The Pale Horse (2020)

Based on the well-known novel written by Agatha Christie, The Pale Horse begins with an older woman dying in the streets. While investigators search the woman’s body and seek out the cause of death, they find a piece of paper which contains a list of names located in one of the woman’s shoes. One of the names appearing on this list is a man named Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell). Mark is an antiques dealer, alive and well in England. When Mark hears about this unusual death and the mysterious list, he begins his own investigation, questioning why his name was even written on this list. As he investigates, he begins to fear that perhaps his death could be next. Mark also questions those around him and even wonders if any of these strange occurrences has something to do with his dark past.

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While Mark investigates, he finds himself travelling to a small village known as “Much Deeping” where he begins to suspect three fortune-telling ladies could somehow be involved. Topics such as faith and the use of witchcraft or curses are also hinted at somehow being in play. Mark also continues to receive word that more deaths are occurring, all from people were also on the strange list. Can Mark work out this unusual mystery? Why and how is Mark connected to all these deaths?
The Pale Horse is in a fact a TV movie including two episodes, each lasting an hour. Thanks to Umbrella Entertainment this mini-series has now been released on DVD and can be watched as a standard feature film.

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The leading performance from Rufus Sewell is easily the best highlight of this mini-series. I found his performance as Mark to be refreshing and strong. At times, this character seems quite confident in himself and then at other times, I felt his desperation and paranoia. It is a nice transition as a character and I felt the actor nailed this character wonderfully.

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As a plot, I found myself quite engaged with this mini-series from Episode One. With such mysteries, I found myself quite invested in the story and the leading character of Mark. I found myself to be quite curious to know the truth and was eager to begin the next episode immediately after the first one had ended.

While I have praises about the film’s leading performance and how I found the story to be quite engaging, the film’s ending (without any spoilers), was rather disappointing to me. Considering what was built up and how much I enjoyed the majority of the two episodes, I was guttered at how this series ended. Not because I did not enjoy the film’s plot or reveal, but then because the way it was done feels rather poor and inconsistent with everything that occurs before it. It is in fact the film’s final moments that hurt this series the most and leaves many unanswered questions for its audiences.

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Overall, as a mini-series, The Pale Horse is quite pleasing as a mystery and thriller. The plot is fun and it did not take long for me to get invested in the series. The performance from Rufus Sewell was powerful and wonderful. For the most part, I enjoyed the entire journey but I cannot deny how much I disliked how the series ended. Not because of its plot, but more to do with how they decided to film it and the editing choices in the final act which still leave me feeling somewhat baffled.

6.7/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Five thousand years ago in Kahndaq, Egypt, a young slave undergoes a significant transformation. When he encounters the Egyptian gods, they decide to have mercy on him, providing him with superpowers. Eventually, this individual is imprisoned deep underground. In the...

The Wicker Man (1973)

Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) receives a letter from an unknown person giving him details about a young girl currently missing on Summerisle, a Scottish island. He decides to travel to Summerisle by plane and investigate the recent disappearance by...

Possession (1981)

Mark (Sam Neill) returns home from work after being absent from his wife, Anna (Isabelle Adjani) and his only son Bob (Michael Hogben), for quite some time. However, Mark's time of peace with his family is short-lived. One day, Mark comes home and finds Anna has left...

I Am Alfred Hitchock (2021)

Focusing on one of the greatest filmmakers in history, this documentary tells the story of a man who didn't just understand filmmaking but helped develop it and became the ultimate master of suspense for his time. I am talking about one of my favourite Directors and...

The Meaning of Life (1983)

Have you ever wondered why you are on Earth? Or perhaps, you've questioned what's your primary purpose and destiny. Let me introduce you to a film that might have the answers you seek- Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life. This film consists of various comedy skits,...

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

As a big fan of the book and the BBC adaption (1995) by the same name, this movie had a lot to live up to. When it first came out, I saw it twice in the cinema as I couldn't decide how I felt about it. Ultimately what won me over was the beautiful soundtrack by Dario...

Project Wolf Hunting (2022)

In 2022, a group of dangerous Korean inmates arrested in the Philippines are going to be transported back to South Korea. But how does one do this safely without risking the inmates trying to escape? The answer? A large cargo ship. The ship is to depart from the...

Everything in Between (2022)

Set in the present day in Sydney, Australia, Jason (Jordan Dulieu) is a teenager suffering and trying to discover his purpose in life. The film opens with Jason attempting to end his life but being saved last minute by a stranger. Soon, Jason finds himself at a...

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (2022)

The film opens with an elderly couple driving on a highway, encountering something unexplained and horrific before disappearing. Twenty-two years later, The Creeper is often spoken of as an urban legend or a myth. Now we are introduced to Laine (Sydney Craven), who is...

Halloween Ends (2022)

Set four years after the events of Halloween Kills, the film again follows Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis). Laurie has significantly changed how she lives her life after the fatal damage and heartbreak caused by Michael Myers. Laurie is now living a life of peace with an...

A Taste of Hunger (2021)

Married couple Maggie (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal) and Carsten (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have two young children. Life for Maggie and Carsten is hectic as they both run a high-end gourmet restaurant called Malus. From the moment the two first meet, the audience will gain a...

Muru (2022)

Inspired by actual events in New Zealand in 2007, Muru follows Taffy Tawharau (Cliff Curtis), a local Police Sergeant who spends his days helping others. While being a Sergeant, he looks after his unwell father and assists with driving a local bus that takes kids to...

