TIFF Review: Horns (2013)

Horns reviewAccused of murdering his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) claims that he had nothing to do with the crime. The rest of the town isn’t convinced, and Ig finds himself shunned almost everywhere. After an evening of heavy drinking, Ig wakes up to find horns growing out of his head, but nobody really seems to care. Suddenly, people are telling Ig their deepest fantasies, and secrets, and he realizes that he’ll be able to find out the truth behind Merrin’s death.

Alexandre Aja has a number of extremely bloody films under his belt, but Horns tends to steer clear of the gore. In fact, much of the film is actually quite funny, as various townspeople start telling Ig all their secrets. Ig also has the ability to convince people to do anything, leading to a few very hilarious moments in the film.

Daniel Radcliffe is the main attraction here, and his performance is outstanding. He moves perfectly through a story that starts on a lighter note, before turning very dark towards the end. The only thing wrong with the film, is the fact that you’ll have the mystery solved early on.

There aren’t any surprises about who did what, but you will find yourself wondering how Ig will deal with it. Will he use these new powers for bloody revenge, or will he try to bring the real villains to justice?

The Final Call

This is a must see film, and there’s only one more chance to catch it at TIFF. With the star power involved, we’ll surely see the film released in the near future, but that’s too long a wait for a movie that is so good.

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6 Responses to TIFF Review: Horns (2013)

  1. Alex says:

    I have an important questions- is the film as anti- God as the book was?
    I already know the scene of ig desecrating Merryns burial ground is in the film. But is his rant to the priest about god doesn’t give a fuck and is a fucker himself-in? Or worse, is igs speech to the snakes on how god punished Merryns/women with rape for having the power to string men along-in?
    I really want to know this and I don’t care for spoilers

    • ninfanwill says:

      I didn’t really feel the film was anti-God at all. Ig does speak to a priest, but it’s not much of a rant, and that’s about the only point where religion is really discussed. Also, I don’t recall Ig desecrating Merrin’s burial ground in there. He causes some damage at her memorial site, but it has nothing to do with being anti-God, and is really about his total frustration and anger.

      • Alex says:

        Well thats a small relief at least.
        So there’s no speech to the snakes how God is under the devil foot? No Pissing on a status of christ, mention of JC,etc?

        • ninfanwill says:

          Yeah, there’s really not that much about God and the Devil in the film, at least not discussion wise. Like I said, I didn’t get the impression that the film was anti-God at all, and I certainly don’t remember any of the last things you’re mentioning.

          • Alex says:

            Well Had to check.
            For the récord Im asking for all these particular things because they Were things IN the book.
            And considering how much i hated them i was aprehensive about them Being on the silver screen- a big bad antagonistic fest for people to tweet about

            So yeah, HUGE relief

            Thanks for Being helpful

          • ninfanwill says:

            No problem! I think the film can deal with those issues visually, something that the book might not be able to. This is really a fantastic film, and I only wish that I had read the book as well, so I could give you a better answer. I hope you get a chance to see it, and come back to let me know what you think of the film.

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