Loading the player...
Return to the Main Screen

Synopsis: Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, Horsehead is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava, while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond’s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. Horsehead is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

Genre

Horror

Rated

NR

Language

English

Run Time

92 minutes

Starring

Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux
Catriona MacColl
Murray Head
Gala Besson
Fu'ad Aït Aattou
Vernon Dobtcheff
Philippe Nahon

Directed by

Romain Basset

Produced by

Arnaud Grunberg
Jean-Michel Montanary

Awards

Fantasporto International Film Festival - Portugal - 2015

Best Director (Romain Basset)

Official selection

Fantastic Fest - USA - 2014

Sitges Film Festival - Spain - 2014

Quotes

"Horsehead is more like the UK dream terror Paperhouse than A Nightmare on Elm Street as it follows one particular girl plagued by horrific dreams. Anyone interested in the power of dreams who has been either woken up by a profound image or ripped from a particularly fascinating dream will be interested in this imaginative and vividly made study of what goes on when we sleep. The nightmarish and surreal imagery at play in Horsehead is breathtaking to witness. From gothic atmosphere to twisted Freudian sex, the film really does run the gamut in regards to the horrors once can experience inside the dream realm in our heads when the mind is often most honest and free of the shackles and responsibilities of reality and consequence. Writer/director Romain Basset fills this film with imagery that walks the border between the beautiful and the horrific, filming the scenes of dream with colorful lighting, atmospheric backdrops, twisted images, and soft and harsh focus—just like a dream itself, shifting from one extreme to another.
The young lead actress playing Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) is a fantastic find—a fresh faced beauty with a lot of talent. But she is but one of the talented cast assembled here for Horsehead. Well acted, gorgeously and nightmarishly executed, and excellently realized, Horsehead offers a look at dreams like few other films have before. I highly recommend this gothic descent into terrifying nightmare.
- aintitcool.com 

"French director Romain Basset provides no easy answers in Horsehead, his feature directorial debut. Relying heavily on its arthouse sensibilities, the film uses trippy, often expressionist dream sequences...Basset’s film as a whole positively seeps with dread. An oppressive soundtrack drenches the seemingly mundane – a family dinner, a doorframe which is just too black – in crawling terror. Basset familiarizes the viewer with innocuous objects before throwing them into a different context, making a teddy bear or Jessica’s metronome truly nightmarish. What he refuses to do is announce the scares with loud, jumpy leaps in the soundtrack. Early on in the film, a terrifying apparition is glimpsed looming over Jessica, with no aural cue to make the viewer jump. The brief moment is all the more unsettling for its stillness.
What Basset has managed with a meagre $200,000 budget is remarkable. Locations are used to their maximum potential and the FX work fits the mood perfectly. Striking images sear themselves into the mind, and will surely come back at the viewer days later. More discerning audiences together with a focus on more visual and stylistic influences are pushing horror in an exciting direction, and Romain Basset is a talent to watch."
- screamhorrormag.com

Country of Origin

France

Production Year

2014

Aspect Ratio

2.35: 1

Sound Mix

5.1 Dolby Digital

Official Website

Please don't close or refresh the page while we are processing your submission
Please be patient, this could take a few minutes.

Choose the plan that’s right for you!

Change or cancel anytime

Single Festival
Click to subscribe
All Festivals
Click to subscribe
All Festivals & VOD
Click to subscribe
Subscription Price From: $4.99 / month From: $5.99 / month From: $8.99 / month
Free Month Trial
Automatic with subscription
Yes Yes Yes
Watch on your laptop, TV, phone, or tablet Yes Yes Yes
Single Festival Access Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Festival Access No Yes Yes
Unlimited Films On Demand
VOD Library
No No Yes

Log In

Please login to your account to purchase a festival pass, an individual film, or tickets to an event. If this is your first time visiting the site, please register for a FREE account. This account will keep a record of your festival passes and films purchased or rented, allowing you viewing access to those films, and allowing viewing access to them from any device where you are logged in. For further questions, please visit the Terms and Conditions of the site, our Privacy Policy, or e-mail Film Festival Flix.

Register

Please login to your account to purchase a festival pass, an individual film, or tickets to an event. If this is your first time visiting the site, please register for a FREE account. This account will keep a record of your festival passes and films purchased or rented, allowing you viewing access to those films, and allowing viewing access to them from any device where you are logged in. For further questions, please visit the Terms and Conditions of the site, our Privacy Policy, or e-mail Film Festival Flix.

Login

Join Email List

Be informed of upcoming events, film releases and special offers.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Request A Screening

close