Per IMDb: “In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.”
First off, the horns sprung more from his forehead than his temples. Okay, so that’s out of the way. Harry Potter, er, Daniel Radcliffe plays Ignatius “Ig” Perrish who becomes the prime suspect when his girlfriend Merrin (Temple) is raped and murdered. Whilst he awaits his trial and despite his declarations of innocence, he is ostracized and snubbed by the community. The only person that believes him is his childhood friend, Lee (Manghell), who also happens to be his lawyer.
He hides out from paparazzi at him parents’ and brother’s house. At a vigil at the treehouse hangout he Merrin frequented, Ig listens to Merrin’s father profess his belief of Ig being guilty. Afterwards, Ig drinks heavily and wakes up with a pair of horns starting to protrude from his forehead. He goes to the doctor to have them removed and, whilst under anesthesia, we’re shown how he and Merrin first met, including how Lee lost two fingers after a cherry bomb accidentally goes off in his hand. Lee had fixed a necklace and Ig traded that necklace for the cherry. Ig and Merrin bond over the necklace and fall in love.
Ig wakes up and the doctor is spouting out weird and bad truths. It turns out that the horns force people around Ig to tell him their darkest secrets and desires. This includes his parents, his brother, basically everyone. Everyone that is except Lee. Lee doesn’t see the horns and doesn’t believe any of the dark secret mumbo jumbo. Eventually, snakes start following Ig and other supernatural things start happening. To find out what happens with the snakes, the evil truths, what really happened to Merrin and even why Lee couldn’t see the horns, you’ll have to watch the film.
Let me say that as convoluted and far-fetched this description has been, I found the film interesting and entertaining. Was it great? Nah. Did it suck? Nah. The script, loosely-based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill was a little disheveled but still worth a watch. Radcliffe and Temple along with David Morse (best know for his role in the television series House and the film The Green Mile) were the standout actors in the film, which wasn’t surprising. The visuals and cinematography were very intense and right on. I found myself guessing who did what and why and sometimes I was right and sometimes I was wrong. That’s okay. That’s what makes a movie good, I think. The paranormal aspects were, again, far-fetched, but the filmmakers somehow made it plausible.
Rotten Tomatoes has it at only 41% Fresh with an Audience score at a slightly higher 49%. IMDb has it at 6.5 stars out of 10. So, I reiterate, I liked it. If you’re looking for cinematic genius or an eye-opening religious experience in this film, you’re going to be sadly, sadly disappointed. If you go in just to watch something interesting, then this may be for you. It’s touted as a horror-comedy and it delivers enough of that to keep fans of that particular genre at least slightly amused. It was directed by Alexandre Aja. I saw it on Netflix and rate it 3.5 stars.
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“People say you should always do the right thing, but sometimes there is no right thing, and then… well then you just have to pick the sin you can live with.” – Ig Perrish