Staff Picks: Angel Heart (1987)

For this time’s staff pick, I’m picking Alan Parker’s 1987 moody mystery thriller “Angel Heart”.

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Set in 1955. Harry Angel, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious stranger by the name of Louis Cypher to track down a missing man named Johnny Favorite. However things are tougher than they appear because Johnny doesn’t want to be found, and everyone who knows of him claims that he either died or disappeared without a trace many many years ago.

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Touching on themes of voodoo, film-noir, and the occult, Angel Heart is a dark, dense, and surreal film that is equally creepy and well made. The brilliant direction was done by Alan Parker, who also wrote the extremely well developed and well written screenplay. The cinematography was wonderfully shot, and at times surreal.

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But perhaps best of all was the brilliant performance by Mickey Rourke, who played Harry Angel, giving one of his finest performances. Robert De Niro also gave a fantastic performance, as did Lisa Bonet as the voodoo temptress Epiphany Proudfoot.

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In conclusion, Alan Parker’s atmospheric supernatural occult themed film noir “Angel Heart” is a brilliantly graphic, steamy mystery that’s eerie and sensual in equal measure. Featuring strong performances, a dense, well-developed plot with great dialogue and character development, and some really wonderful plot twists, “Angel Heart” is a must see for mystery fans, noir fans, or fans of the occult.

MY RATING: 9/10.

Thanks for reading!

 

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2 thoughts on “Staff Picks: Angel Heart (1987)

  1. joshua says:

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