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Horns Blu-ray Review

Horns Blu-ray

“Horns” wastes an intriguing premise.

After a young woman (Merrin) is found murdered, her boyfriend Ig is considered to be the prime suspect (even though he is entirely innocent). Amidst all of the suspicions and scrutiny, Ig wakes up one day and discovers horns on his head. Stranger still, he learns that the horns give him the ability to have people reveal their dark secrets. With this newfound power, Ig sets out to find out who really killed his girlfriend.

Based on author Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, “Horns” is a frustrating and largely unsatisfying horror tale that never takes full advantage of the curious ideas presented. Screenwriter Keith Bunin does the best he can with the adaptation, but the problem stems from Hill’s original story. Hill (the son of literary legend Stephen King) has proven to be a respected writer in his own  having penned fantastic works such as the comic book series “Locke and Key,” but with “Horns,” it feels as if he’s following too closely in his father’s footsteps. Between the flashbacks to the main characters’ childhood and the black comedy story, it’s all a bit too Stephen King esque. More than that, however, “Horns” just falls flat. Not only is the tone all over the place, but the overblown ending feels out of sorts with the rest of the movie.

On the plus side, there are two elements that make “Horns” watchable. First of all, veteran horror director Alexandre Aja offers up his trademark visual style. Even though the film itself may be all over the map, Aja makes it all look visually appealing. Last, but not least, Daniel Radcliffe turns out to be the highlight of the film as he sheds his Harry Potter persona for a much darker character. He really gets to flex his acting muscles here and he even pulls out a respectable American accent to boot!

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The striking cinematography really shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue, music, and sound f/x sound sharp to this reviewer.

The only extras include a “Snowpiercer” trailer and a featurette titled “The Making of Horns” which contains behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the story, novel, and film.

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December 29, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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