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Horns (2013)


October 22, 2014 - 7:25pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alexandre Aja, based on book, crime, Daniel Radcliffe, Horns, James Remar, Joe Anderson, Joe Hill, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, Mandalay Pictures, Max Minghella, Mystery, Scott Bunin, thriller

Your rating: None Average: 6.9 (8 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7
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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Alexandre Aja
Cast: 
Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, James Remar


Based on the book by author Joe Hill (Stephen King's son) and directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), Horns is your basic tale of love and revenge, but with a twist. I personally haven't read the book, but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the movie. I wasn't aware it was part comedy until viewing it, which was nice because it actually seemed to make the flick move at a more brisk and interesting pace.

The story focuses around a character named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) who also happens to be the most hated man in the town. We quickly learn it's because he's the key suspect in the murder of his beloved girlfriend. Despite his claiming innocent, no one believes him, not even his parents. It seems like a hopeless effort for poor Ig, trying to claim innocence when all signs point to him. That is until Ig wakes up one day with a pair of F'n horns growing out've his head (nice!).

Not sure what to make of it, Ig takes a trip to see his Doctor, only to realize that everyone around him is acting strange; blurting out their deepest and darkest thoughts and desires to him. It's not long before our protagonist realizes that these pesky horns may be a blessing in disguise, as he uses  his new found gifts to find the truth behind his girl's death.

Horns is more of a dark fantasy with comedic elements thrown in. The true "horror" elements don't really show themselves until towards the end, but I enjoyed its blend of genres either way. Radcliffe did a pretty good job as the lead, even doing away with his Brit accent. It didn't take long before I grew to like the character and really root for him to find the true baddy in the film. On that note, the big reveal didn't come as much of a surprise to me. I knew who was the most likely culprit VERY early on, but that still didn't change my positive thoughts towards the pic.

Next to diggin' the characters and the comedic elements (which work pretty well, by the way) I loved the final look of Radcliffe's character by the end. A nice mix of practical and CG effects made his character look the total badass. Sadly, not all the CG worked well, as there were some minor questionable aspects that could've used more work (*cough*snakes*cough). Complaints aside, I enjoyed the movie from start to finish. It was entertaining, funny, and for the most part offered an intriguing mystery.

Horns is an interesting tale of love and revenge with an unusual twist that actually works. It's semi-creative efforts, along with comedic moments and some badass horror elements towards the end make for a pretty entertaining flick overall.

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