A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Harry Angel has been hired in seach for the truth. Pray he doesn't find it.
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.
Written and directed by British maverick Alan Parker (‘Midnight Express’, ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’, ‘Mississippi Burning’) adapted from the novel ‘Falling Angel’ by William Hjortsberg ‘Angel Heart’ is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled detective film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror.
Very stylish the movie is dripping in atmosphere with shocking imagery, wonderful cinematography and an excellent blues/jazz soundtrack. It is chock full of great highly memorable scenes thanks to a tight script and innovative direction and a career best turn from Mickey Rourke in a breath-taking performance playing the character of a seedy, unpleasant and shabby looking private detective. The ever-brilliant Robert De Niro supports Rourke greatly and when the two are on screen together, it is an awe-inspiring…
Alan Parker is one of Britain's most accomplished directors, but apparently unknown to a lot of our overseas LB'ers. He has missed the odd step or two in a film career than was kicked off by the musical Bugsy Malone back in 1976, but when he's on song he makes appealing films that have straddled many genres. Both Mississippi Burning and The Commitments are five star films that capture both the racial hatred of the Deep South and the jet black comedy of Ireland's working class. He's done it all, and although Angel Heart may rank 4th or 5th in his canon of work, it's still a creepy horror mystery with some uncomfortable scenes and two stand out…
Perfectly paced and with a language, scenario and performances worthy of a good deceitful and dangerous noir, Parker directs a chilling puzzle thriller with scary demonic aspects one year before Mississippi Burning (1988). Set in a 1950s Brooklyn, Mickey Rourke plays private detective Harry Angel, who is hired by a mysterious man, Louis Cyphre, to investigate the whereabouts of Johnny Favorite, supposedly because of a personal debt that he has with Cyphre. The only task of Angel consists in reporting anything he can find about Johnny Favorite, whether he is alive or dead, and if he is alive, where. Things begin to turn nasty and disturbingly ritualistic as Angel's investigation goes deeper.
With an assaulting imagery and an unprecedented genre…
This is one of them films where you appreciate more after seeing it a couple times.
I love Alan Parker's direction with the dark shadows and moody feel. This film is a piece of art.
Mickey Rourke is perfect to play this character and does a good job in doing so. In the late 80's he was a good looking/smooth man, so what on earth happened to you Mickey after 10 years or so.
I have seen this plenty of times through the years and it still never fails.
Wonder if Robert D N and Paul Newman had a competition to see who can eat the most eggs.
At the point where the name Louis Cyphre appears on screen/is said, I just gave up. This is a film that is utterly absurd. I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I am not sure it ever once made any sense at all. It's one of those films that portrays a New Orleans that only exists in the minds of people who've seen it on television, and that's fine as far as it goes. It feels like the actors are at least rolling with it, and the hamminess just adds to the charm more than distract from anything. There's not much to distract from.
There are hints, here and there, of a racial message in the film, but it…
Ever since I joined Letterboxd, I've looked at films differently. Normally I'd see a film based on a director before anything else, but last night I went back to my old ways. Actors used to draw me to the theatre and these actors made me give this one a shot. Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro haven't done a whole lot lately so I thought I should check out this Netflix recommendation.
I've never heard of the director and honestly that's not a bad thing. This film is one part detective story while the other is more supernatural in nature. De Niro's character is very important to the film as part of the mystery that surrounds Rourke. There are subtle hints as to what's going on if you pay attention. A lot of these hints went right over my head during my first watch.
A decent mystery that shows its age, but its still entertaining enough.
Hoop-Tober 2 - Film #8
Here's the thing with Angel Heart, it's a crime drama horror that succeeds greatly in the main categories. It's got an intricate story that has an ending that I found quite chilling, one of Mickey Rourke's best performances and is directed with class and style. It also has Robert De Niro in a short but ultimately memorable role. In short, it's great but that's where I made a mistake. I didn't expect it to be a film that if you watch closely you'd enjoy it more. I thought it was just going to be a normal crime film that has a horror theme. Therefore I didn't fully invest myself into the picture and I found…
I admit I found this to be really boring.Angel Heart a murder noir horror mystery film about a private detective hired to track a man down.He lands in New Orleans and enters a world of voodoo and other dark things.All of which I should enjoy.This movie seems like it should be right up my alley,but I really did not enjoy this.I did enjoy seeing Lisa Bonet doing something totally opposite here though.I guess I would say it was too slow for my tastes.
Man I wish they made more movies like this. Angel Heart is an underrated gem. Great performances, creepy story, an excellent flawed character who isn’t some perfect hero type, and a wild villain. Noir detective horror is a sub-genre i’d love to see explored more.
I'm unsure Mickey Rourke ever got the perfect role as a young man, but he certainly knows how to smoulder here, and he portrays a vulnerability and haplessness that is perfectly suited to Film Noir leading man.
Angel Heart has a hell of a surface. It's Louisiana setting is sticky and putrid and Alan Parker is noiring his tits off, there's vertical bars in nearly every frame. De Niro is delightfully chewing the scenery.
Is it much more than that? Well it has a great idea driving the plot. One that would have been far better served with a touch more intrigue and a few less signposts. The revelation at the end is only news to Rourke's Harry Angel, and that seems like a shame.
Great acting in the spooky noir with great doses of violence and religion. Parker does a terrific job reflecting these different worlds. De Niro seems to be having the fun of his life with his peculiar part.
Harry Angel is a private investigator who is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite.
Although this movie has high production qualities and excellent New Noir photography the plot is as silly as it can get.
A film that has a sex scene with characters who are father and daughter, and a main character who has unwittingly made a very powerful man his enemy? But all this in a film that was released before Oldboy? But that means Oldboy must be a bad film, because it isn't original, right? Nah, just kidding, while Oldboy is better executed if you ask me, Angel Heart is still a good film on its own. The plot of the film revolves around private detective Harry Angel, who is given a job by a Louis Cypher, to find a man named Johnny Favorite. Angel's search leads him through the occult world of New Orleans. I can't say much about William Hjortsberg's…
An excellent mystery weaved in the supernatural. Rourke is wonderful in the lead. Deniro is downright mesmerizing as Louis Cyphre. The movie has great location shoots as well as wonderful costumes and a gritty feel. The movie is a slow burn that reveals the mystery in a fantastic way.
Generally interesting, stylish, and engaging, even if parts of its mystery are obvious and it runs probably 25 minutes longer than it needs to. Rourke is quite good here, as well, though it just makes you wonder what the hell happened since he doesn't look like the same human being anymore. What might his career have been had he not returned to boxing and languished thereafter?
At any rate, this is Parker's film and he enjoyably, effectively piles on the style. The mix of noir and religious fantasia is potent, and while others have attempted similar blends since (Philip Ridley's Heartless comes to mind), this is the best take on it I've seen.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…