Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is the story of Ignatius or “Ig” to his friends, who, not long after the mysterious death of his girlfriend, starts growing horns. Large, curling devilish horns, they’re really quite impressive.
With great horns come great responsibilities, or rather great powers. The horns seem to compell people to tell their deepest darkest secrets to Ig and with the merest suggestion he can make people commit acts they would never otherwise do. If Ig touches someone he’s able to see that persons last interaction with his girlfriend before she died. Horns is a murder mystery wrapped in a fantasy and it works.
Daniel Radcliffe plays protagonist Ig and not for nothing does a great American accent. Shia LaBeouf was originally set to play Ig and I think having Radcliffe instead was a good choice. There’s no doubting Radcliffe’s acting ability and he’s a very likeable guy on screen.
Juno Temple is Merrin, Ig’s childhood sweetheart who’s been raped and murdered and everyone in town is convinced Ig is responsible. Joe Anderson (another Brit with a good American accent) puts in a good performance as Ig’s drug addled brother Terry and a great and unexpected appearance by Heather Graham.
Horns does a great job of pulling off dramatic subject matter and balancing it against the surrealism and comedy involved with a man who awakes one morning to find horns growing on his head. It’s a dark fantasy that draws you in from the get go and Daniel Radcliffe excels in playing a man tortured by the loss of the love of his life and the determination to find her killer.
I haven’t read the book but I hope the film has done it justice.
A SHARED FACT: Shia LaBeouf was originally cast in the lead role but he was replaced with Daniel Radcliffe.
A Shared Madness