Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Headhunter is the story of a frustrated young businessman who believes he has been 'held down' by the man. He seeks out the advice of a woman who is a professional headhunter. The only problem is, she takes her job really seriously.
Is it good movie?
Headhunter is a well-written little horror gem that I was really able to get into. I think that the best thing it has to offer is a plot that's actually a little more different than what you might expect. Our main character, Ben, thinks he's got it bad with the job he's at, but when he begins working for the mysterious (and gorgeous) Sarah (played excellently by Kristi Clainos), things really get rough.
Strange things begin to happen around the office, and soon, Ben is caught up in a murder plot that is ever so sinister. The story can be hokey, I won't lie, but the script is injected with just a little bit of over-the-top serum to make things fun. The picture painted by director Paul Tarantino is a bright and vibrant one to look out. The way he portrays his characters is subtly great, as i'd said, the characters are normal people (for the most part), with the volume turned up a little bit to have some fun.
The plot can get a bit confusing by the end, but Headhunter still offers an original tale of a man who gets exactly what he wished for, and then some. The acting is quite good, but the film is low budget, and the effects tend to suffer as a result. As a horror fan, i'd rather see great actors than great effects, so i'm not saying that's the be-all and end-all for this one, but the red stuff is a bit disappointing, although it is quite prominent.
Video / Audio
Neither of these features are specified on the disc, but both the sound quality and picture quality were excellent, in my opinion.
We are treated to a 23 minute Making of Headhunter feature, which was a blast to watch. I love it when you get a filmmaker who is still humble and love what they are doing. It really shows in their work, and the cast seemed to be having an absolute blast making this flick. This was a fun feature to watch, and glosses over each of the important aspects of the film's creation.
There's also a commentary track on this one, with Paul Tarantino, star Ben Parillo, and DOP Seth Kotok. It's about as average as any commentary track can be, although Tarantino has the most to say, and unfortunately doesn't speak with a lot of intonation in his voice, i'd be lying if I said this track held my complete attention.
Rounding out the disc is a photo gallery, and a trailer for Headhunter.
Xenon films has put out a good little flick here, in Headhunter. I think it's one of the best written low budget films i've seen in quite some time, and it definitely captivated my attention, even if it wasn't perfect. Anyone who's into independant cinema with a dark comedy/detective/head game twist should check this out, its worth it.