Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell
The man best known for playing the Boy Who Lived has decided to flirt with grisly cinematic death. Radcliffe’s first movie after his eight-film Harry Potter odyssey came to an end with 2011’s Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was The Woman in Black — the first release from the rejuvenated British production company Hammer Films — and the gothic ghost story made a princely $127.8 million worldwide.
This year’s Toronto Film Festival saw the premiere of Horns — an adaptation of Joe Hill’s demonic novel that featured Radcliffe as its, yes, horned protagonist — which was acquired by Dimension-Radius TWC. Early in 2014, Radcliffe will shoot 20th Century Fox’s Frankenstein, in which he’ll play Igor opposite James McAvoy’s mad doctor. Radcliffe, 24, fully admits he isn’t a horror connoisseur — he loves his horror super-cheesy, in the Sharknado vein — but as an actor, he prefers to be associated with what he calls “horror plus.”
“It’s very easy to make a bad horror movie,” says Radcliffe, whose earliest memory of being scared out of his wits was when he saw the Ray Harryhausen-animated skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts. “In the end, you have to give a shit about the people who are in danger. Otherwise, it’s all shocks and jumps and there’s no emotional investment.”
Read THR's complete Masters of Horror list here.