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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Intense horror-fantasy material. Harry Potter this isn't.

Movie R 2014 120 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Very dark, and strange, but good

So this. This is a movie. It has themes of murder, rape, strong drug usage, a disturbing drug trip scene, torture, and various other things. That said its a rather interesting movie, with some excellent performances

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Based on a novel by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), HORNS feels cramped and cluttered, even at two full hours in length. While a novel might have had more room to explore the story's classical themes of good and evil, the movie can't seem to figure out what it's really about. Ideas are raised, contradicted, and dropped. But these are certainly more potentially interesting than the rudimentary "mystery" that ends up unfolding.

Radcliffe is magnetic here; he's in nearly every scene and is required to give a high-pitched performance, aching and angry. But despite that -- and the fact that there are terrific supporting actors, too, including the always-welcome James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan as Ig's parents, not to mention Temple and David Morse -- none of the characters has much room to develop. Director Alexandre Aja has thus far had an uneven career as a genre director, and he seems to fare better when dealing with lighter material, like Piranha 3D.

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