Thirty-one days of Horror.
For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!
Based on Joe Hill’s novel, Horns is a dark fantasy horror, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish. Accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Ig has put up with abuse from his former friends and townspeople and one day wakes up having grown two horns on his head and now has the power to command people reveal their darkest desires. He also has the ability to make them act on these impulses. As you’d imagine, Ig reluctantly embraces his new abilities and sets out to use them to find the real killer.
Directed by French horror icon Alexandre Aja, Horns streamlines the sprawling novel down to a clipped pace and does it’s best to feel like a Stephen King story. Granted, Joe Hill is King’s son, but I feel the movie maybe tried to ape that Stand by Me/IT type of feel.
I think Horns should probably have been a bigger success, although maybe audiences weren’t quite ready for Daniel Radcliffe to be in such a wild movie so close to Harry Potter. It’s not quite as good as the book, but definitely deserved better reviews.
The Pacific northwest setting evokes Twilight and Twin Peaks, with that cloudy rainy sky putting a roof over the world. Horns does feel a little bit of a patchwork of other films, but that’s definitely an element of the book too. It’s definitely the Joe Hill book most reminiscent of his dad’s work. Personally, I’m waiting for an adaptation of Hill’s Heart Shaped Box, one of the scariest books I’ve ever read!
The cast is stacked with great talent, with Juno Temple as Ig’s murdered girlfriend Merrin, Max Minghella as Lee and James Remar as Ig’s dad. Heather Graham shows up as a waitress adding to the Twin Peaks vibe even more!
With its darkly comic edge, killer soundtrack and phenomenal cast, Horns is a great way to spend an October evening, especially if you haven’t seen it. Which, judging by the box office, seems to be most people.
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