Harry Angel has been hired to search for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it.
It's only 29 days till Halloween so the only right choice for October's Movie of the Month is one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite horror films - Angel Heart.
It's 1955. Small time New York City gumshoe Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired through a law firm by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro). The case is to locate a man by the name of Johnny Favorite, a popular singer before World War II, who served in the war and supposedly was institutionalized due to his injuries since, although Cyphre has not seen Favorite during that time. As Harry progresses through the case, he doesn't quite trust Cyphre as every step Harry takes leads to people angry about his questions. Johnny's associates are highly populated by those into mysticism and particularly voodoo, which takes Harry to New Orleans. As Harry continues his investigation, one by one, the people he interviews turn up dead. Although Harry isn't sure if he wants to continue with the case, he does so if only to satisfy his own curiosity as to Johnny's whereabouts and why Cyphre wants to find him.
Angel Heart is one of the most underrated movies out there. It features so many great things - Mickey Rourke, back when he was hot and the creepiest performance from Robert De Niro ever, which is by the way his impersonation of Martin Scorsese - Alan Parker claims that his performance as Louis Cypher was so eerie and realistic that he generally avoided him during his scenes, letting him just direct himself. It also has one of the most disturbing 1) egg eating scenes 2) sex scenes and 3) plot twists in the history of horror films.
The movie has two things every great scary movie should have - terrific atmosphere and a whole lot of creepy elements. It's all aided by brilliant editing and sexy and mysterious score. Rourke and De Niro are joined by the always mesmerizing Charlotte Rampling and gorgeous Lisa Bonet, in a performance so hot it got her fired from The Cosby Show.
Read the review of the movie - HERE