Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Bumpy Transition to Screen for 'Horns'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Bumpy Transition to Screen for 'Horns'

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In "Horns," the biblical references are rife: The Garden of Eden, fallen angels, devil horns, burning in hell.

Daniel Radcliffe, further leaving the orbit of Harry Potter behind, is Ignatius "Ig" Perrish, a disc jockey who falls from grace - and happiness - in his small Northwestern town with the symbolic name of Gideon.

The movie provides a glimpse of his idyllic relationship before a hungover Ig wakes up to protesters outside his window toting signs with inflammatory messages calling him a murderer, condemning him to hell and asking, "How could you?"

He insists he didn't - murder his longtime girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), and leave her body in the woods. "When they looked at me, they saw a devil and maybe I did, too," Ig says in the narration, not long before he starts to look the part by sprouting horns.

A funny thing happens when the horns, more like those of a ram or satyr, appear. They prompt relatives and strangers alike to confess their darkest, most craven impulses and to speak the truth in a way they never would otherwise. The veil of civility and the little white lies or whoppers that allow people to get through the day are gone; even Ig's parents express some hurtful thoughts.

The physical manifestation of evil also prompts Ig to use his newfound powers to try to solve Merrin's murder and it turns him into an avenging fallen angel in the supernatural thriller from director Alexandre Aja ("High Tension," "The Hills Have Eyes," "Mirrors" and "Piranha 3-D"). …

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