Anchor Bay brings us the supernatural thriller “Horns” to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download. Based on author Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed 2010 book, the movie comes across as a dark comedy blended with a murder mystery set to the backdrop of a YA novel if written by Stephen King or Anne Rice.
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is the number one suspect for the murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hung over from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing from his head. He soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover what happened to his girlfriend and exact revenge on her killer.
On first viewing, it seemed ridiculous that most of everyone’s secret desires and sins were based around sex. It then dawned on me that “Horns” really hit the nail on the head. If you think about it, we are a culture obsessed with sex. The proof is evident in everything from what we watch and read to what we wear. I don’t think it needed to be so graphic in getting that point across to audiences, however.
The murder mystery in “Horns” is handled quite well. You really don’t know who the killer is until they’re revealed. The movie keeps you guessing up to the very moment the audience is let in on the terrible secret. Along the way, we’re led in several different directions to throw us off the scent.
Most Christians will have a hard time with “Horns.” Although the movie ultimately shows a man doing everything he can to redeem himself, it still could be seen as morally ambiguous. Should we embrace the powers of the Devil to do battle against evil? I think not. I do see what the film is trying to say: “You do what you have to do with the hand your dealt.” Ig didn’t make a deal with the Devil to get his demonic powers. He woke up with them.
“Horns” is rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, disturbing violence including a sexual assault, language, and drug use. The rape scene, although not too visual, might be uncomfortable or distressing for some to watch.
Special features for the Blu-ray and DVD editions are rather sparse. Both only include the featurette “The Making of ‘Horns.’” Some commentary from author Joe Hill or Director Alexandre Aja would’ve been nice.
“Horns” will make you forget Daniel Radcliffe ever played Harry Potter. Gone is the sophisticated English accent he’s become known for through the eight magical entries in the film series and his turn in “The Woman in Black.” He’s just as convincing as a tormented American crudely storming through life using any means necessary to find out who killed his girlfriend.
“Horns” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.