Headless Horseman – USA, 2007

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Headless Horseman is a 2007 American supernatural horror film directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Sharknado films; Boo) from a screenplay co-written with Zachary Weintraub. It stars Richard Moll and Billy Aaron Brown.

The film aired on the Sci-Fi (now Syfy) Channel in October 2007.

The movie takes the tack that the Washington Irving story of Ichabod Crane was the “white-washed” version and the events in this horror film are the real story.

After going through the woods on the way to a party, seven teenagers stumble upon a town called Wormwood Ridge. The townspeople are celebrating a Headless Horseman ceremony, which unbeknownst to the teenagers requires human heads from young people. The teens, with the help of a young tow-truck driver named Candy (who is initially on the town’s side, but later feels guilty and decides to help the teens), attempt to escape the town before they are killed…

Review:

As freshness-expired as Headless Horseman is, seven teenagers end up in Wormwood Ridge, a mysterious run-down town. What it does have, though, is a vengeful headless horseman, named Headless. Cute.

The Headless Horseman needs seven heads to drop into that boiling tar hole in his garage. This dirty orifice is Hell’s dumbwaiter as a tentacled thingamajig reaches out to snag said offerings, thereby allowing HH to roam the earth. If he doesn’t put the required amount of heads in the pit by midnight, he and the whole town will be sucked down to Hell.

Craniums get lopped off, but sadly it’s all done digitally. The best moment – aside from a young supermodel-in-training slowly changing clothes – comes when she drives her father’s truck right over Horsy’s head and it pops like a grape in pliers. Major plot spoiler: the Headless Horseman has a head.

There’s a third-grade backstory about a priest, enchanted sword and the snake constellation whose stars line up to…  Yep, it’s stupid. So is the Headless Horseman himself, who even rides a motorcycle at one point. (Ghost Rider is gonna want to have a word with you, pal). It takes less than two minutes total for the heads to be cut off. You’re on your own for the movie’s remaining eighty-eight.

Jeff Gilbert, Horrorpedia guest reviewer via Drinkin’ & Drive-In

Cast and characters:

  • Billy Aaron Brown as Liam
  • Rebecca Mozo as Ava
  • Elizabeth Prestel as Candy
  • Richard Moll as Kolchak Jefferson Stillwall
  • M. Steven Felty as Pa Rusk / Sgt. Mosby Rusk
  • Trish Coren as Lizzie
  • Brent Lydic as Nash
  • Joe Hartzler as Doc
  • Arianne Fraser as Tiffany
  • Elvin Dandel as Seth
  • Vasile Albinet as The Headless Horseman / Calvin Montgomery

Choice dialogue:

“Seven heads are better than none! You little turds.”

Filming locations:

Bucharest, Romania

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