Take Me Somewhere Else
I stumbled onto the talent of Joe Hill a few years back when I found his first graphic novel “Locke & Key: Welcome To Lovecraft“. Since then, there have been many more graphic novels in the Locke & Key series, as well as “The Cape” series. It wasn’t until the third or fourth graphic novel when I released that Joe Hill had the similar writing style of Stephen King. I even said that this Joe Hill guy was the new Stephen King of the new millennium. Well, as it turns out, Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrum King) IS Stephen King’s son. No wonder they have a similar writing style.
I continued to do the jump to Joe Hill’s novels. “A Heartshaped Box”, “Horns”, and am now reading “NOS4A2” with “Throttle” (a collaboration with his dad) in que. Imagine my surprise and glee when I saw that “Horns” was actually made into a feature-length film!! Of course, to be honest, I was hoping very hard that it didn’t turn out to have the same undertones of one of Stephen King’s cheesy movies. I love Stephen King’s books, don’t get me wrong. The movies leave a lot to be desired and they have always disappointed me.
Horns didn’t disappoint. At first. The movie (starring Daniel Radcliffe as Iggy Parrish) started out just fine. It was actually going by the book. And I know…I know!! I hate it when someone compares the book to the movie, especially when the movie specifically states, “based on the novel by..” which means the movie isn’t going to follow the book word for word. It WAS nice to see that Daniel Radcliffe (of the Harry Potter fame) can actually step out of his wizard character to be someone else. And have an American accent. That was nice!! Why can’t Americans pass off a British accent as well as the Brits can do American accents? That always perplexes me.
Horns is about young love with a lot of consequences. Iggy (Daniel Radcliffe) is so in love with his childhood sweetheart, Merrin (Juno Temple) but his life takes a complete U-turn from happiness and bliss when Merrin is found murdered and Iggy is being accused of the dirty deed. Even though he was not charged with the murder because the lab doing the DNA testing went up in flames, along with the test results. The town hounds him, reporters follow him wherever he goes, his parents are ashamed of him, Merrin’s Dad wants nothing to do with him, even his own friends think he killed Merrin. Iggy desperately needs to get to the truth of Merrin’s murder before he goes criminally insane.
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After having rebound sex with a familiar bar waitress (played by Kelli Garner), Iggy wakes up from a night of alcohol and sex to find horns beginning to sprout out of his forehead. As the horns continue to grow, Iggy learns that no matter who is around him, they insist on telling him the absolute truth about their deepest, darkest secrets…even when he doesn’t ask them. He finds it really odd at first. But then learns how to use this new confessional system to his advantage. The only one who cannot see the horns on his head is his best friend Lee (played by Max Minghella – another Brit doing an excellent job at an American accent!!).
A little CSI work ensues to find the true killer of Merrin, Iggy’s one true love who he really wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Even in death.
Daniel’s acting was spot on. He did so well playing the troubled, alcoholic, mourning-the-death-of-his-one-true-love Iggy. It was the conclusion of the truth and how it was handled that bothered me a little. I know some things had to be changed a little bit because the movie is only “based” on the novel by Joe Hill. There’s a scene where Iggy gets his angel wings for approximately 24 seconds before they catch on fire and he becomes a true demon. Was that even necessary? I mean…he already had the horns thing going on. Another thing that bothered me was the famous brother, Terry (played by Joe Anderson…ANOTHER Brit successfully pulling off an American accent) over-dosing and was hospitalized, yet was somehow able to assist Iggy in the truth at the end. I saw how many pills this guy shoved down his gullet. He should’ve been dead.
The gore is minimal. And by minimal, I mean there really wasn’t any. Horns is listed under “horror”..but it really isn’t. I sat through it all without covering my eyes at any given point. It was more of a thriller than it was a horror. If you haven’t read the book prior to the movie coming out…you might enjoy this movie. There’s drama, comedy, fuck here and fuck there, there’s boobage, and shotguns being pointed at people all over the place like it is a small town in Florida instead of in the Northwest where people are supposed to be more friendlier and peaceful and smoke pot all day. If you HAVE read the book, you might be a bit disappointed as I was. It IS good to see Joe Hill coming out from under his father’s fame and doing his own thing, though. Horns was two hours of entertainment. It was fun watching Tim try to figure out who the killer really was (even though he figured it out in 20 minutes…I told him “no” just to keep him guessing). Rent the movie for a fun Friday night or Sunday afternoon. There were a few “WOW!!” moments. Tim jumped at least one time through the show. Him jumping made me jump and I smacked him for it. He now has a bruise. If you’re a fan of the King Dynasty…this is one movie you’ll need to watch. The new King-era is coming. Joe Hill now has hold of the reins.