The feature adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns made its festival debut at Toronto last year, and we know the U.S. rights were picked up not long after, but we're still waiting for word on when we'll see Daniel Radcliffe and his horns on the big screen. While there's still no official word of that yet, stateside, the UK release for the film has been set for October 31, and word is, we might expect a similar timeframe for the U.S. release.
Nerdist caught the Tweet announcing the October 31 release date for Horns in the U.K., after which author Joe Hill followed up with this own Tweets on the subject of the U.S. release, indicating that we might expect it to arrive in theaters "roughly the same time"...
Halloween is typically the season of horror releases, and Horns certainly falls into that category, though I still wish it were a lot sooner, given how long we've been waiting for the movie. Production wrapped on the film in December 2012. The film premiered at TIFF the following Fall, and then Dimension and RADiUS-TWC picked up the U.S. distribution rights, and we've been waiting for word on a release date ever since.
Directed by Alexandre Aja and based on Hill's novel, the story centers on Radcliffe's Ig Perrish, a guy who wakes up one day -- a year after his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) was murdered -- to find he's sprouted a set of horns, which give him the power to cajole people's darkest confessions and desires to him. He eventually seeks to use this dark gift to uncover the truth about Merrin's death, which most people think he's responsible for.
We haven't seen a trailer for the film yet, but this clip was released last Fall...
Hopefully we'll be hearing confirmation of the U.S. premiere date sometime soon. In the meantime, Joe Hill fans might want to check out his blog, as the writer recently did a bit of ranting over the number of trailers he was subjected to during a recent trip to the theater, and the noticeable lack of human beings in much of the imagery. "It’s clear to me that I’m suffering from event fatigue," he admitted. "I am worn out on bigness: on loud movies that come in trilogies of trilogies, each 3 hours long (4 on the director’s cut DVD). But most of all, I just miss when films used to have room in them for people - when a story was something that happened to a character. You know. I’m old, I get nostalgia for the good old days of brainy little character pieces like Die Hard and Minority Report."
He did admit to perking up during one particular trailer:
There was one instant - just one - when I perked up, during the half hour or so I was being clobbered senseless by the shit parade of summer previews. All of a sudden, in the middle of the Godzilla trailer, I heard Bryan Cranston’s voice, cracking with grief, strain, and frustration. I had gooseflesh all over. A whole 3-D CGI city block of skyscrapers can come screaming down in a billion lovingly rendered shreds of debris and it can’t even begin to compete with so much exposed humanity.
I'm wondering which one he saw. Regardless, after watching that Godzilla Extended Look, I'm right there with him.