Review: “Horns” (book/movie) Joe Hill – Alexandre Aja (Daniel Radcliffe)

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Alexandre Aja, Joe Hill
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PODCAST:

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

S2E1 – Horns (book/movie)*

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 3 Stars “…A fluidly crafted fiction of magical-realism that twists away from common story-telling pitfalls…

Wilk: 3 Stars “…This book Is a bromance gone awry. Almost a three way bromance if you count the protagonists actual brother. The woman operates as a bond girl or whatever you call the women that star in the Transformers movies…

Rick: 4 Stars “The story itself was fairly simple but Hill made it a suspenseful page turner with a narrative that methodically and semi-sequentially spoke through each character’s perspective of the tragic events...

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Horns” by Joe Hill

 

Book: “Horns” by Joe Hill

“Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, “wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell.”” (from Amazon.com)

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“Horns” by Alexandre Aja (Daniel Radcliffe)

 

Movie: “Horns” by Alexandre Aja (Daniel Radcliffe)

“Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend, Ignatius Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with new supernatural powers, he sets out to find the true killer.” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

WILK’S SHOW NOTES:

And once again the three found themselves hunched over a dead dog, each shoveling the entrails into their mouth as fast as they could. That Dead Dog is the American Dream. And, those entrails are the memories of it.

So, we also reviewed “Horns” by Joe Hill. In a change of pace, Wilk (me), did not like this book as much as the other two panelists/clowns. Ryan and Rick both thought it was an excellent book, whereas I thought it was an excellent premise trapped in a mediocre book. As usual, I was right.

To the uninformed person who is reading this article, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. This was touched on as well, but we tried to stay away from it (and we failed, as is the style and overall theme of our show). I could not get past how the main villain kept developing criminal mastermind powers (henchman) as the story evolved.

The movie Horns was not well received by anyone. It stripped a lot of base elements of the story away and replaced them with unneeded tropes that did nothing. It had the scope of the book down, but ultimately the changes it did make to the story did not enhance it.

So, until next time, if you’re going into space run through the sprinkler first because there is no deodorant in outer space!!!!! *

– Wilk

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the podcast, Rick mentioned that there was some connection between the ideas in the novel “Horns” and one of the author’s other books “NOS4A2.” A blogger posted an Inscape map from the latter book which clearly shows “The Treehouse of the Mind” as a place of reference (Rick – you were right!). Check out the map found here in this article on “NOS4A2” by Cassandra Rose at this book review website: http://bibliomantics.com.

Incidentally, Wilk, went on a brief non-sequitur about watching some old interview where actor Tony Danza remarked that he doesn’t prefer to wear deodorant. We found a clip of a scintillating, April 8, 2002, interview that touched on that topic from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Check it out here (at about the one minute mark): http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/vs8woy/tony-danza.

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

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  1. Reblogged this on Ryan Sean O'Reilly and commented:

    New podcast Episode!

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