This being a horror movie news site, I’m assuming we have a fair share of horror literature fans as well. If so, you guys probably understand what a big deal the film adaptation of HORNS is going to be. The Joe Hill novel is a disturbing and funny horror-infused revenge story that explores a lot of deep ideas about love, faith, God and The Devil. With Alexandre Aja signed to direct and Daniel Radcliffe starring, I think many of us wouldn't be above selling our souls to have the film already in theaters.
Now the HORNS pot has been sweetened even more as DEXTER regular James Remar joins the cast. There’s no word on what character he’ll be playing, but I’m guessing it’ll probably be either the father of Radcliffe's character or maybe their small town priest. Both characters, while minor, do get some awesome scenes in the book. Remar, a character actor with the uncanny ability to improve every film he acts in, will certainly have a nice dramatic role to chew on regardless.
Remar joins Radcliffe, Juno Temple, and Max Minghella for the film, which Mandalay Pictures is producing. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, check out the synopsis below (along with a picture of Mrs. Temple looking fittingly lecherous).
HORNS is about a decent enough young man named Ignatius Perrish, a guy who has always tried to do the right thing, only to see his whole life abruptly torn away from him. His girlfriend, the person he loves more than anyone in the world, is killed, and although he’s never charged with the murder, everyone, including his family and friends, believe Ig is responsible. Then one night Ig goes out drunk to rage and curse God, and when he wakes, he discovers he’s grown a pair of horns, and that people have a sudden compulsion to confess their darkest secrets and ugliest impulses to him. It isn’t long before Ig turns his terrible new powers to finding the man who killed his beloved, and taking his revenge.