HORNS seems to want to be every kind of movie imaginable: love story, murder mystery, thriller, horror film, allegory (with the emphasis on the word's third and fourth syllables) and more. That it succeeds at not a single one of these may be some kind of record. But, hey, it stars Daniel Radcliffe, who is turning out to be a very brave little actor, and is directed by French slasher-meister Alexandre Aja (shown below, of High Tension), in what has got to be the biggest budget he's yet been allotted. We get vast Pacific Northwest visuals, copious special effects, a game and relatively big-name cast, with the combination providing simultaneous eye candy and brain sedation.
Juno Temple, below, right, and if you're a bigtime Temple fan like me, don't worry: The actress makes beaucoup flashback appearances). So Ig is grieving heavily, and the fact the his entire town is certain that he himself murdered Merrin makes his life particularly crappy.
Max Minghella, below), for instance, seems blind to the curly little cuties.
Kathleen Quinlan, James Remar, and David Morse (excellent!) while giving Kelli Garner the chance to do some very nice acting as the town slut. Or perhaps you'll give over to the genre-jumping silliness of it all and wonder why the filmmaker didn't also include a war film and a soap opera among the genres.
Radius/TWC -- opens today, Friday, October 31, in various cities. Here in NYC, it plays at the Village East and AMC Empire 25; in Los Angeles, look for it at half a dozen theaters around town, some of them Laemmle's. Elsewhere? Yes, it's playing at cities all over the place. Keep looking, or click here, scroll down and put in your own zip code under TICKET AND SHOWTIMES, and see what comes up....