare that held us in an almost hypnotic state for most of its runtime.
On the other, it's confusing, scattered, and overly ambiguous at times, while being fairly simple to decipher in the same breath. I could easily see someone calling it pretentious and ridiculous, and they wouldn't necessarily be wrong for doing so.
We, however, didn't find this movie to be pretentious or ridiculous at all. In fact, we found it to be quite the opposite.
Horsehead. So, it's pretty safe to assume that her weekend trip home is probably going to suck.
|SWEET, SWEET JESSICA.|
|OH LOOK, SHE MADE A FRIEND.|
A truly confusing and compelling experience that feels like an acid trip ensues.
|WHY DOES THIS PICTURE REMIND ME SO MUCH OF MARTYRS?|
Told mostly from the dream state of Jessica, Horsehead is a movie that isn't always easy to decipher. You can basically figure out what's happening from early on (the movie isn't very subtle), but it also made us ask plenty of questions, many of which were never clearly resolved. It's basically a movie about the relationship between a Mother and a Daughter which has suffered greatly due to something horrible that happened in their past. To say any more about the plot would needlessly spoil things for the uninitiated, even if it's not really the plot that moves this movie forward and makes it work so well anyhow. No, this is a movie where the visuals (and their aesthetic) reign supreme.
|THAT LOOK IN HER DEAD EYES SAYS "RUN."|
The star of the show is Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, who despite having 33 credits on her young resume, is a newcomer to us. If Horsehead is any indication, then she's as talented as she is beautiful, which is saying a lot, because she's really, really hot. She does a great job in this one playing the drugged-up victim who is constantly haunted by her dreams, and she does an excellent job at getting naked as well. Good for her, on all counts.
|SO, SO DIRTY.|
If there was one thing abut the movie that we didn't like, it was Winston's voice: not only was it obviously dubbed, but it felt odd and out of place, almost cartoonish. Also, the big showdown between the wolf and Horsehead was rather lame, as it was over in what seemed like 3 unremarkable seconds..
Like we said above though, Horsehead will not be for everybody, so watch accordingly.
Horsehead will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD from June 23rd.
Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Catriona Maccoll, and Gala Besson are the stuff of pleasant dreams, not nightmares.