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The Head Hunter (#2019)

The Head Hunter (#2019)

Grief. Anger. Vengeance.Apr. 05, 2019USA72 Min.Not Rated
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The Head Hunter (#2019)

The Head Hunter (originally titled The Head) is a 2018 American fantasy horror film directed by Jordan Downey, who also co-wrote, produced, and edited the film. It stars Norwegian actor Christopher Rygh as the title character, Cora Kaufman, and Aisha Ricketts. The film centers on the title character, who works as a bounty hunter for a local kingdom, all the while he awaits the eventual return of the creature responsible for the murder of his daughter.

Influenced by Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1981 film Quest for Fire, as well as The X-Files, and Tales From the Crypt television series, The Head Hunter was developed by Downey and Kevin Stewart, with the location in mind long before the film’s story was eventually developed. The initial concept for the film later came about during a writer’s retreat, in which the filmmakers had assembled and hosted at Stewart’s family home in Soutelo Mourisco, a small village in Northern Portugal. Norwegian actor Christopher Rygh was cast as the leading role, in his feature-film debut, after filmmakers discovered him while searching a casting website. Principal photography later began in Bragança, Portugal, while additional scenes were shot in Norway, and Mammoth Lakes, California.

The Head Hunter first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2018, as a part of the festival’s “Panorama Fantàstic” section. While the film was screened at Sitges, and Nightmares Film Festival under the title The Head, but the title was later changed to The Head Hunter due to lukewarm reactions. The film would garner several awards and nominations at the various film festivals it was screened at, and received positive reviews from critics upon its release, with many praising the film’s atmosphere, cinematography, and Rygh’s performance.

On the outskirts of a kingdom, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters and the occult. His gruesome collection of heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago. Driven by a thirst for revenge, he travels wild expanses on horseback. When his second chance arrives, it’s in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined.

The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
The Head Hunter (#2019)
Original title The Head Hunter
IMDb Rating 5.4 6,003 votes
TMDb Rating 5.3 209 votes

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Cast

Cora Kaufman isDaughter
Daughter
Aisha Ricketts isThe Head (Voice)
The Head (Voice)

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