Horns takes so much time attempting to let you know why you ought to think about these characters and who they are particularly through the utilization of protracted flashbacks , just to have you despise the lion's share of them before the end of the film. The thinking for their activities is lukewarm, best case scenario, and abandons you with a larger number of inquiries than answers. What likewise meets expectations against Horns is that any type of secret and uniqueness found in the first a large portion of the film is essentially tossed out totally for merciless savagery. Some of it <more>
is played for chuckles, while different minutes are played for veritable stuns. In general, Horns is an exceptionally blended pack. The film itself is really untidy and a close tonal debacle. Yet the exhibitions, particularly from Radcliffe and Temple, are all exceptionally well done. However it is an imperfect one that could have effectively been enhanced with better plotting and a stronger second half. Accuse the first book, yet the progressions recommend detach that could have been amended.
I can't believe this movie doesn't get more love (by amandacarleyis)
I give this movie a 10/10 for many reasons and here is three to keep it simple:The first is the impeccable acting. This entire movie was cast perfectly, and Daniel Radcliffe broke the Harry Potter typecast and gave us a phenomenal performance in Horns. I definitely felt the chemistry between Radcliffe and Temple, both of them were outstanding and sexy.The second is the book-to-screen adaption. Aside from leaving a few key points of Lee's back story out, the film kept the originality and humor that Joe Hill's novel blessed us with. I don't ever go into a book-to-film adaption <more>
expecting everything to math perfectly, and this movie did everything right!The third is the cinematography. Such a beautiful and artful film, everything about the way this movie looks is delivered perfectly.If you have not watched this movie or at least read the novel, please take the time to do so. It is such an original story and well worth it! It's disturbing, funny, sad, satisfying and so much more!
It's own Genre, like nothing I've ever seen before. (by misterphilipj)
This film deserves an 11. I wish I didn't rate any of my other movies as a 10 because this deserves a score above all others. It's so original, like nothing I've ever experienced before. It's like an adult themed fairy tale, a cross between Bridge to Terabithia and Martyrs. The symbolism and themes throughout spark deep reflection and thought. There are some rather disturbing scenes but they are so creative, so artistic. See this and you will not be underwhelmed. Just keep an open mind or you will be completely freaked out and might want to stop watching, don't press that <more>
Definitely a slight departure for Aja and Radcliffe. (by Hellmant)
'HORNS': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five Dark fantasy thriller flick based on the cult book, of the same name, by Joe Hill. It was directed by Alexandre Aja who's well known for directing and writing other horror films like 'HIGH TENSION', 'THE HILLS HAVE EYES' and 'PIRANHA 3D' and written by first-time feature film writer Keith Bunin. Daniel Radcliffe stars in the movie replacing Shia LaBeouf, who was first cast in the film as a young man who gains special paranormal abilities when he wakes up, one hungover morning, to find horns growing out of his <more>
head. He uses his newfound abilities to solve his girlfriend's murder, who he's suspected of killing. The film also stars Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan and Heather Graham. I found it to be bizarrely interesting and oddly entertaining.Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish; a young lover who awakens, one drunken morning, to find out that his girlfriend, Merrin Williams Temple , has been brutally raped and murdered. Although almost everyone in town thinks Ig killed Merrin, including his own parents, he's found innocent of the charges, a year later. While living the life of a hated alcoholic outcast he wakes up, another hungover morning, to find out he has horns growing out of his head and special demonic abilities. He then uses his new powers to influence the locals, into telling him their deepest and darkest secrets, and becomes obsessed with finding Merrin's true killer.While the film isn't as graphically violent as Aja's more gruesome horror flicks it is still a pretty dark and twisted movie, with a pretty consistently sick sense of humor. In some ways it reminds me of earlier Tim Burton and Sam Raimi flicks. It's got some cool visual effects and Aja does a great job of bringing the mythical world he's created to life. Radcliffe is also great in the lead although LaBeouf probably would have been better and it's great to see him continuously grow and diversify as an actor. I found the whole thing to be pretty amusing and strangely intriguing. If you like dark fantasy films, like this, you might really enjoy it. It's definitely a slight departure for Aja and Radcliffe.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://youtu.be/hS02wz4z3uU
A pleasant balanced mix of mystery, horror, romance, and comedy genre // instagram: moviesmaniax (by moviesmaniax)
An uneven yet highly entertaining film with a pleasant balanced mix of mystery, horror, romance, and comedy genre. While the film may seems quite a bit too stretch out but it's still really engaging to watch thanks to a strong performance as well as being darkly funny the whole way through and ends with lots of heart, and sorry to be cliché' here but yes, this is still a better love story than Twilight. There are not so many GORY scenes here but once it happens, it's pretty gleefully gruesome in the style of director Alexandre Aja. As the film is consistently funny, the SCARE <more>
here probably comes from the creepiness of Daniel's look and his strong performance. Overall, this is one hell of a FUN ride that succeeds in delivering you laugh, thrill, surprise, and heart all in one place >>A-<<
He's finally got rid of Potter's Shadow..... (by FlashCallahan)
The adaptation of Joe Hill's novel surrounding a young man who grows horns overnight, which aid in helping him discover the killer of his girlfriend....Not only that, they appear to bring out 'the beast' in everyone who comes near him....It's another film where I haven't read the original source, and to be fair, it just seemed like Radcliffe was desperate to rid himself of Potter. And Aja hasn't made a decent film in eight years, so truth be told, my expectations were not very high for this.And I have a massive phobia of snakes......But wow, is this one of the biggest <more>
surprises of the year, and all the advertising for the movie, and it being released for Halloween is just stupid of the studio, it's not a horror film in the slightest, its a fantasy movie, almost as if Rob Zombie has discovered a young adult novel and given it his own twist.It's really surprising how much this movie resembles Gone Girl, from the disappearance and accusations of the townsfolk, right down to the narrative. Just like Gone Girl, the narrative starts at a separate time to the actual story, and copes with it just as good as Fincher's movie.But it's wonderfully funny too, when Ig first gets his horns, he goes to the doctors, and much like Willis in Unbreakable, he can read people's thoughts, and this can leads to some really laugh out loud moments, as well as some heartfelt moments too.As the summary says, this is Radcliffes film, and here he's finally gotten rid of that Shadow he's had since 2001, and in my opinion, this is his finest role, this is the role that will define him as a leading actor, he's brilliant as the tortured Ig.Juno Temple is as good as always, and David Morse is fantastic as the grieving father. If you haven't read the book, or seen any of the trailers, my advice is see it without knowing too much, because there is a wonderful, very somber twist to the film, which will make you realise why I think its wrong that the studio have classed it as a horror movie.Its a film about breaking taboo, seeing people's true colours, and falling from grace.Its a sensational love story, and one of the best films to be released in 2014.
Very Good And VERY Original (by HorrorOverEverything)
I'm a sucker for originality and for movies that try do something different. I get sick and tired of seeing the same thing over and over again and wish more filmmakers would take a chance instead doing the same old things. "Horns" is probably one of the most original movies I have ever seen and I loved that about it. It combines so many different movie genres into one fun, crazy, heart felt story that unfortunately is not going to be for everyone.Right off the bat I could tell I was going to enjoy this. It starts off as what looks to be your run of the mill thriller flick then <more>
quickly spirals into some incredibly out there. Once the Horns are introduced things just take a shift into the bizarre, and I loved that. There are some truly hilarious and insane scenes. The film does a nice job of being cleverly light and rather dark at the same time.The acting was excellent. Daniel Ratcliffe does a great job of being American, it was weird to hear him without the accent at first but he does such a good job that I eventually completely forgot that he was even British. The rest of the supporting cast did a great job, all the characters were extremely interesting and well written so that may have had something to do with it.Overall I really enjoyed this. It definitely isn't for everybody and has a pretty long run time of 2 hours so I could see people getting bored with it if it isn't exactly there thing. But if you want to see something that you haven't seen before, something that tries to be original but not too overly artsy, something with heart then I suggest giving this a try.8/10
Great Fantasy/Horror/Drama/Romance/Thriller (by gregsrants)
A few years back, I wrote that the future of horror films rests on the shoulders of three filmmakers James Wan, Ti West and Eli Roth. While all three of these celebrity directors are still very much still the names expected to scare and thrill us for years to come, there is one other name that simply cannot be ignored Alexandre Aja. Aja first came to our attention with High Tension 2003 , a brilliant and bloody horror film that alienated audiences due to its surprise ending. The twist aside, High Tension was an intense and wonderful ride and Aja was able to leverage the interest in the <more>
