Thursday, March 10, 2016

Horns (2013)

Number Rolled: 78
Movie Name/Year: Horns (2013)
Tagline: Love hurts like hell.
Genre: Drama
Length: 119 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: Red Granite Pictures, Mandalay Pictures
Producer: Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joe Gatta, Joe Hill, Joey McFarland, Peter Measroch, Christian Mercuri, Justine Raczkiewicz, Cathy Schulman, Adam C. Stone, Shawn Williamson
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Keith Bunin, Joe Hill
Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, David Morse, Michael Adamthwaite, Nels Lennarson, Don Thompson, Jay Brazeau, Alex Zahara, Kendra Anderson, Christine Willes, Meredith McGeachie, Sarah Boey, Mitchell Kummen, Sabrina Carpenter, Laine MacNeil, Dylan Schmid, Jared Ager-Foster, Erik McNamee

Blurb from Netflix: Accused of murder, Ig Perish wakes up one day to find he’s grown a set of horns – compelling people to confess their sins to him.

Selina’s Point of View:
I can’t even put into words how much I loved this movie.

Logically, I know there were a couple of issues. My degree has to do with forensics and the crime scene mistakes did make me cringe a little bit. There was also some epilogue-type stuff I really would have wanted to know, but I feel like that might have been covered in the book.

Speaking of the book, I bought it and I’ll be reading it soon because, oh my god this movie.

The cast was perfect. Every single actor was on point and believable. The script was witty and intricate. The plot was original and creative. In fact, my ONLY issues were what I’ve already mentioned. Quite frankly, I feel like they didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the film even a little bit.

Horns may very well be one of my favorite movies now. I feel like I would have expected that if I had known the writer of the book, Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Tales from the Darkside, Pop Art), is actually Stephen King’s (Haven, Carrie, The Dead Zone) son.

Some quality fucking parenting right there.

Cat’s Point of View:
I had watched this movie before, and I remember enjoying it the first time around. I’m always up for giving a film another go to refresh my memory for the review – though, it’s a treat when I’ve wanted to watch one again anyway.

This movie is rich with symbolism, both subtle and blatant – without getting in the viewer’s face about it. One doesn’t come away from the film preached at, in spite of the religious elements.

I realized with this watch-through that this was based on a book of the same name, written by Stephen King’s (It, Christine, The Stand) son, Joe Hill (Abraham's Boys, Locke & Key, Tales from the Darkside). Talent definitely seems to run in that family.

This was the first movie that I had seen Daniel Radcliffe (December Boys, Kill Your Darlings, What If) in following his role as that famous lightning-scarred wizard boy. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I felt his pain and frustration and enjoyed his intensity. I will admit it was a little eerie for me at one point when he laughed and I practically saw his earlier role superimposed over this freshly-horned one. All in my head, of course. My dreams will be interesting again tonight, I’d imagine.

As a parting bit of trivia for those that might not recognize the vehicle that Radcliffe drives in the movie – it’s a Gremlin. I had a giggle over that.

If you enjoy a good ‘who done it’ flick with a supernatural twist, I would highly recommend this film.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 49%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score5/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 3/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

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