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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.



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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 impulses - an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend's tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer. (c) Radius-TWC

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Daniel Radcliffe
as Ignatius Perrish
Juno Temple
as Merrin Williams
Max Minghella
as Lee Tourneau
Joe Anderson (VI)
as Terry Perrish
James Remar
as Derrick Perrish
Kelli Garner
as Glenna Shepherd
Kathleen Quinlan
as Lydia Perrish
David Morse
as Dale Williams
Nels Leonardson
as Wallace Sturtz
Don Thompson
as Al O'Hara
Jay Brazeau
as Father Mould
Alex Zahara
as Dr. Renald
Kendra Anderson
as Nurse Delilah
Christine Willes
as Receptionist
Meredith McGeatchie
as Mary, Young Mother
Sarah Boey
as Little Girl
as Golf Pro
Reese Alexander
as TV Reporter
Desiree Zurowski
as Radio Reporter
Marilyn Norry
as Protester
Nancy Sivak
as Mrs. Tourneau
Cameron McDonald
as E.R. Doctor
John Stewart
as Diner Manager
Dean Wray
as Stan, the Barfly
Graem Beddoes
as Unemployed Barfly
Eric Pollins
as Exhibitionist Barfly
Pesi Daruwalla
as Antique Store Owner
Ryan Clare
as Terry's Bass Player
Richard Mitchell
as Terry's Jazz Quintet
Kieron Rhys Lillo
as Terry's Jazz Quintet
Tyson Sully
as Terry's Jazz Quintet
Mitchell Kummen
as Ig Perrish at 13
Sabrina Carpenter
as Merrin Williams at 13
Laine MacNeil
as Glenna Shepherd at 13
Dylan Schmid
as Lee Tourneau at 13
Jared Ager-Foster
as Terry Perrish at 15
Jared Ager
as Foster-Terry Perrish at 15
Erik McNamee
as Eric Hannity at 15
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Critic Reviews for Horns

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36)

  • You never want to rip into actors. They're a sensitive bunch. They do a job that brutalises the soul at the best of times... And yet I really struggle with Daniel Radcliffe.

    Dec 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 5, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Radcliffe, through his sheer presence and the piercing honesty of those big, blue eyes, makes this mixed-up material watchable.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Horns juggles a lot of balls, and admirably keeps them in the air for longer than you might expect. But it doesn't know how to bring them down gently.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Full Review…
  • We get slithering snakes, rock music, woozy camera angles. And zero sense of danger. Without that ingredient, Horns feels like Harry Potter meets Ken Russell.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are a couple of decent movies somewhere inside "Horns." But here's the real sin - Aja has no idea in hell of what they are.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Horns


An insufferably disjointed and overlong film that has serious trouble defining the rules of its universe and suffers from a messy structure, expository narration, intrusive flashbacks, predictable revelations (when not ridiculously sentimental) and a heap of clichés.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.
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
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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