In the aftermath of his girlfriends mysterious death, a young man awakens after a night of heavy drinking to find strange horns sprouting from his temples and soon realises they cause people to confess their sins.
This is a film in a category of its own. It’s dark and humorous with clever twists and a few cheesy moments. It’s not for everyone but if you want to see something original, creative and dark, give it a go.
Ig Perish (Daniel Radcliffe) is the main suspect of his girlfriend’s mysterious death. Hated and exiled by everyone in town, even guilty in the eyes of his family, he’s on his own to find out what actually happened to Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) and he’s out for revenge. After a night of heavy drinking, Ig awakes to find horns growing out of his head and it doesn’t take him long to work out the horns are having an interesting effect on the people he meets. They’re making people spout their secrets, confess their sins and act out their desires. Ig, realising what a useful tool the horns can be, decides it’s time to reap some havoc, find out what happened to Merrin and lose a lot of people along the way.
I have mixed feelings about this film. On one hand I love it. Original, weird and clever, it’s one of those movies that sucks you in and makes you forget you fancy a drink, or that your arse is numb. The twists and turns it takes keep’s you guessing, although it turns out to be what you knew all along. Horns starts out strong, a good solid footing that slowly starts to get weirder. It chucks in a few brilliant secrets and a scene that, for the romantics, will probably make you cry. Daniel Radcliffe takes centre stage and blows away any image you may have of Harry Potter, he even delivers an impressive American accent. Juno Temple give an excellent performance, believable and beautiful, she really adds character to the film.
Unfortunately, the story starts to lose its way towards the end. It goes from witty and clever to confusing and a bit ridiculous. It makes an attempt to be gory and scary, which it does unsuccessfully. Some scenes actually made me cringe due to their complete lack of necessity and frankly cheap execution.
This is not a film you’ve seen before; this is completely new and original. It deserves a watch just for the stellar performance by Daniel Radcliffe. It delves in to the realms of religion, of good and evil, and leaves you second guessing what you’ve just watched.
Overall this is not a film for everyone, it runs at 2 hours, and if it’s not your thing, I imagine it will be turned off after the first 20 minutes. If you like an original film with a great cast, that’s light and funny but dark and bizarre at the same time give it a go.