Horns

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 01/06/2014
Studio: Anchor Bay
Director: Alexandre Aja



The French Splat-Pack director Alexandre Aja has returned to give horror fans a slick adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns.  Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame) is Ig Perrish, an extremely conflicted twenty-something who's currently mourning the loss of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple).  With the entire town accusing Ig of murder, the young man finds himself spiraling into depression and battling a lot of demons.  Unfortunately for Ig those internal demons are about to come to the surface.  After a nice bender the man wakes up with a pair of horns sprouting from his head.



The horns also tend to bring out the worst in people, everyone around Ig starts to exhibit a few very sinful compulsions.  Eventually excepting the horns and his new found power, Ig sets to solve his girlfriends murder.


Horns is definitely a departure for director Alexandre Aja, known for his fast paced spastic-splatter, this film plays more like a dark fantasy than a horror-exploitation flick.  Radcliffe has certainly proven himself over the years and does a great job as the film's haunted protagonist.  The alluring Juno Temple injects romance into the plot and gives viewers somethin' pretty to look at.  Overall I found Horns to be an entertaining trip with enough twists and turns to keep genre fans satisfied.

 Anchor Bay presents Horns with a very solid release.  The PQ is fantastic with bold colors, nice contrast, and decent detail.  Anchor Bay has had a few issues in the past with compression and edge enhancement, thankfully this new release looks great and is devoid of those previous problems.  The audio is on par with the transfer.  Dialogue is always clear and audible, the music is level and the bass is robust.  An all around wonderful looking and sounding presentation.


The Making of Horns (18:48 HD) - A fairly typical 'making of' featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews.  Unfortunately this near-twenty minute featurette is the only supplement on the disc.


While it's a fairly dramatic jump for the director, Horns proves Aja has a lot to offer the genre.  From the intense imagery of High Tension, to a twisted fairy tale like Horns, I look forward to seeing what the french auteur does next.  Horns is a very satisfying film and certainly worthy of checking out.

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