House of Darkness (2022)

Once upon a time… after meeting at a bar, Hap (Justin Long) offers to take things to the next step and drives his date, Mina (Kate Bosworth), home. The film begins with Hap driving into Mina's driveway and discovering that she lives in a big castle, to his surprise....

Dashcam (2021)

Set during the Covid pandemic, we are introduced to Annie Hardy. Annie is a musician and a well-known live streamer who spends her nights driving around while hosting a live music show known as ‘BandCar’. In the film’s world, BandCar is the number one live improvised...

V/H/S/99 (2022)

Introducing the fifth instalment within the V/H/S series. The year is 1999, and audiences will witness five new horrifying stories from one VHS tape. For those who are not aware, the V/H/S franchise is filled with various short horror films that are loosely connected...

Dark Glasses (2022)

A professional prostitute named Diana (Ilenia Pastorelli) has a great life in Italy with various well-paying clients who call for her services regularly. However, within the city lies a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes. One evening, as Diana bids farewell to...

Deadstream (2022)

Shawn Ruddy (Joseph Winter) is a famous online influencer when it comes to social media. Known for conducting various stunts and funny videos, his popularity earns him incredible sponsorships. However, when one video went too far, Shawn was instantly...

The Stranger (2022)

Based on a true story that all started in Queensland, Australia, Henry (Sean Harris) is a man exhausted by his life and haunted by his past crimes. Travelling by bus, Henry meets a man named Paul (Steve Mouzakis) and the two strike up a conversation, leading to a new...

Monstrous (2022)

Fleeing her abusive ex-husband, Laura (Christina Ricci) moves into a new home along with her seven-year-old son Cody (Santino Barnard). The new home is large and seems peaceful, plus it even has a lake behind the home, which is pleasing. However, as Laura and Cody...

Don’t Worry Darling (2022)

Set in the 1950s, Don't Worry Darling follows a housewife named Alice (Florence Pugh), who lives with her husband Jack (Harry Styles). Life for Alice is perfect as she lives in a loving community filled with solid friendships and beauty. Each day her husband goes to...

Under Cover (2022)

Once upon a time, buying a home was easier and would provide the homeowner with a safe place and peace of mind. In the present day, economics has changed everything regarding buying or renting a home, leaving many with shattered dreams and homeless. Under Cover is an...

The Osterman Weekend (1983)

A well-recognised TV journalist and celebrity, John Tanner (Rutger Hauer), is approached by a CIA agent named Lawrence Fassett (John Hurt). The two meet in secret, and agent Lawrence reveals dark details about some of Tanner's close friends. After watching various...

Dig (2022)

The film begins with something quite tragic and horrific. One evening, Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane) makes choices with disastrous consequences, leading to the death of his wife and his only daughter Jane (Harlow Jane), losing her hearing instantly. In the present day,...

Raven’s Hollow (2022)

Surely you've heard of the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe.  Introducing a new story about the poet based on the time before he wrote one of his famous poems, this film focuses on the well-known author.  Edgar Allan Poe (William Moseley) here is a West Point...

On the Count of Three (2021)

Val (Jerrod Carmichael) and Kevin (Christopher Abbott) are best friends. In the present day, things for Val and Kevin could certainly be better. Val is at a point in life where he wants everything to end. He quits his successful job, breaks up with his girlfriend, and...

Ticket to Paradise (2022)

David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts) are a divorced couple, and even after years have passed, they still can't stand to be in each other's presence without starting a debate or rehashing their past as a married couple. The one thing that forces them to...

Little Monsters (2022)

Would you like to know a secret about something that lives inside every house? What if I told you that in every home, no matter how many people live inside it, there is something else living inside too, something that nobody knows exists? No, I'm not talking about the...

Shapeless (2021)

Set in New Orleans, Shapeless follows a young woman named Ivy (Kelly Murtagh). Presently, Ivy is highly passionate about all things relating to jazz, regularly performing on stage and even on the streets. Other jazz performers within the city also inspire her. When...

Secret of the Incas (1954)

Harry Steele (Charlton Heston) is a man that fits many descriptions. Working daily as a tourist guide, Harry enjoys tricking others so he can earn money at an easy pace. When Harry isn't working, he's seeking the next adventure or conducting side jobs that pay well....

The Scarlet Hour (1956)

The film begins with Pauline (Carol Ohmart) and Marshall (Tom Tryon) spending the evening together in a parked car sharing intimate moments and general conversations. The two are conscious of other cars driving by as they are meeting secretly. As the night progresses,...

The Retaliators (2021)

Set in New Jersey, the film begins with the introduction of John Bishop (Michael Lombardi), a respectable pastor within his community. John is a single father of two daughters, Sarah (Katie Kelly) and Rebecca (Abbey Hafer). As pastor and father, John keeps his body in...

DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if our superheroes had pets? Possibly not! The film begins with an introduction to the man of steel himself, Superman. We witness his home being destroyed when he's a baby and being sent to Earth in a small vessel....

The Field (1990)

Set in Rural Ireland, the film introduces Bull McCabe (Richard Harris) and his son Tadgh (Sean Bean). Bull rents and lords a field, maintaining it like many generations before him. We learn that Bull is quite passionate about his field and one day hopes he will be...