Horns (2014)



Critic Consensus: Horns is a bit of a tonal jumble, but it offers enough thoughtful horror-comedy -- and strong work from Daniel Radcliffe -- to hook genre enthusiasts.

Movie Info

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter" films), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, some graphic nudity, disturbing violence including a sexual assault, language and drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Keith Bunin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2015


as Ignatius Perrish

as Merrin Williams

as Lee Tourneau

as Terry Perrish

as Derrick Perrish

as Glenna Shepherd

as Lydia Perrish

as Dale Williams

as Wallace Sturtz

as Al O'Hara

as Father Mould

as Dr. Renald

as Nurse Delilah

as Receptionist

as Mary, Young Mother

as Little Girl

as Golf Pro

as TV Reporter

as Radio Reporter

as Protester

as Mrs. Tourneau

as E.R. Doctor

as Diner Manager

as Stan, the Barfly

as Unemployed Barfly

as Exhibitionist Barfly

as Antique Store Owner

as Terry's Bass Player

as Terry's Jazz Quintet

as Terry's Jazz Quintet

as Terry's Jazz Quintet

as Ig Perrish at 13

as Merrin Williams at 1...

as Glenna Shepherd at 1...

as Lee Tourneau at 13

as Terry Perrish at 15

as Foster-Terry Perrish...

as Eric Hannity at 15
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Critic Reviews for Horns

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (31)

It seems to have been made by people who couldn't decide if their film was a horror flick, a whodunit, or a Hellboy knockoff.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

At nearly two hours, "Horns" is about 30 minutes longer than it needs to be. But it's doubtful even a shorter version would cure what ails this film. Maybe you have to be tripped out on LSD to appreciate it.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

Draws out a heretofore unseen compassion in Aja, who dials the grue way down and focuses on the terrific cast he's hired.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

There are times when you will want to look away from the horrors shown on the screen but it will be hard to wipe the smile off your face.

Full Review… | March 6, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

Horns appears to be of the persuasion that everybody is a liar and inherently evil, and it's a disappointingly one-note approach to a premise that could use a lighter touch.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Consequence of Sound

Daniel Radcliffe gives an absolutely incredible performance that Horns doesn't really seem to fully appreciate. But the ludicrous ending derails the film from what was otherwise a gripping mystery thriller.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015

Audience Reviews for Horns


Based on the book by Joe Hill, "Horns" explores the dynamic between good and evil in very theatrical terms. For one thing, Daniel Radcliffe's character Ig is a stereotypically broken, alcoholic, trashed young man, who is trying to come to grips with the death of his girlfriend, as well as an entire town thinking he was the one who killed her. Steeped in the huge mountains of Washington state, and the lore of heaven and hell, this story follows Joe's investigation into finding Merrin's (Temple) real killer.

Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/new-blog-1/2015/3/26/horns

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Delightful, funny and quirky -- with a mystery to boot. Radcliffe does a good job showing he has range beyond Harry Potter. It's a nice, strange diversion for a slow Saturday night.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


At nearly two hours in length, 'Horns' certainly overstays its welcome and the once risque confessions of people (such as Iggy's dermatologist snorting oxycontin and his mom admitting that she wishes he was no longer her son) eventually lose their pungent sting along the way. Were it not for the gorehound ending (a shotgun blast to a deputy's head is plentifully dropsical), the semi-redundant 'Horns' could be classified as a Grimms Brothers love story and it's quite a poignant one. Iggy and Merrin feel like lovelorn soul mates and it's wrenching to see them torn apart. The childhood flashbacks might provide hindsight but they also feel like padded leftovers from the mischievous high-jinx of That was Then This Is Now. Radcliffe is an absolute chameleon with his American accent and he clearly relishes the devilish aspects of manipulating his enemies to self-mutilate. One brilliant piece of broad satire is when he goads competing news station to pulverize each other for an exclusive interview with him. The Scooby Doo-esque reveal of the killer resulting to two bloodthirsty climaxes that are missing human dimension and the film suddenly grasps at a hokey religious significance with Merrin's crucifix that it never earned. Overall though, 'Horns' is a nonpareil, but ultimately tedious adaptation that might be too comprehensive with Joe Hill's source material since it malingers on for far too long.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

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