I missed the chance to see Horns in the movie theater. I wanted to see it on the big screen for a couple of reasons, but mainly I just wanted to see it.
It came out on DVD not too long ago (well.. okay, not too long ago as of my writing of this review – it came out on January 6th, 2015) and I finally managed to grab a copy.
Horns is based on the book (albeit a bit loosely), Horns, by Joe Hill. Joe Hill, in an attempt to distance his name from his father, is the son of Stephen King. His full name is Joseph Hillstrom King. You can certainly see where his pen name came from. I get why he did this, he wanted to succeed based on his own merits rather than ride on the coat-tails of his father.
Honestly, at this point, I’m not sure that it matters any more. He’s good at his craft, and I will most certainly read his books. I’m sure that, like some of his dad’s writings, some will be a big hit with me and some will be a miss. I’m not too worried about it, and I doubt Joe will lose any sleep over whether or not I read (or don’t read) something of his.
There are plenty of differences between the book and the movie, locations are a little different, characters are a little different, but the overall story is the same. I feel comfortable in saying that if you liked the book you will probably enjoy the movie. As I mentioned, it’s not an exact copy of the book and a lot of the symbolism in the writing was lost in the visual of the movie. That said, however, if you have not read the book you won’t notice!
If I had to sum up Horns into a category, I don’t think I could. It’s a little bit of horror, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of who-dun-it.
Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and David Morse are among the more stand out actors (and actresses) in Horns.
Let’s Get Real:
We all have had that one love in our life, that one that we loved and lost. The one we think about, but try not to think about. Ignatius (everyone calls him Iggy or Ig – played by Daniel Radcliff) has found such a love in Merrin (played by Juno Temple). She is his everything.
When she is found dead, the town thinks that Ig did it. Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing out of his head. No one seems to think anything of it, but almost everyone feels compelled to spill their most intimate secrets to him.
I typically don’t like to give a step by step, blow by blow account of what happens in the movies I review, and I’m not going to do that here, but I will say that Horns provides a run ride in watching Ig deal with his new found power.
I’ve seen several reviews that attempt to mirror this movie to the pseudo-vampire movies, Twilight. While Harry Potter Horns is not, neither is it Twilight (well, okay my little slam against those shimmering vampires – I watched the 1st one and none of the others – oh.. and vampires do not fucking sparkle).
They are different movies after all. While casting Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Joe Anderson of Twilight fame, I’m positive the casting was done to pull in those respective movie’s fan base. In the end it is all an attempt to make cash, right?
The Nitty Gritty:
Nudity, there is some. Not much, but there is some. There is a little Radcliffe ass and a little Juno ass and boob. It’s a little uncomfortable where they placed it, because the scene that comes (no pun intended) just before it is a flash-back of them being kids. It’s just a strange transition.
Gore, is there gore? Yeah. Blood, open wounds, missing fingers, and a blown up head. Yeah, there is blood and guts. It is rated R.
There is a disturbing assault scene in which we see how Merrin is killed, I didn’t care for that, never have.
The special effects were really good, everything actually looked in place. Did that come out right? What I mean is.. well.. you know how some CGI in movies just looks fake? The CGI in Horns is really good.
It just has one extra and that is the Making of Horns. It’s not exactly a making of, as it more of just a long advertisement for the movie. There is not really much substance to it, a couple of clips from the movie, Joe Hill talks a bit about the characters, and a few of the actors are interviewed about their characters.
About 13 minutes in we do get to see some good behind the scenes stuff with how they made the horns and fitted them to Radcliffe.
The Making of Horns is just over 18 minutes long.
And that’s it.
No commentary, no deleted scenes, nothing else.
As I understand it, the Blu-Ray offers nothing else other than the Making of Horns.
All in all, Horns is a fun ride. Yeah, there are things I would have changed, and elements I would have explored more of, but by the time I got done with it, it probably would not be the same movie at all.
Horns runs 120 minutes and is rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, disturbing violence, language, and drug use.