The Headless Horseman: A Cut Above The Rest
Matthew DeLuca | Tulsa, OK | 05/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie did in fact appear on the Sci-fi channel just a few days before Halloween last year (2007).
As a big Headless Horseman and "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" fan, I really enjoyed this movie.
I must say, that if you are solely a fan of Washington Irving's classic literary story, this movie will probably not appeal to you, because the only thing that this movie has in common with Irving's story is the Headless Horseman. The similarities end there.
As with "Sleepy Hollow", "The Hollow" and other movies, this is a new take on the Headless Horseman legend.
I must warn you, this movie is pretty bloody. If you dont enjoy seeing heads cut off, you wont enjoy it very much. lol
I enjoyed it, because I like the way that they depicted the Headless Horseman. He is cool looking and we see some new things from him that we havent before. Most people think that The Headless Horseman only rides a horse. In this movie, we get a glimpse of him on a motorcycle. Also, in another scene, the Headless Horseman actually flies briefly. I also loved the scenes where "Headless" wears a lighted pumpkin on his shoulders. It's a fantastic Halloween movie, but it can be enjoyed all year 'round.
I can do without all of that "evil" nonsense. In Irving's story, the Headless Horseman wasnt evil. A case can be made that he never even hurt anyone. He just liked to scared the heck out of the Sleepy Hollow villagers.
That is the one thing that I dont like about some of the "Headless" movies.I like to think of "Headless" as a good guy who scares others, but doesnt actually hurt anybody.
This movie has some funny scenes and the actors/actresses do a good job.
I was worried that it would be a "bust". But this movie actually is pretty good. The fact that "Headless" looks cool, and flies, rides the motorcycle, and wears the lighted pumpkin, makes it a 5 Star movie for me.
To summarize, if you are looking for a story about Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and Sleepy Hollow, this movie is not for you.
However, if you are looking for a cool movie to enjoy which depicts the Headless Horseman opening up a can of headless whoop-butt, this is the perfect movie for you.
It's a fun movie, as long as you dont take it seriously.
It is after all, simply a movie."
Headless But Not Quite Brainless
Martin Asiner | Jersey City, NJ | 01/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In HEADLESS HORSEMAN, director Anthony Ferrante takes considerable liberties with the classic short story by Washington Irving by cloaking it in a grabbag of Revolutionary War Gothicism mixed liberally with the Slasher Teen genre of countless Freddie and Jason retreads. Here, Ferrante places seven teens in a car. These teens include the usual dopy kids, geeks, drama queens, and jock heads. En route to a party, they take a short cut and wind up in an out of the way secluded town called Wormwood, a title which bears no resemblance to the famous line from HAMLET. They learn that more than two centuries ago, a psycho killer liked to lop off the heads of his victims and he continued to do so until the towns people chopped his off in revenge. But wait! Just as true evil never dies, the killer returned every seven years (minus his head) to seek new victims to decapitate. He would ride a black horse and swing various lethal edged weapons to collect his heads. By the time the teens learn all this they find out that their noggins are the true prize.
HEADLLESS HORSEMAN manages to mix some pretty macabre humor with some gross out scenes of head slicing gore. Richard Moll is the movie's only known actor as he plays a mean-spirited country bumpkin store owner who knows only too well what lies in store for the teens. One of the female leads plays a resident who surprisingly enough sympathizes with these stranded youngsters and spends most of the time walking around in a fetching short shorts and revealing blouse that make her seem like a reincarnated Elly May Clampett from the BEVERLY HILLBILLIES. The Horseman himself does far more than merely ride on his steed. He is as equally at home on a motorcycle as he is on his feet. He is, not unsurprisingly enough, immune to the many rifle bullets that come his way. There is an unexpected poke at the stereotype of inbreeding in secluded mountain family groups. Richard Moll, in explaining that the current generation of genetically defective residents all of whom are the direct descendents of the Horseman, notes that he and his clan are merely engaged in "repopulating the town." What emerges by the last reel of HEADLESS HORSEMAN is the unsettling notion that ancient evil and modern grim humor sometimes have to co-exist in a manner that does no favor for either victim or predator."
a customer | CA | 05/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Possible Spoilers: Headless Horseman reminded me of a `Sci-fi original' movie with a slightly bigger budget and better acting (I think it was on the Sci-fi channel, actually). A group of friends are on their way to a party, when they decide to take a short cut. Their car breaks down and they end up in a small town that is overrun with sinister townsfolk, where they are picked off one-by-one by `Headless'.
Original, huh? Well, I loved every minute of this movie. Of course, I enjoy cheesy horror movies that mix horror with a little bit of humor. Some of the deaths are laughable (they use C-G blood a lot of the time!); however; overall it's just an enjoyable low budjet, sometime creepy, movie.
The actors are great too. Billy Aaron Brown is adorable as the geeky lead. Trish Coren is great and she reunites with her Boo! (another great Sci-Fi movie you should check out) costar M. Steven Felty.
Definitely recommended for all cheesy made-for-T.V. horror lovers. If you are into serious, big budget horror films then this movie is not for you."