Horns is the first of Joe Hill’s books to make it to a screen of any size, big or small. That’s a big deal because Joe is Stephen King’s son (The Shining is dedicated to him!) and his pops has had plenty of work adapted over the years to varying degrees of quality. Horns is directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes remake), so it probably won’t be as bad as The Langoliers, but it may also fail to reach the heights of Carrie or Christine (it’s underrated!). Only time will tell!

In the meantime, I like the trailer. It reminds me of a low-budget Gone Girl with Daniel Radcliffe no longer defending against the dark arts, but rather embracing them. That’s cool. He already knows how to talk to snakes, so…

I haven’t read the book yet, so I turned to Wikipedia for the Cliff Notes of the synopsis (i.e. the inbred version of information, complete with hereditary hip dysplasia). According to them, Horns is “…the story of Ig Perrish, who—in the aftermath of his girlfriend Merrin Williams’ mysterious rape and murder—awakes one morning to find horns growing from his head and diabolical powers at his command.” Radcliffe will be playing Ig, obviously. The rest of the cast includes Juno Temple (Merrin), James Remar (!), David Morse and Heather Graham to name a few.

Also cool? The poster, which looks like The Daily Prophet! Right?!?!

This comes out on Halloween, which is nice, because Paranormal Activity couldn’t get a sequel in theaters for a second October in a row. Plenty of room for this to scoop up some dough.

horns poster