French language horror film into a gig behind the camera for The Hills Have Eyes remake in 2006. Aja's next horror film, Mirrors starring Keifer Sutherland was a bit of a letdown, but he came back strong with 2010's Piranha and then stayed away from the directing chair and pounded out the screenplay for the still underrated Maniac 2013 which is one of those hidden gems that no everyone has caught onto just yet. Aja's latest is Horns, a horror, thriller, fantasy that was adapted from the Joe Hill book of the same name. In Horns, Daniel Radcliffe The Woman in Black plays Ig Perrish, a young man in a small town who is madly in love with the woman of his dreams named Merrin Juno Temple . Merrin and Ig met as young kids and their love seemed unflinching. But when Merrin is murdered, Ig becomes accused in the court of public opinion and the townspeople show disfavor to Ig in all directions harassing and condemning him for an act that he has yet to be convicted. Ig professes his innocence. He was drunk the night of Merrin's death and cannot recall the events of the evening. But he is convinced that his love for Merrin would never allow his instincts to result in a brutal slaying. The next morning, Ig awakens with mysterious horns growing from his temples. Considering the town already considers him the devil, the horns would be an incredible inconvenience except for their seeming power they have over people which reveal their inner most and darkest secrets when the horns are in their presence. This too comes at an inconvenience. Ig learns that his mother wants him to leave and that his father thinks him guilty. But Ig is also able to use the horn's power to get answers from people around town in his own attempt to piece together the events of Merrin's last evening. As the hours pass, the horns atop Ig's heads become more pronounced and the Satan symbolism continues with inclusions of snakes, pitchforks and even a burned body before the movie hits its climax. For director Alexandre Aja best known for his horror and over the top violence, Horns is definitely a departure. But that doesn't mean that Aja can't infuse what he does best into the very involving love story. There are a few scenes of violence and nudity throughout Horns that will ensure the younger Harry Potter Fan Club will be refused entrance at the local movie theatre Horns will be rated R . Daniel Radcliffe was daring casting, but he has proved in The Woman in Black and now with Horns that he is going to be able to leave the boy wizard behind and we didn't think for one second that the man who beat Voldomort was the same person we were watching on screen. Surprising many of us who screened the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Horns was an exceptional film that we keep our fingers crossed that the multiple dabbles in different genres will not deter or confuse the audience that this film richly deserves. Not only is it one of the best we have seen at the Festival this year, but it is also one of more original films we have seen in a while and fully expect Horns to end up in our Top 15 films of the year once the books are closed.
Daniel Radcliffe says that he's done with Harry Potter. Consider this film as adding boldface, underlining, and an exclamation mark to this claim.If I had the option of watching any new movie with a Colorado audience, it would be this one. With a little help, you can see it as adhering to this storyline: "Boy wizard decides to give the muggle life a try in the Pacific Northwest, only to learn that it isn't so easy leaving the supernatural behind."I saw it at last year's TIFF, with Radcliffe, director Alaxandre Aja, co-star Juno Temple and writer Joe Hill present, and it <more>
went over really well with a less-than-optimal audience. I lamented to program director Collin Geddes after the show that it should have been presented as part of his beloved "Midnight Madness" program – it definitely would have been a slam dunk success in this category I saw the winning entry and this movie was WAY better and 100% appropriate rather than just a festival side note. How to describe it? Think of it as a very engaging R-rated Halloween-season movie that successfully meshes several genres, murder-mystery being the leitmotif. Writer Hill explained that he doesn't like to limit one of his works to a single genre. It has a great comic hook in that the horns bring out the worst in people -- which means a lot of great opportunities for a talented supporting cast. My only cavil was a minor one with the pacing -- and this could very well have been corrected in the current version, considering the time they've had. How does Daniel give the R.I.P. to Potter? I'll cut right to the chase: He smokes, he drinks, he swears, he f___s. Some of his adult scenes practically BEG for a Colorado viewing. Just imagine you're seeing Harry Potter contemplating a BJ offer from Heather Graham "Gee, I dunno ... what do YOU think, Ron?" . I hope that they've been holding this back for a Halloween release. That would mean an opportunity to screen it again at TIFF, this time in the right program – which could give it a publicity boost that it definitely deserves. To those in the know: This one rates a Snob-A, in that it passes the litmus test: I have to see it again.