Cert: 15 Runtime: 120 mins Director: Alexandre Aja Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, David Morse, James Remar and Heather Graham
You killed that poor girl, and now the devil has claimed you
The Harry Potter unclean-zing continues in the career of Dan Radcliffe, we now are being given another horror running from him, This time we have Horns, and yes he has horns on his head. What If was an interesting turn in his career, but for him to delve back into the horror genre is an interesting turn for him. So what is Horns all about? Smalltown couple Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) and Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) are childhood sweethearts. When Merrin is murdered, Ig becomes the prime suspect. The police don’t have enough evidence to charge him, but only Ig’s family and his public defender friend Lee (Max Minghella) believe in his innocence. Then our horrified hero awakes to find horns sprouting from his temples. Naturally, the locals see this as a sign of his guilt and reason that the Devil has claimed him. But there’s an intriguing side effect. Ig now finds his embarrassing appendages cause those around him to share their deepest secrets and darkest urges!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the pictures of this movie. Having watched it I would say at points it does have a bit of B movie appeal to it, while other parts are well shot. Overall I liked the look of the whole movie. Lots of colors and a few psychedelic scenes. This being said, some of scenes were stretched out and seemed a little redundant.I would say this is Daniel Radcliffe’s best role since the playing the boy who lived.The role he plays in “Horns”, offers a polar opposite to what he played in “Kill Your Darlings,” and I think he did a pretty good job.The philosophy behind this movie is interesting, and provides a fresh change on what constitutes an image of both good and evil. I liked the progression of experiences the main character went through, and I always enjoy watching Juno Temple in all the work she does, as she brought a nice light hearted, feel good energy to the movie.At times this movie reminded me of “Stand By Me,” with a touch of Steven Kings “Needful Things.” Otherwise was a ‘fairly’ interesting (psychologically accurate) murder mystery, while at the same time offering enough to ponder with the spiritual aspects taking place.As the movie continued to progress, I was thinking that it was just going to be another generic murder case movie, with some supernatural stuff thrown in at a surface level in order to try and make it seem like something new. But, while it was another murder case solving mystery, there were enough other elements added to mix to make a good stand alone film.