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…
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.
Mickey Rourke is a schlubby PI with a phobia of chickens, Robert De Niro is the subtly named Louis Cyphre and Lisa Bonet is the daughter of a jello loving OB/GYN. At the end a fat gut explains everything and a demon eyed baby points at Mickey Rourke. Pretty good.
This is a movie that seems very easy to sum up and dismiss as nothing but the sum of its plot pieces as soon as the movie is over. Trying to think of a way to adequately describe it has put me in exactly that mindset. But that's not the whole picture. Because it's not just the story of a private eye hired to find a man that may have sold his soul to the devil. What makes it special, as is often the case, is in the details.
In this way, it reminds me a lot of "Body Heat". That was a great movie that was much more than a run of the mill, neo-noir. You can feel the…
Angel Heart is a horror film that is in no hurry to reveal itself, instead it masquerades as a cleverly contrived thriller with a mysterious and sinister agenda. A thriller with underlying hard-boiled detective drama and neo-noir elements. Adapted from William Hjortsberg's mystery novel, Falling Angel, Alan Parker stays true to the source material with only minor differences, and the supernatural elements are executed embracingly. With an uncommitted flow, we are deceptively weaved through webs of atmospheric menace. Even in the moments when the pacing becomes erratic and tough to follow - there are numerous moments when it becomes lost in its own mystique - it has that perpetual figure-lurking-in-the-dark feel that will keep you fully engrossed and searching for…
Well damn, that was pretty weird. I'm going to have to watch this again! Strangely I was getting some True Detective vibes from this, although the ending in Angel Heart was definitively supernatural.
Mad saxophone opening, cat and a dog find a dead body, ain't happy about that. Occurred to me that I had no idea what Mickey Rourke looked like pre-2000s. Turns out, pretty good.
De Niro hires PI Rourke to track down some old crooner, very film noir and all that. Got lots of old school Americana and Southern Gothic to it, like that.
Classic PI move of sitting in the shadows, waiting until the home owner comes home.
Engaging central mystery, detective stuff mixed with spooky shit. Nice subtle touches alluding to the fact that something ain't right here, a fan spinning backwards for example.
Try figuring out De Niro's character's name, what a tough riddle that was. It wasn't.…
Just don't know what I think of this film. I like the premise, but the execution just doesn't work for me. I blame Mikey Rourke. And maybe a little bit of it is on Lisa Bonet. Yeah, that's it.
But the last shot is shocking.
Slow-burn intensity + on-target Mickey Rourke + creepy Robert DeNiro + Alan Parker. A bit over-heated, but more than half-baked.
A voodoo detective thriller. Bizarre and stylish. Even in his youth Mickey Rourke still looked like a leather sofa taken from a junk yard.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Detective named "Angel" gets presented a mystery to solve from shadowy figure named "Cypher," perhaps there is something more to it??
Includes a thoroughly unpleasant, really over the top disturbing sex/fantasy sequence with near-Shining levels of blood, if that's your thing.
THIS MOVIE WAS CRAZY AS FUCK. THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT.
A creepy and atmospheric psychological thriller that only gets better every time I watch it.
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