31 Frightful Films – #20 Horns

What’s that? But this movie doesn’t come out until October 31! In theaters, true. But you can rent it right now (for a rate higher than a normal rental. We paid ten bucks on Amazon. Still cheaper than two cinema tickets). Yes indeed, last night we watched Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King Jr. aka Joe Hill. The premise is that a young man who is accused of murdering his girlfriend wakes up one morning after a night of drunken debauchery and grows horns. Devil horns. Friends and neighbors don’t seem to find the horns all that odd, but they do start to behave differently in their presence: giving into their basest desires, confessing their ugliest thoughts. When Harry Potter touches them he has visions of their darkest deeds. Through these new-found–and unwelcome–powers he is able to investigate his girlfriend’s death.

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Christa’s review

Okay, so maybe this doesn’t qualify as classic horror. There aren’t really any suspenseful “what’s going to jump out at me” moments. Because Daniel (as Ig Parrish) is the scariest thing on-screen. And he’s the hero. I read the book and it never occurred to me that it would make a good movie, but guess what? It does. At its core it’s a crime thriller. A whodunnit the likes of which you’ve seen before. Dude is accused of horrible crime and must find the real killer to clear his name. Only this detective story has a supernatural element: the hero himself. The special effects are very well done and the film was interesting, moved along at a compelling pace, and had many funny moments. Not scary at all, but a good film and definitely worth a watch.

Dana’s review

Flipping through Amazon, looking for something to watch, and see Horns is available already. I mention this because it doesn’t come out in theaters until October 31st. So while the 9.99 HD rental price may sound high, it was still cheaper than going to the movies and seeing it. In Horns, Harry Potter, not at Hogwarts this time , is accused of killing his long time girlfriend, and ends up growing horns that grant him supernatural powers that he uses to try and find the real killer. While their were some weird plot choices in the movie, overall I enjoyed it. Very little gore in the movie, but what gore there was, was used in a way to make the movie better. Not a lot of suspense or surprise in the movie, but what was there, like the gore, was used in a way to heighten the movie, and not water it down. Another good watch.

NOTE: We are on vacation for the next few days, so there won’t be new reviews until we get back. The plan is to continue to watch scary movies while away and review when we return. We’re not sure how successful this plan will be.

 

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