Accused 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.
Horns Screening Times
- Friday, September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
- Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Scotiabank 4