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.
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.
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…
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.
Our team was pretty evenly split on this gritty supernatural noir, a film that brings plenty to the table - both good and bad. Here's our Two Cents.
Well, that was creepy as hell.
I'm off to sacrifice a chicken and eat some boiled eggs.
Psychological horror films are quite hard to pull off, but Angel; Heart on the other hand is a stunning achievement, a film that is so haunting, dark atmosphere and has a great cast of actors and a well thought out storyline. The horror steadily builds up, the way a good horror should, and here we have a picture that really does stand out among other similar films. . If you enjoy psychological horror films, Angel Heart is one of the finest that I have seen. The story is exceptionally well told, the direction is top notch and the acting is precise, immaculate and memorable. Alan Parker is a fine filmmaker and captures something wonderful here; wonderful, yet eerie, terrifying and…
Düsterer beklemmender Film, perfekt inszeniert.
Ah, the days when Mickey Rourke was a human.
Angel Heart is a seriously creepy movie.
A modern horror that is ahead of its time.
Versatile director Alan Parker has crafted a quite stunning thriller. It's a throwback to the classic noir of the 1930's and 1940's, with a rather straight up detective story. Although it's a story that holds your attention from the first minute to the last. Mainly due to the quite extraordinary performance from Mickey Rourke.
This is also a masterclass in mood building. Every scene contains a brooding evil hovering over what we are seeing. Cinematographer Michael Seresin floods the scenes with deep reds, the blackest blacks, and the thickest shadow. Judged purely on its visuals Angel Heart is a hugely memorable and full on…
The effects of this movie are similar to the way the plot unfolds, with an insidious nature, wrapping its fingers around you until you can't look away and you're finally forced to confront it.
I still am riding the buzz that this one leaves with you and I immediately want to watch it again but I realize you just have to let this flow through your system and process it.
The way they dress Rourke as the plot unfolds is a thing of beauty. He's in that two-sizes-too-big suit, like a man that doesn't fit in, and while the plot progresses, so do his sweat glands. The perspiration oozes out of him and you can feel it on your own skin. The heat keeps coming and suffocation envelopes you all the way to the point where you think it can't end but it does with a heavy heart and caustic acceptance.
Themes of psychological horror and hand-to-heart voodoo compliment this, Alan 'The Wall' Parker's (Mississippi Burning, 1988 and Midnight Express, 1978') grand achievement with a nerve-rattling end. That and 'The Motorcycle Boy' going up against 'Deer Hunter' makes this one of the most celebrated cult films of all time.
I will simply ask those who have not watched this film to watch 'Iron Man II (which most of may have seen), 2010' and then the brilliant 'Barfly, 1987'. This is to get you ready for the storm that brews in one of the sequences where Harry Angel (Rourke) and Louis Cyphre (De Niro) go mano-a-mano, without any directorial restraints.
You witness the scene degenerate into full-blown breakdown and probably the best…
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