Horns – The devilish side of love
Interesting: For every new movies he will shoot, Daniel Radcliffe creates a playlist around the mood of the movie that he will listen to non-stop to get into his character. For Horns, because of its dark atmosphere, this playlist included bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Radiohead and Hope of the States.
While filming: Daniel Radcliffe needed to drive a vintage AMC Gremlin for the movie, which seems fine except the fact that he didn’t have a driver licence! At one point during the movie, where he needed to drive and exit a car with a snake around his neck, someone of the crew was at the back of the car to put the snake around him. Before the shot begin, Daniel told the prop guy, “Just so you know, Cory, I can’t drive. I don’t have a license.” And he goes, “It’s OK, I’ve never handled a snake before!”
Should I see it?
This movie won’t please everyone. If for you horror means seeing a lot of blood or getting scared, you should pass your turn.
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Released on October 31st, 2014
Running Time: 123 minutes
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Max Minghella
Review – 6.7/10
After being accuse of a murder he swore he didn’t do, a young man wakes up one day to find he has horns coming out of his head.
When something bad happens, people need a suspect, they need to put the blame on someone to have the impression they will feel better and move on more easily afterwards. And this is what this movie is about. Ig Perrish, after being blame for a murder, is sick of being persecuted and says out loud that he question the way of God. He wakes up one morning to the unexpected surprise that he as horns sprouting out of his head. Not only can he hear strange thoughts coming out from everyone he’s near, but the more the horns grow, the more he becomes devilish. Most of those thoughts are right down funny, lighting the mood of the movie in a good and intelligent way but for some people, the funny part will probably be too much and kill the horror mood.
You are in the presence of a mix of psychological and visual horror movie, the psychological more present however. Here, the director delivers a shaky drama horror, sometimes we have the impression it lacks constancy. The script and the acting of the actors are good, especially for this type of movie where we are often taken as idiots with a mediocre script and bad acting. Daniel Radcliffe surprises us in this movie, showing now more than ever that Harry Potter is no more! He didn’t fully convince me in “The Woman in Black” that he could act in this type of movie, but after seeing “Horns” I take back what I ever said on that subject.
It is that originality that makes it a must see in my eyes. Yes, what is happening in the movie falls into the “weird” category for many, there is no blood overflowing for an hour, no gripping your armchairs tightly because you are scared. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good, it just means it succeeded not following the never-ending bad horror movies that producers seems to push down our throats. It’s not a remake, which makes it even more appealing, nor is it a story that we are used to see for a thousand times. What makes a good horror movie? Only the fact that there is blood everywhere, or the way the person is tortured? And let’s not forget, torture isn’t only physical, the psychological can be as intense when greatly demonstrated. The way Ig is treated for an accusation he is not yet guilty off, can easily push somebody’s button to the brink of doing something out of revenge.
Horns prove to us that horror isn’t just about blood, ghosts and zombies, but it’s also about the way the people can act between each other. Just after watching the trailer I knew that I shouldn’t expected many gore scenes and I was right, but not disappointed. It’s not a masterpiece and not the same as other horror movies, but it was refreshing to see something out of the same mold that are becoming typical for horror movies and that was enough for me.
I’ll be honest, even if I liked it, many will find it to be too much out of the ordinary, the things that some people do under the influence of the horns are not going to please everyone and some won’t see that much of a point of the movie because they didn’t get scared. I assume the term “weird” will be use often to describe that movie!