Harry Potter Sprouts Horns? A Horns Review

You ever have one of those weeks where you can’t seem to find a damn thing on Netflix that catches your mood? You pass over a particular title – Horns in this case — and in the back of your mind you think “Well it stars the kid from Harry Potter – he couldn’t possibly follow up that series with anything good.” On this night I was pleasantly proved wrong as I caved and clicked the play button.

The movie Horns is an adaptation of a 2010 Dark Fantasy novel by Joel Hill. The movie was released in 2013 and produced by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes 2006). Some may call it a horror, drama, thriller, suspense, or a mix of them all. To me it was a mix of Dark Comedy, Dark Fantasy, and Murder Mystery with possibly a tiny bit of a thriller vibe to it. The premise of the plot starts off with a mysterious murder and works its way backwards to uncover the classic “Who Done It!” cliché.

potterOur favorite Hogwarts valedictorian and wizard extraordinaire Harry — I mean Daniel Radcliff stars as the lead role Ig Perrish. The movie starts off with a pre-sexual encounter with his childhood sweetheart, Merrin, at their favorite spot in the woods. Flash forward a few moments and some tricky cinematography, which may give you a bit of a fit if you easily get motion sickness, and we find Ig seriously hung over and recovering from what looks to be a big night of drinking. A bit of a hipster he throws his favorite album on, throws back the curtains, and finds out he is now very famous – for the very wrong reasons.

The entire town hates him and it’s evident by a convoy of reporters who follow him as he drives around in his Gremlin! He only has a few loyal friends who stick up for him and well it’s not even quite clear if they believe he is totally innocent. There is a flashback of the kids that helps build the backstory of their relationships as friends but also stinks of a potential jealousy for Ig as he lands what seems to be the only non-trashy girl in town at a very young age and manages to stick with her for years to come. WARNING you may see more of a very hairy Harry Potter than you bargained for – but don’t fret as the title says it’s No-Porn.

Radcliff does a fine job here as he carries the role of the Devil in this film. The Dark Comedy aspects are apparent as his newly sprouted horns seem to break down any filter of inner-monologue the people he counters may have. His new found Horns brings out the best, well the worst, in people and it leads up to some seriously comical situations. My favorite scene is reminiscent of Anchor Man where the various news channels face off in an old-fashion Warriors style street brawl! Watching Ig deal with people telling him their inner-most dark secrets of how they feel about him and things is great. He eventually comes to terms with this and start’s using this new found power to uncover the murder mystery.

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The movie takes place in the mountainous region of the Pacific Northwest and has some very beautiful scenery. The cinematography gets fairly psychedelic as the movie gets deeper into the dark fantasy feel as Ig begins to uncover what happened to his beloved Merrin. The musical score ranges from Bowie, to Marilyn Manson, to Fever Ray with a very creepy scene featuring Vikings intro “If I had a heart” – I completely got the chills — All Hail Ragnar Lothbrok! Dubbed as a horror flick, this movie doesn’t feel like one, and if it truly was meant to be a horror film then it redefines the genre a bit in a good way. Personally I would say this movie is pretty damn good – I would say great even and give it 4 out of 5 stars!

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