Daniel Radcliffe's new dark fantasy film Horns released two new trailers and a poster at SDCC 2014.
Radcliffe, who celebrated his 25th birthday this week, attended his first SDCC to promote the film, which is directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes). The screenplay from Keith Bunin (In Treatment) is based on Joe Hill’s american gothic novel of the same name.
Attendees at the Hall H panel treated Radcliffe to a rousing rendition of the Birthday song, and were, in return, treated to the US premier of the new trailer. Radcliffe was joined by both Aja and HIll.
While Radcliffe has done plenty to shake the bespectacled moniker of his childhood, the trailer really says it all. Grown up and trained by some of the great actors of our time, Radcliffe is above and beyond many of his contemporaries. While the new trailer adds a bit of a MTV tone, the story examines the darkest parts of the human psyche through the trials of the antihero Ignatius. Radcliffe’s performance has already been well received by Joe Hill, who said it was a ”wrenching, vulnerable, emotionally naked performance that isn’t like anything he’s ever done on screen before. He is such a wonderful Ig Perrish.”
His turn as Ignatius “Ig” Perrish, a young man who is wrongly accused of the grisly murder of his beloved girlfriend Merrin Williams, will no doubt change how Radcliffe is seen by much of the audience, who still recognize him as the boy wizard.
Upon waking from a drunken evening he finds himself in a world turned upside down. Ig’s situation is further exacerbated by the demonic horns that have sprouted from his temple and his new found paranormal abilities that reek of the demonic, such as the ability to get those around him to confess their darkest, most primal desires and the fact that fire heals him. Though Ig is neither arrested nor charged for the crime he is said to have committed, he is guilty in the eyes of the sleepy town he calls home.When his community and his family turn against him, Ig must face his new darkness alone to seek out the true killer and exact his own brand of revenge.
While it could easily be passed over as just another teen horror fantasy, the story and casting promise something somewhat more elevated.The film also stars fellow British actress Juno Temple, who appeared most recently in Maleficent as the fairy Thistletwit. Temple plays the ill fated Williams.
The latest trailer gives audiences a sneak peak at the horror that becomes the new normal for Ig, a horror he seems to almost enjoy. Radcliffe’s American accent was in question, though Radcliffe explains he is well practiced in it, “I’ve been giving my action figures American accents since I was 7, so I’ve been practicing for a while.”
What may be harder to get past is seeing a man many have known as a very different character embrace a role that turns their expectations upside down.
The film also stars James Remar (The Warriors), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Max Minghella (The Internship), Joe Anderson (The Grey), David Morse (World War Z), and Kelli Garner (Lars and the Real Girl).
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