The Horror Honeys: Daniel Radcliffe is Horny and I Like It!

Daniel Radcliffe is Horny and I Like It!

A Supernatural Honey Pre-Release Review by Suzanne

Horns (2014)

I am somewhat enamored of Joe Hill. Not just because he's the son of Stephen King, but because he's a great author in his own right. I may not love him equally, but Hill is still early in his career. Horns is Hill's 3rd novel, but the first I read. I was hooked from the first chapter and it is one of my favorite books of the last 5 years. Needless to say, I was both excited and apprehensive about a film version. 

I had the good fortune of seeing Horns in July, well in advance of its Halloween release date. It's been torture to keep my feelings about this film to myself. Now that the release date is upon us, not only do I get to share my thoughts, I want to see it again.

Horns is the story of Ig Parrish (Daniel Radcliffe), an underachiever from a successful family, who somehow managed to land a really amazing girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After Merrin is mysteriously murdered, the only suspect is Ig, even though there is no real evidence against him. Trying desperately to clear his name, Ig falls into a deep depression and, during a drunken episode, desecrates Merrin's memorial. The next morning, Ig wakes to find horns sprouting from his forehead.

Ig discovers the horns have a certain power over those who encounter them. They are compelled to tell their deepest, darkest secrets and are susceptible to Ig's suggestions, getting the townspeople to turn on each other until the truth of Merrin's death is revealed.

At it's core, Horns is a story about first love, true love, a love that transcends death. Simple? Hardly.

Ig and Merrin have been together since childhood. No one really understands their connection or how Merrin would be with someone so obviously beneath her. Ultimately, as Ig looks toward their future, Merrin has other ideas, which is the catalyst for Ig's ordeal. 

Daniel Radcliffe would not have been my first choice to star and not because I watched him grow up as Harry Potter. The fact is, he's actually too good-looking, although some might disagree, to be imagined as the awkward Ig. However, Radcliffe continues to prove that there is more to him and he's a rather multidimensional actor. 


There is solid acting by a great supporting cast. James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan were fantastic as Ig's parents, and the always stellar David Morse was Merrin's grieving father. The only real issue I had with casting was that of Juno Temple. Merrin is supposed to be this beautiful young woman who every man, young and old, seems to be infatuated with, a girl that is seriously out of Ig's league. However, Temple doesn't really deliver in that department, as she isn't particularly lovely or sweet. Even in the intimate moments between Merrin and Ig, she's rather bland. Fortunately, she isn't in it all that much.

Because Hill wrote the screenplay, it's pretty faithful to the source material. Unfortunately, if you've ever read Hill's work, you know he has a very similar writing style to his father, which means many interwoven story lines. Horns is no exception so there are large chunks removed for time and simplicity, but it does leave you wanting something more, something to fill in those gaps. In particular, a very important character is portrayed much differently in the book. That change alters the story and resolution tremendously and, as a fan of the book, I missed it. 

Despite the plot issues, Alexandre Aja does a decent job directing this complicated story. It doesn't rely on cheap tricks and jump scares to deliver. It's original, graphic, sad, and moving, with moments of humor. Still, with all of the good things about this movie, I'm not entirely sure it will be appealing to the mainstream audience. 

Supernatural Honey Rating: 3.5 horny devils out of 5