Overall Score: 9/10
FEAR FACTOR: 3/10
SPECIAL EFFECTS: 8/10
In “Horsemen,” Detective Aidan Breslin (Dennis Quaid) gets assigned a gruesome case — hunting down a serial killer who is following the themes of the four horsemen in Revelation. A single father, Breslin struggles to balance time between his two sons and his job, and as the killings get more sadistic, the case begins to absorb his life.
When my friend read the description, he not-so-eloquently said, “Why would you waste your time watching a ‘Se7en’ ripoff?” I’m here to say that he judged too soon, because “Horsemen” blew my mind. First of all, you can’t go wrong with Dennis Quaid (except with “A Dog’s Purpose,” but that’s getting off track), and the top-level acting in this crime thriller made the plot that much more real. Secondly, I’m amazed by the number of loops that the serial killer throws watchers through. Every scene revealed a new bit of astonishing information, and just when I thought I knew what was going on, “Horsemen” yelled “SIKE” and switched directions.
The movie can’t be classified as a horror, and “scary” isn’t the right adjective for it. What I can say is that it’s chilling, mysterious, and borderline dark. The murder scenes are fairly gory — I’m talking people suspended in the air by hooks in their skin — and the wounds were pretty realistic looking, at least for a 2008 film.
Don’t watch “Horsemen” when you’re in the mood for jump scares, but tuck it in your back pocket and play it when you’re with wimpy friends who would agree to watch a “crime movie.”