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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 120 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
For Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) a world breaks down: his great love Merrin (Juno Temple) has been brutally murdered. And he of all people is to blame for this, since the two had separated in a diner the day before after a loud argument. A classic motive that even his parents doubt his innocence. Only Ig's brother Terry (Joe Anderson) and his childhood friend Lee (Max Minghella) don't believe that he is capable of such an act. But the only proof of his innocence is destroyed and so it doesn't look good for Ig. But then something incredible happens: he wakes up one morning and finds that horns grow that make him look like a spawn of hell. And even more: these horns seem to make the people around him tell him their darkest secrets. For Ig the obvious curse turns out to be a blessing at the same time. Because now he can search himself for the murderer of Merrin - and maybe save his soul...
French filmmaker Alexandre Aja is known for his films like "High Tension" or "The Hills have Eyes", which are relentlessly bloody, atmospheric and sometimes - as in "Piranha 3D" - a bit weird horror food. Compared to his earlier films, "Horns", the adaptation of a novel by Stephen King's son Joe Hill, is comparatively tame. There are a few rough scenes and some cynical humor, but not without reason this fantasy flick is the first director's work by Aja, who got a release from 16 in Germany. No wonder, as the film takes a lot of time to flash back on the awakening of love between Ig and Merrin and the friendship between Ig, Lee and Terry that has existed since childhood. In these moments, Joe Hill seems to have been inspired by his father's earlier works, as the spirit of "Stand by me" or "Es" is clearly recognizable in the dynamics of this children's clique.
The other part of the film deals with Ig's search for the murderer, which mutates into exposing the hypocrisy of an American small-town idyll. At times, the movie takes on almost satirical proportions, which are very good to watch. The bitter humor is a lot of fun and it becomes all too clear at many moments that the movie could have taken a bit more of this. For the premise of the story tends, if the staging takes itself a little too seriously, quickly to involuntary comedy. If this is used in a targeted manner, however, the entertainment value clearly profits from it.
What this unusual horror story can score with is, on the one hand, the atmosphere achieved by the visual language, which is absolutely thrilling. On the other hand, the cast can also leave a positive impression. Daniel Radcliffe once again plays successfully against his "Harry Potter" image and cuts a really good figure with or without horns. The other actors are somewhat pushed into the background, but especially towards the end Max Minghella and Joe Anderson are allowed to do more than just good extra work.
"Horns" is entertaining, a bit weird and quite original. But just because the story is so absurd, you just expect a bit more - especially from a director like Alexandre Aja. Thus, in the end a positive impression remains, but this is also accompanied by a little bit of disappointment. Nevertheless it is still enough for one: Worth seeing!
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