October 8, 2014 Horns (Movie review)
Horns is a Fantasy Thriller film Directed by Alexandre Aja who is no stranger to Horror due to his involvement in many films within the genre as director, writer and producer. His directing credits include High Tension (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Mirrors (2008) and Piranha 3D (2010). He also recently produced the amazing remake of Maniac staring Elijah Wood. Joe Hill, the author of the popular Horror Fantasy novel, from which this film is based, is another person that is no stranger to Horror since he was fathered by the master of Horror himself, Stephen King. The film was shot in Canada and then premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th, 2013 where it met mixed reviews. The film is to be released in theaters on October 31st but is available now through VOD on most cable/satellite providers along with Amazon instant video.
The Film stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series) who recently starred in the very well done Woman In Black remake in 2012. He plays Ig Perrish, a man that is accused of raping and murdering his long term girlfriend (Juno Temple- The Dark Knight Rises 2012). The entire town believes he killed her and are very determined to have him put away, but there is a problem with the evidence from the murder since the building where it was held mysteriously burns down which sets him free. He does not remember what happened that night but is sure he did not kill her. He is “hell bent” on finding out who the killer is. After a rough night of drinking, he wakes up to find that not only does he have horns slowly sprouting from his head, but that no one seems to care that they are there and are suddenly stricken with the overwhelming urge to tell him their deepest and darkest thoughts. He also has the ability, once they are in this state, to talk them into whatever he sees fit. He takes these new powers and uses them to try and find out what happened to the love of his life.
The production value on this film is very high and the cinematography is fantastic. The direction is very polished and the acting is very well done, especially from Radcliffe who plays the character with passion and good intensity. There really is no actor that does not pull off their role well. The film has a goal, to tell a story and that is what it does and very well. There are some unanswered questions in the end, but this is to be expected when doing Fantasy and also when you are adapting a novel with 370 pages of source material. No film can perfectly adapt a novel, there just is not time.
The film has great flow and never seems to lose its pace. The Special F/X are also top notch, although they will not be a big hit with the practical effects purist because there is a lot of CGI in the effects. The film is not without its flaws though, there seems to be some storylines that are just forgotten and left unaddressed, but nothing big enough that viewers are left feeling disappointed. It is a fun film that is not meant to be taken too seriously. It is a revenge film with a twist and damn it if it does not pull it off. CrypticRock give Horns 4 out of 5 stars.