Rapid Review: Horns (2013)

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“You killed that poor girl, and now the devil has claimed you.”
– Father Mould

SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7The  level of excitement I had been building for this is madness. I absolutely adored Hill’s book, and I was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe helm the role of Ig, it is something I was sure he was going to rock, and let me just tell you he did! I know I have said it before and I will say it again, but I never, ever liked Radcliffe in Potter. Always found him so wooden and boring. Yet the minute you take him out of that he is just amazing, no two ways about it. He was just perfect to play Ig, and he did a fantastic job embodying everything about the character. It’s like he climbed into the skin of Ig and it was just mesmerising to watch – probably my favourite role of his ever! I think if you have not read the book, you will miss out a lot of the finer things in the film, which is unfortunate. But lucky for me, I read the book, so I really, really enjoyed it and felt that it was well worth the wait. What I do wish, though, is that there was more of Ig’s past shown, especially featuring Lee, so that you could get a more solid feel for his character and the psychology behind him, it would have lent more credence to how everything went down. As someone who read the book, all the little things in between were filled up for me, but I am sure you might have a lot of questions if you haven’t read it. My other half was lost at a few places but righted when I explained it to him, so the film could surely have focused on that some more. There were times that I was annoyed by the changes made, but this is not a simple story to bring to screen. I must say, I had a good few laughs throughout, which is something I didn’t really expect. The acting all round was pretty good, and naturally I was thrilled to see David Morse in here, though he didn’t have a huge role. The character were decently cast. The film was shot beautifully, and I loved the colours and effects thoughout. I adored the soundtrack, too. Just an example: I got goosebumps at the usage of Marilyn Manson’s Personal Jesus in here. I thought that was absolutely perfectly done. Ig getting out that car, to the bar, all that ensues prior to entering – that song just worked. And then, as you think it’s over, Ig leaves, and lo and behold, Personal Jesus just pops up and closes that whole scene out. WOW. That’s all I have to say about that. Alright, so from all of this I am sure that you are able to tell that I loved it and will definitely be watching it again and adding it to my collection. At the end of it all, what I am trying to say, is definitely watch it!