Dennis Quaid in a horror movie is not something you see every day. Dennis Quaid looking old and beaten up and ready to take the long dirt nap is even more rare. You get both of those things with Jonas Åkerlund’s “The Horsemen”, which has Quaid playing a beaten down, world weary homicide cop chasing a serial killer who seems to be trying to bring forth the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with the help of Zhang Ziyi. Or maybe Ziyi is the villain. Who knows. The trailer is pretty confusing, and I haven’t a clue what this movie is really about. It could just be another “Saw” knock-off for all I know, although with a much, much more adult-skewing audience in mind.
Aidan Breslin (Dennis Quaid) is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between himself and the suspects in a chain of murders that seem to be based on the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.
Starring Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci, Clifton Collins Jr., Patrick Fugit, Eric Balfour, and Peter Stormare. Jonas Åkerlund, another longtime music video director, makes his feature film debut with “The Horsemen”.
Your odds of actually seeing “The Horsemen” in U.S. theaters aren’t all that good. The film is scheduled to open in Italy on February 6, 2009, and indeed an Italian trailer for the movie popped up first before someone got the bright idea to release an English version (below). Anyways, I’d expect a straight-to-DVD release, as this movie doesn’t look like it has the teen crowd in mind, and horror movies that can’t be sold to teenagers just don’t make it into U.S. theaters anymore.
Some images from the movie: