Coming Soon: Horns / Theme: Horror / Anticipation Levels: 4.6/5
I first became interested in the genre of horror literature after reading my first Stephen King novel. My mother, a primary school teacher, does not look like one who would boast a large library of King’s greatest works but when she suggested The Gunslinger to me when I was only thirteen, it all started from there.
I became intrigued by his classics, such as It and Needful Things, and also became interested in the genre of horror writing itself. You won’t see me sitting in a movie theatre watching a horror movie without lots of persuasion, but there’s something about a horror novel that I can settle into.
After becoming acquainted with King, my research into him revealed that one of his sons, writing by the pen-name Joe Hill, was a horror writer himself. I knew at once that I needed to get a hold of this son’s work, who had gained success without his father’s help, and I haven’t regretted it.
Hill’s writing is refreshing and unique, much like his father’s, and features such extremes in human behaviour as well as horror. The first novel I read by him was Horns, the tale of Iggy Perrish who is blamed for the death of his girlfriend. On the anniversary of her death, Ig wakes up with a pair of horns on his forehead and finds that they have devilish (yes, I just used that pun) effect on the people around him. It to this day remains my favourite novel by him.
It was around this time last year that I became aware that they were creating a film for Horns and I was filled with pride and happiness for Hill. This would be his first novel to be produced into a film and I’m sure, considering his own father’s reputation, it will be the first of many.
The second cause for excitement about this film is the fact that Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe, will be playing Ig Perrish in this film! His career after Harry Potter has been quite successful with a few movies plus some time on Broadway. I’m excited to see Radcliffe in a horror film role as his performance in The Woman in Black (which I have yet to see) was apparently quite good.
I’m curious for how this film will be portrayed most of all. As I look back at the novel, Hill provided many interesting and odd scenarios in his novel that may be hard to portray in film such as flipping between time periods and metaphorical passages. Hill described in an interview that he thought of Horns as a "tragi-come-horror-edy", which I think probably best describes it. Although full of tragedy and horror, Horns also contained a few laughable moments.
I believe that as long as Hill has gotten say on the filming of this movie, much as his father has done in his own novel-film movies, there is little that could go wrong with this movie. I am quite excited to see Radcliffe and the other cast portray this unique horror novel!
To end this article, here's an image of Hill's first time on screen; a cameo at the beginning of his father's book-film Creepshow.