Everyone has got some ugliness deep down in our souls. It may be a fleeting thought or repressed anger, but good people try to keep it hidden, which isn’t a bad thing. It makes us human, and without that humanity, our brutal honesty shines through. Alexandre Aja‘s Horns tries to explore this inner darkness by weaving together religion, salvation, damnation, and dark secrets, and the movie’s approach, albeit heavy-handed at times, is admirable. There’s not much room for subtlety, but the darkly comedic aspects help balance out the somber tone, and although the plot stumbles across clunky storytelling, it’s a refreshing horror film that conjures up some sympathy for a devil.