Movie Review: THE HEAD HUNTER

THE HEAD HUNTER was directed by Jordan Downey from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kevin Stewart who also serves as cinematographer and stars Christopher Rygh and Cora Kaufman.

On the outskirts of a kingdom, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters and the occult. His gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago. Driven by a thirst for revenge, he travels wild expanses on horseback, using sorcery to aid in his quest. When his second chance arrives, it’s in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined. A heartbreaking fairytale with a black soul, the film is constructed with very few elements, minimalistic and epic at the same time, where fantasy and horror find their more physical and gory incarnations.

The Head Hunter follows “Father” (Christopher Rygh) who loses his young “Daughter” (Cora Kaufman) in the beginning of the movie so he’s on a mission to kill the monster that took her life. The medieval warrior lives in a small cabin in an isolated location but every once and a while you get a reminder that there’s something dangerous lurking in the woods. This mystery is also one of the driving forces of the movie. Day in and day out, the lone warrior puts on his armor and heads out to battle where one by one he brings back the heads of the slain monsters to add to his eerie trophy collection.

These off screen battles also come with life threatening injuries but the man has a little help from some black magic that quickly heals him up before his next round. This magic potion also plays an important part to the story. What happens is, he finally comes face-to-face with the monster that killed his daughter and he realizes that he’s finally met his match. The thing is, even when “Father” finally defeats his enemy and gets his revenge, a supernatural twist is introduced and the medieval warrior discovers that his nemesis isn’t going to be so easy to exterminate.

You know what, I had a freaking blast watching The Head Hunter because it’s one of those rare movies that comes from out of nowhere and packs a powerful punch. There’s also nothing else out there like it which makes it even more special of a watch. The movie starts off as this medieval period piece and slowly transforms into a full-blown monster movie by the second half that’s as dark and atmospheric as anything else to come along in a while. There’s so much to like about this movie, from the interesting story and central character, to the detailed wardrobe and set, to the spot on location and the fantastic cinematography – it’s all so extremely well done. I can’t leave out the monsters because they’re absolutely terrifying. The movie also has its fair share of gore so the horror hounds should be satisfied.

You have to remember that this is a low budget indie production and didn’t have the funds that studio movies have but Jordan Downey and company stretched every penny to make The Head Hunter look as good or better than a lot of the big boys. Needless to say, Downey is a great storyteller and this is easily his best work to date. Christopher Rygh did a really good job with his character that comes with very little dialogue. He’s still an interesting character to follow because this is a man on a mission as he takes out his terrifying enemy one by one until he comes face-to-face with the monster that took his daughter’s life. Speaking of the monsters, these creatures look similar to Orcs but we never get a really good look at them because they mostly appear at night. There’s a mixture of practical and visual effects that help bring these big nasties (and their heads) to life. As small of a movie that this actually is, it plays so big and with its short run time there’s never a dull moment. This medieval horror adventure will be playing in select theaters and On Demand on April 5th. There’s nothing out there like it!

Distributor: Vertical Entertainment

Run Time: 72 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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