Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) has been accused of the murder of his longtime girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). He denies having any involvement, and is shocked to think that others would believe he is the murderer, especially since the couple were so in love. One morning, Ig wakes up with horns growing out of his head. Although he’s concerned about this strange appearance, others don’t seem bothered, in fact, they start revealing all their deepest desires. Ig finds that he can even convince people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. He realizes that he can finally uncover the mystery behind Merrin’s death, but the cost may be more than he’s prepared for.
With an outstanding performance from Daniel Radcliffe, Horns is easily the most accomplished work from director Alexandre Aja. Mixing the bloody laughter from Piranha, with the insanity of High Tension, Aja creates a world where the unrealistic events become completely believable. The first half of the film is actually quite funny, as various characters begin revealing all their desires to Ig, but things take a dark turn towards the second half, as Ig begins exploring the events of the murder.
The mystery of what happened to Merrin isn’t exactly a mystery. Things seem quite obvious from the beginning, but even knowing who may be at fault, doesn’t let you know what others’ reactions will be. The audience may understand who the real murderer is, but you’ll have no way of knowing just what will become of them. That mystery, added to the transformation for Radcliffe, makes this one to watch.
Is Horns essential TIFF viewing?
Absolutely. At this point, there’s only one screening left, and this is a must see film. Performances from everybody involved are phenomenal, and Alexandre Aja still delivers a few moments of gore, for the fans that are used to that. This is one you have to catch at TIFF.
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