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. A thriller starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro.
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…
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.
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…
A pretty perfect blend of noir and occult horror, with atmosphere and detail to spare. Beautifully shot, with great performances all around, but especially Rourke as the private detective with a secret past. I can't help but wonder if Ed Brubaker saw this or read the novel before writing some of his more recent works.
Could've done without that dumb thing with the kid at the end. Don't worry; you'll know what I mean.
Yeah, I went into this blind. This was some fucked up shit psychological horror. My first dip into the genre and it probably won't be the last, this is a very well played by an unrecognisable, but excellent Mickey Rourke, and a disturbing Robert De Niro.
The story is 95% of the time coherent with elements from noir, horror and mystery, it all comes together pretty damn well. Rourke as Harry Angel is an extremely likable character and De Niro is Cyphre is stunningly interesting in an unusual way. The supporting cast also lends a hand to make this film 4 stars in that they're pretty much all damn good. My favourite was Toots. He was cool, classy and just…
A psychological horror film that masquerades as a neo-noir detective story.
Mickey Rourke's performance is so good that it even challenges his performance in The Wrestler. De Niro (who I watched this for as part of my ongoing project) doesn't appear on-screen as much as I expected (which makes perfect sense), but he still steals every scene he's in as the brilliantly creepy Louis Cyphre. He portrays a level of disturbing that he only tops in Cape Fear. Lisa Bonet appears in her first film role and a definite change from the family-friendly stuff on The Cosby Show.
Alan Parker's direction when combined with the cinematography from Michael Seresin combine to create a bleak and unnerving world. Some of the…
Angel Heart is a mystery film with a horror feel. The whole film pretty much relies on the resolution of the mystery (as most mystery films do), and IMO it failed miserably at that regard. The film to begin with is not very thrilling anyway, but the ending doesn't do anything for me. It has an interesting, but cameo-like performance from De Niro, and some interesting visuals. Other than that Angel Heart is a poor film worth skipping IMO.
A great brooding atmosphere (and soundtrack), wonderful set design and Mickey Rourke has never been better. Still holds up very well.
#67 of Top 100 Best Horror Films
When the first few scenes came up, I rolled my eyes and muttered under my breath, "why is this on a top horror films list?". I still ask the same question. There are loads more horror movies scarier than this I wasn't really surprised by the "twist" I think everyone saw it the first time Bob De Niro was onscreen. It was excellently acted though, nothing but the best. I love the noir feel to it too with the sound and the hardboiled detective, it's a pretty decent film. Just not agreeing on it being #67 on a best of horror list.
A weird balance of shocking just for the sake of it and a screenplay that might be intelligent, but then again, might just be insane. If nothing else, it was fantastically stylish.
A near-perfect movie; it is the best film Alan Parker has made. Mickey Rourke gives a wonderful performance as Harry Angel. It took me a few viewings to fully appreciate the intricacy of the plot which I think is beautifully structured but quite dense.
Borderline incomprehensible, but who needs to follow a story when you've got heavy noir style and Lisa Bonet's rack on full display?
A masterpiece. Perfectly cast, gorgeously shot, impeccable period detail, great screenplay from an equally fantastic novel, amazing soundtrack. No criticisms. Essential viewing.
I'm not sure what this movie was going for, apparently many people are fond of this movie, but as far as I can tell it didn't have much of an interesting plot, interesting characters, and the end was a bit predictable and just too weird for my tastes. This movie was just too thin for me.
Mickey Rourke in his prime. Robert De Niro at his devilish best. These are a few of my favorite things.