Watch or Don’t: Horns

Adapted from the novel by Joe Hill, Horns follows Ig (Daniel Radcliffe), who develops horns after being accused of murdering his fiancee (Juno Temple).

Entertainment Value

  • Daniel Radcliffe has horns, but he’s not as timid as the protagonist in Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Also, people do what he says, and he has some wicked fun with that.
  • A rich back story, complete with kids double-daring each other to slide down a log chute.
  • Enough magical realism to enter us into the story world, but not so much as to make the film irrelevant or distracting.
  • A satisfying ending that I did not expect.

Dark Muse Value

  • Is evil just giving people what they want?
  • Why do we put horns on other people?
  • Where does evil originate?
  • Under what circumstances am I corruptible?

Verdict: WATCH (Amy at The Midnight Society agrees)

Who’s read the book too? How do they compare?

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One thought on “Watch or Don’t: Horns

  1. Sara says:

    I read the book when it first came out (the book not the movie) and spent a year waiting for the movie to actually reach theatres. It was a long wait and I was so happy. The movie is different and one of my favorite parts of the story was changed but not so much that it ruined the experience for me. I, highly, recommend reading the book. Actually, I have not read anything by Joe Hill that I wouldn’t recommend. His style is wonderful and I love how he crafts his stories. I first read Heart Shaped Box and I was hooked. I look for new books by him constantly. I just love them.

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