RADiUS TWC (Man of Tai Chi, Fed Up) made an unexpectedly large splash when it jumped into the San Diego Comic-Con pool for the first time this year. In no small part, that was thanks to the footage it showed from Horns, the upcoming film adaptation of best-seller Joe Hill’s 2010 novel that was directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) and stars Daniel Radcliffe in a role that is easily the Harry Potter star’s darkest and most adult to date.
Horns, as adapted for film by screenwriter Keith Bunin (In Treatment), casts Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, a young man who becomes a social outcast after he is accused of having raped and murdered his girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) by the residents of his home town. A year later, Ig begins to sprout devilish horns that not only allows him to encourage people to embrace their most terrible desires – they also incite the people around him to confess their worst secrets, at last giving Ig the weapon he needs to track down Merrin’s killer.
The U.S. Horns trailer quite effectively highlights both the supernatural horror aspects and dark comedy elements of the film. By comparison, the newly-released UK trailer (see above) is more po-faced and serious on the whole, as it flashes back to warmly-lit scenes of Ig and Merrin together in love and contrasts those sequences with disturbing moments in the present – emphasizing that Ig’s new abilities are very much a doubled-edge sword. Both previews do a bang-up job of selling this adaptation of Hill’s genre-blending book nonetheless.
Aja’s previous horror offerings, as either a writer/director or writer/producer (see: Maniac, for the latter), rarely fail to be quite twisted and genuinely disturbing on the surface, yet they do have a tendency to lack the psychological depth that the best horror movies have to offer. However, having Hill’s acclaimed source material to draw from – in combination with Bunin’s experience with scripting non-genre fare that delivers complex human drama – could give Aja what he needs to reach a new artistic high with the Horns adaptation.
Rounding out the cast of Horns are such folk as Heather Graham (The Hangover Part III), Max Minghella (The Social Network), James Remar (Dexter), Kelli Garner (Lars and the Real Girl), and David Morse (Treme), among others.
Horns arrives in theaters in both the UK and U.S. on October 31st, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies