Daniel Radcliffe takes on the lead role of “Horns,” a Halloween horror flick hitting theaters aptly today, October 31. Although it is a limited release, you can watch it in the comfort of your own home on VOD. But if you can see it in the theater, it’ll have a much greater and more impressive impact.
Iggy Perrish (Radcliffe) is madly in love with his childhood sweetheart, Merrin (Juno Temple), but she is brutally murdered and Iggy is the prime suspect. Professing his innocence, with the entire town out to convict him, Iggy must somehow find the truth. That can be a tricky thing, unless you happen to grow a set of horns out of your head.
Iggy’s trust in God and religion is more than wavering. His overt gestures of renouncement, set the ball rolling for him to become the monster that the town already thinks he is. Now, you might think this is going to be one of those classic devil vs. God movies and to some extent you might be right. However, with the narration of Iggy to explain his thoughts and feelings throughout the film, the devil isn’t too far from an angel. It’s certainly a different twist on the Good versus Evil theme!
This film is wickedly funny in just the right ways. It is also a story-line that will bait and hook you, reeling you into the plot as dark and unsavory information is revealed. Have you ever just wanted to blurt something out that truly wasn’t appropriate? Have you had those evil thoughts, but would never admit to anyone you have them? Well, Iggy’s new persona brings out the worst in anyone, but in an enlightening and frequently entertaining way. Think of the new Iggy as a negative therapist. You tell him everything, but that “everything” is all bad.
Yes, there’s blood and gore involved. And of course, there’s sex. And the crucifix to save. And some pretty amazing special effects and make-up. “Horns” covers every possible area possible: humor, religion, homosexuality, drama, violence, parent-child relationships, and sex. If you love to be creeped out, but want to laugh a little while you are, you’re going to enjoy this film.
Radcliffe plays the role as if he has become the angry wizard working for the dark side. He’s grown up and portraying this devilish dude with style. Juno Temple is always an unusually entertaining actress and this role is no different. You always feel like there’s more to her than meets the eye. Heather Graham is also in this film. Her part is very minor, but you’ll love her role! She’s beautiful and hilarious as she chats with Iggy about her involvement in the murder investigation. There’s such reality with what she says in such a mocking, but matter of fact way.
If you can look at this film for what it is and don’t take the religious aspect seriously, you’ll enjoy it. Otherwise, the devil versus God aspect might be offensive. I found it to be creepy, gory, and funny with a good story that entertained me!
Happy Halloween everyone!