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Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »
- Brian Brooks
"Are you horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's (by all accounts) quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin and Yang across a spread blanket in the leafy Washington State forest, their own little eden. They kiss while the camera looks on from heaven only to have it then quickly drill down into the ground to look up from Hell as we learn that, shortly after their playful kiss, Merrin is murdered and Iggy is kind of the chief suspect. David Bowie's "Heroes" plays on a turntable before it is physically impeded to produce that ominously Slllooooww deep sound that only vinyl can produce....
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This year, the cinematic landscape is suffering from a staggering lack of scary movie product. Instead of the usual "Paranormal Activity" installment, we've got a limp haunted board-game movie in "Ouija" and a tenth anniversary re-release of the first "Saw" movie (a film that inspired countless sequels, another staple of Halloween that has evaporated by thinly mixed fake blood). But fear not! There is one late-entry scary movie, opening on Halloween day no less -- French filmmaker Alexandre Aja's "Horns."
Based on a novel by Joe Hill (whose daddy, it should be noted, is Stephen King), "Horns" stars Daniel Radcliffe as a man who, after a night of hard drinking, wakes up to find a pair of devilish knobs poking out from his forehead. What's more -- those horns cause people around him to confess their deepest fears, something which should be especially helpful since he is trying desperately »
- Jonny Black
This weekend, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an obsessive crime journalist in the Dan Gilroy thriller "Nightcrawler," the gruesome horror favorite "Saw" is getting re-released in theaters for its 10th anniversary, and Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Richard Jenkins star in HBO's new miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" about a placid New England town that is actually wrought with illicit affairs, crime, and tragedy.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Horns" stars Daniel Radcliffe as the prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple) who awakes one morning with magical horns growing from his head. In "Before I Go to Sleep," Christine (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day with no memory of her past as the result of a traumatic accident forcing her to question everyone around her (Colin Firth, Mark Strong) after new terrifying truths emerge. "The Great Invisible" is a documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 as »
- Jonny Black
There’s a lot going on and a number of varied supporting characters in Horns, Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel, but the person the story hinges on isn’t even alive as it begins. She’s Merrin Williams, murdered girlfriend of protagonist Ig Perrish, played by the luminous Juno Temple; Fangoria got the chance to speak […] »
- Michael Gingold
★★★☆☆ Daniel Radcliffe takes another unexpected step in his capricious metamorphosis, transforming from iconic boy-wizard Harry Potter, to a man-turned-devil in Alexandre Aja's uneven adaptation of Joe Hill's fantasy novel Horns (2013). Falsely accused of raping and murdering his childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple), Ig (Radcliffe) is outlawed by his friends and family, sinking into a hazy slumber. After a night of particularly heavy drinking, Ig awakens to discover two horns protruding from his temples. This monstrous development throws Ig off course at first, as these peculiar appendages unwillingly expose him to the unspoken thoughts of others - from his doctor's drug addiction to his parents' hatred of him. »
- CineVue UK
Directed by Alexandre Aja.
Ig Perrish wakes up after a night of heavy drinking to find himself a suspect in his girlfriend’s murder…
Here’s a film which wants to be all things to all audiences but in doing so harms the initial good work laid out by wishing to catering to everyone yet ultimately satisfying no one. Why some films cannot stand by their convictions would be a puzzle if it were not glaringly obvious they are after every last dollar they can find. They’ll say it’s a horror! It’s a comedy! It’s a thriller! It’s a whodunit! But they never tell you the truth; it’s a mess.
Horns starts off deceivingly well and treats the audience to a concept we’ve not seen »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Keith Bunin
Daniel Radcliffe could not be doing more to dispel his Harry Potter image that so many movie fans still hold onto. From ages 12 to 22 Radcliffe personified the beloved children’s book character, but he’s moving on. He’s played beat icon Allen Ginsberg, he’s played a cynical romanticist, and he’s played a terrorized attorney. Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns, is truly the cherry on top of the typecast-busting sundae because no one will be thinking about Potter when they see this.
Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, a local DJ who has been with the love of his life Merrin (Juno Temple) since they met in elementary school. The couple has a screaming match after she dumps him publicly. When she appears, raped and dismembered under the tree that both she and Ig loved it is »
- Colin Biggs
Daniel Radcliffe continues to make genuinely interesting and left field choices in his post-Potter career, and that's to be celebrated even if his latest project, Horns, finds him miscast and adrift within a magical realist universe that never settles on a tone.
Ig (Radcliffe) and Merrin (Juno Temple) are childhood sweethearts, sharing the kind of storybook romance that feels predestined for a messy end. When she's found murdered at the root of a tree the pair played in as children, all the evidence points to Ig. Everyone in town is treating him like he's the devil incarnate, even before he wakes up with an actual pair of horns growing out of his forehead.
The central conceit in Horns, which is adapted from Joe Hill's 2010 novel of the same name, »
He’s walked us through a world of witchcraft and wizardry, made moviegoers believe in the Woman in Black of the Eel Marsh House and now Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no trouble selling himself as a guy with horns growing out of his head in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, Horns. Radcliffe leads as Ig Perrish. Ig is all ready to live happily ever after with his longtime girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), but then she turns up dead and he’s named the prime suspect. Complicating matters further, Ig also wakes up with horns comings out of his head. Horns is already available on VOD, but in honor of the film’s very appropriate October 31st theatrical release, I got the chance to sit down with Radcliffe to discuss the challenges of grounding such an out-of-this-world situation, what it was like working with Aja, his »
- Perri Nemiroff
That.s pretty much what he does while playing Ig, a young man accused of murdering his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) who starts growing horns and affecting those around him to reveal their darkest secrets. As the horns grow, Ig is able to use his newfound powers (and the numerous large snakes that follow him around) to try to learn the truth about what happened to Merrin. »
That's pretty much what he does while playing Ig, a young man accused of murdering his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) who starts growing horns and affecting those around him to reveal their darkest secrets. As the horns grow, Ig is able to use his newfound powers (and the numerous large snakes that follow him around) to try to learn the truth about what happened to Merrin.
