Parents' Guide to

The Head Hunter

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Medieval fantasy movie has bloody violence and horror.

Movie NR 2019 72 minutes
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The most impressive thing about this movie is that it was made for only $30,000 and shot across two countries using minimal cast and crew. Channeling the windswept, wintry look of Game of Thrones, it creates a vivid sense of place on a budget. Rygh also does a good job carrying The Head Hunter with his portrayal of a grieving father who must also literally fight for survival.

What's lacking, though, is a stronger plot and proper explanation of the world in which the events unfold. Father spends barely any time consulting the texts that describe the occult and dark magic that presumably power the monsters, demons, and zombies that terrorize him and that are responsible for the death of his daughter. As a result, the audience is left to do a lot of the heavy lifting when trying to follow what Father is doing and why. The short run time of just over 70 minutes adds to the lightweight feel. While clearly the work of several talented individuals, the end result is a frustrating watch. With a bit more of Father's voiceover for guidance, this could've been an indie gem that doesn't, in places, lose its head.

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