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Review: Horns

Daniel Radcliffe's new supernatural thriller has Hannah Caton yelling at the screen.

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Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, David Morse
Running time: 123 minutes

Firstly, I should put out a disclaimer that my friend and I were the only people in the cinema watching the new self-proclaimed ‘horror’ by Alexandre Aja. The downside of this was it we missed the communal atmosphere of a cinema – the plus side was that we could yell at the screen. That in itself speaks volumes about public apathy towards ‘Horns’. 

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one morning to find he has two problems. The first is that he has a killer hangover. The second, that his girlfriend (Juno Temple) has been killed and he is prime suspect in the murder investigation. Quickly and totally normally, horns then begin growing from his head and things just get weirder from there. He possesses powers which cause all the people he comes into contact with to confess their deepest, darkest sins: a rather useful tool, and he soon comes to the conclusion that God has tasked him with finding the real killer. He seems to be some kind of high ranking demon….although this is never really explained.

After taking a while to try and process why any intelligent omniscient deity would follow this course of action, my hope is that the book this film was based on can shed some light on the whole thing. I didn’t read it I’ll admit, so I’ll never know.

Daniel Radcliffe is, as usual, a good actor. But like many I've spoken to, I found it hard to look past the awkward American accent. It may be just because I know he's English and it seems strange, but it could also be that it's simply not very good.

Juno Temple played her role convincingly and emotively - perhaps with a little too much slow and unnerving dancing - but overall, you utterly believe in and empathise with her character, Merrin. The film really hinges on her good performance, considering it is essentially all about her effect on men. The supporting actors were all a varying degree of okay too. But the grieving father seems to cope rather well with the fact that the man who he believes murdered his daughter starts to grow horns and can't die. Perversely, it actually seems to make him like Ig more.

In summary, Horns is a film to enjoy for a bit of escape, but it leaves you with more questions than answers by the time the credits roll up - and not in a good way. 

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