Earlier this week, ShockTillYouDrop.com had a chance to talk with Radcliffe about his second foray into horror following 2012's The Woman in Black, as well as getting some idea what to expect from his turn as Igor in next October's Victor Frankenstein.
- Edward Douglas
Ignatius Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) loved Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). Well, that or he killed her. She was found dead at the base of the tree fort they used since they were kids, and all of the circumstantial evidence points in Ig’s direction. The townspeople picket and heckle his home, the local TV reporters harass him for a self-incriminating scoop and Merrin’s dad publicly asks for his execution. Hell, not even Ig’s own parents are all that convinced of his innocence. But when he wakes up one morning with horns growing from his forehead Ig discovers the devilish deformity comes packed with a useful side effect. People are seemingly compelled to confess their darkest (or dark-ish anyway) thoughts and ask his permission to act upon them. With no other options, he sets out in search of the truth as he wades through a town filled with lies, sexual secrets and truly shitty people. Horns »
- Rob Hunter
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare Ya-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive. It's a biblically tinged, eye-for-an-eye vengeance thriller about an emo boyfriend named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) whose childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple) has been murdered underneath the treehouse where they wooed. The folks in his Washington State town are convinced he's guilty, as are the crews of the news vans that centipede behind him as he tries, futilely, to escape without making things worse by, say, peeing on her memorial candles. He's not much for self-control or acting innocent. “You think I'm capable of murder?” he snarls. “Just put me in a room with the guy who really killed her.” Easy the »
Editor’s note: Friend of Icons of Fright, author Derek Botelho tackled this review of Alexandre Aja’s film adaption of the Joe Hill novel, Horns for us. Short but to the point, here is Derek’s review:
Upon reading Joe Hill’s novel Horns I recall thinking how difficult it would be to adapt into a movie. Like his father, Stephen King, it seems everything Hill writes is optioned to be turned into a film, whether it materializes is another story. Alexandre Aja’s Horns is the first of Hill’s novels to be made into a movie (a few of his stories have been made into short films) and thankfully it’s a good one!
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is a twenty something employee at a radio station who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. To make matters worse, he wakes up one morning growing horns out of his head. »
- Jerry Smith
Juno Temple stars in Alexandre Aja's new fantasy horror Horns as the angelic girlfriend of Daniel Radcliffe's increasingly devilish Ig, whose death is the driving force behind the film's strange, dark flights of fancy.
Digital Spy caught up with Temple last week to discuss the challenges of playing "a memory" in Horns, her too-little-seen performance in Sebastián Silva's Magic Magic, and her formative experiences with 2014's two buzziest leading men, Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew McConaughey.
What appealed to you about playing Merrin?
The script was such a page-turner, and the people attached to it were so cool - I think Dan is making such interesting and brilliant and brave choices right now, and delivering incredible performances. And when I met Alex Aja, he just had such passion for this universe he was going to create, and for Ig and Merrin and their love story, that I was completely enthralled. »
Daniel Radcliffe aims to be simultaneously heartbroken, hilarious and horrifying in Horns because the Alexandre Aja film is arguably quite the hybrid genre: a "tragi-come-horror-dy," according to author Joe Hill. "The challenge with this film was that it's an insane situation all the characters find themselves in," Radcliffe told The Hollywood Reporter at its New York City premiere on Monday night of playing Ig Perrish, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and soon sprouts horns on his forehead and harnesses a new ability to evoke the unspeakable truths out of those he
- Ashley Lee
Daniel Radcliffe stars in Horns, a nightmarish tale adapted from Joe Hill’s book of same name. One of the immediate changes to the film from page to screen has a deep impact on the story, and it is the transition of Radcliffe’s character – Ig Perrish – from being a student to a professional DJ.
As a result the soundtrack deeply mirrors both Ig’s past and his actions within the film.
One of the very first scenes, in fact, is scored by David Bowie’s iconic track, “Heroes”. Ig picks the LP out of a wall full of record spines, drops the needle and is immediately transported back to the life he enjoyed with his since-murdered girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).
The rest of the musical cues for the first half of the film are familiar, if not slightly clichéd choices. “Heroes” is 36 years old and one of Bowie’s best loved tracks, »
- Shane McNeil
Horns Radius/TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Alexandre Aja Screenplay: Keith Bunin, based on Joe Hill’s novel Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, James Remar Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/9/14 Opens: October 31, 2014 “Horns,” or, “The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe” is targeted toward the same audience that made blockbusters of the “Twilight” series. At least that’s what two critics have said. I’m not in that group and would have to disagree, in that older adults should be just as involved in the goings-on in what starts as a romance [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Maybe you’re not ready to see The Boy Who Lived as a devil who may or may not have killed his girlfriend, butDaniel Radcliffe sure is.
In his newest movie -- which plays Cineplex theatres for a one-night only event on October 27th -- Radcliffe trades in his lightning bolt scar for a pair of horns for the adaptation of Joe Hill’s best-selling novel Horns. Radcliffe plays Ig, a twenty-something who wakes up one morning with a hangover, a dead girlfriend, horns growing out of his head, and a sudden power that compels people to tell him their secrets. That’s a lot to take in before breakfast.
Directed by the infamous horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension), Radcliffe joins Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe) for a whodunit that’s simultaneously humorous, thrilling, and heart-wrenching.
We sat down with Daniel Radcliffe »
- Sasha James
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