The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

Film Review: Horns (2013)

Horns (2013). Loosely based on the novel by Joe Hill and directed by Alexandre Aja. The film starts with a somewhat cryptic monologue from the central character of the film, Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe). In flashback we then see Ig with Merrin (Juno Temple), his long-standing girlfriend, who asks him to promise that they will be together forever. We then move forward to present day, where Ig wakes up after a night of heavy drinking. He puts on a David Bowie record, opens the curtains, and looks out to dozens of press and protesters outside his house wanting to talk to him about the death of Merrin. Horns is a curious mixture of horror, psychological thriller, black comedy, and coming of age story. Some might find the genre crossing a bit confusing, but I thought the story had some charm to it. Despite the charm though one of the two biggest problems for me was the pacing. It could have done with a few edits to give it a snappier feel. Also crucially I'm left feeling none the wiser about why Ig's nemesis does what he does, or at least it just doesn't feel credible. Despite this Radcliffe pulls out all the stops as the central character, and there's certainly no Harry Potter confusion here. I should stress that this probably isn't most people's cup of tea, but if you don't mind a quirky genre-crossing horror with a less than brilliant story you might get some enjoyment from it. 3/5 (Average)
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