Daniel Radcliffe has done everything he can to try to shake the Harry Potter spell that has been cast over him since the age of 11. In 2013, he visited his supernatural roots in fantasy, thriller Horns.
After the mysterious death of Merrin (Juno Temple), her boyfriend Ig (Radcliffe) becomes prime suspect in her murder. In the quest to discover who the real murderer is, Ig sprouts strange horns which make the townspeople confess their sins to him.
Weird. That is the best word to describe this film. It’s one of those films which is so weird but so captivating that you can’t look away. It starts off fairly normal with a love story turned sour when Ig becomes prime suspect for the murder of his girlfriend Merrin. But soon, Ig sprouts horns meaning that everyone around him starts confessing things that Ig doesn’t really want to know – wanting to eat so much that they become fat, wanting to scream at an annoying woman’s child, wanting to sleep with the dental nurse during an operation, having illicit fantasies about their police partner. Like I said, weird.
The story itself is quite interesting, even without the fantasy horns element. As prime suspect for a murder, Ig is being followed by press and police non-stop, hoping that he’ll trip up and confess to everything. The only person who believes that he’s innocent is his life-long friend Lee (Max Minghella) who is also serving as his lawyer. However, all the evidence goes up in smoke and with a waitress serving as a surprise witness, it looks like Ig is going down. The added element of the confession inducing horns makes it a lot easier for Ig to collect real evidence and find Merrin’s killer.
The costume design/cgi design is very impressive with the continued development of Ig’s horns throughout the film into full on demon-lava creature.
The film itself could have been shorter. At two hours long, it feels like the film is padded out with flashbacks. While some are integral to the plot, there’s a couple which could have been left on the cutting room floor.
Overall Horns isn’t a bad film. Weird and, at times, mind-boggling Horns is actually an original fantasy film which brings the supernatural into the real world without the creatures being family friendly.
Horns is available on Netflix.
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