Tuesday, October 27, 2015

31 Days of Halloween - Day 27 - Movie 1

Ig Parish (Daniel Radcliffe) is believed by almost everyone to have murdered his longterm girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). After committing a sacrilegious act in anger over her death, he wakes up the next morning sprouting a pair of horns. The horns also come with the powers of making everyone he encounters feel compelled to tell him their darkest, most private secrets, and allow Ig to be very persuasive. Initially, this makes him feel even more cut off from his community, but he soon sees it as an advantageous tool in finding out the truth about who killed Merrin.

Horns (2013) is a well done, faithful, truncated, adaptation of Joe Hill's novel, and while it can't get as far inside of Ig's head as the novel, Daniel Radcliffe delivers a performance that truly convey's Ig's inner landscape. Everyone in the movie is really good, but Radcliffe really commands the movie.  Ig really remains the only character we can latch onto, since everyone else's revealed inner landscapes are so horrible, but that's okay, because that same thing is isolating Ig from them, too. The movie as a whole is compelling to watch with some really lovely visuals.

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