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dark and unsettling blend of detective fiction and dark horror
on 15 August 2016
Angel heart is an 1987 neo noir detective horror film starring Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a private eye from Brooklyn in the 1950s who is hired by Louis Cyphere (Robert De Niro) to locate a mysterious singer named Johnny Favorite, who disappeared in the early ‘40s and hasn't been seen since.
Angel's journey takes him from the streets of New York to jazz clubs in Harlem and, finally, to the sweltering swamps of Louisiana where disturbing acts of sacrifice , worship and voodoo occur.
The film also stars Robert Deniro and Lisa Bonet who give strong performances in unconventional roles not usually associated with them.
From the very beginning of the film the mood is dark and mysterious and it is suggested not everything is as it seems as Angel endures frightening dreams and meets strange characters with a dark presence. The film contains some visually shocking and graphic imagery as well as an infamous scene between lisa bonet and mickey rourke which contains very explicit and gory sex...
Angel heart is an extremely underrated film from the late 80s which blends the detective crime genre with the occult/psychological horror genre and delivers on action , mystery and horrifying the viewer. Recommended to anybody who enjoys horror and detective movies.