Johnny branded a pentacle on his chest. Johnny had the idea that he could switch psychic-identities with someone else. Powered by. ", "The transmutation rite. He had a brand-new medical discharge and was out celebrating New Year's Eve. Someone his own age, born under the same sign. ", "Well, he had to have a victim. ", "And that's when your daughter entered the picture. Haunted Legends (2010) edited by Ellen Datlow and ... My Work Is Not Yet Done (2002) by Thomas Ligotti. One of our first casualties. The soldier was bound naked on his back on a rubber mat. I personally loved it. That was the end of the ceremony. Then. Bonet, in her flat monotone, doesn't exactly embody New Orleans. What I remember are the smells and the dancing shadows. Or acting. Angel Heart is a 1987 American neo-noir psychological horror film and an adaptation of William Hjortsberg's 1978 novel Falling Angel.The film was written and directed by Alan Parker, and stars Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling.Harry Angel (Rourke), a New York City private investigator, is hired to solve the disappearance of a man known as Johnny Favorite. The movie may not intend to conflate Satanism and voodoo, but it pretty much does. It was hypnotic. Two different characters manifest yellowy cat's eyes for a moment, seemingly only seen by Harry Angel. But we all know voodoo only works in and around New Orleans. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. This is a masterpiece. It also makes the second half a compendium of locational movie cliches as related to voodoo (or voduon), Southern rednecks, and African-Americans in the South dancing and writhing around voodoo campfires in the bayous. Lord Satan presumably would never know the difference. Alas, the video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (and Weird Al's "Eat It") made this visual bit unusable in a serious. Press J to jump to the feed. Cyphre says that Favorite owes him for helping jump-start his career back in the day, before a war injury left Favorite a catatonic, badly burned mess. He cut it out so fast it was still beating when he wolfed it down. ", "Right. Adapter-director Alan Parker moves the second half of the story from New York to Louisiana because Voodoo! Movie Talk - "Angel Heart"... can someone please explain? And was it true that he slept with his daughter (Lisa Bonet) if I … This thread is archived. ", "Johnny ate his heart. I got that Robert DeNiro was the devil, but not quite sure about the whole why Angel was Johnny and why he was manipulated and all that. The acting is amazing, the cinematography seems like they were going as monochromatic as possible. I think it is a fantastic film and Rourke was a great choice for the character. Oh, well. It involved the transmutation of souls. He'd been stashing money in secret hiding places for some time. Also, what exactly was the ritual supposed to achieve? But Angel Heart has none of the wit or pomp of its earlier antecedents and denies any comfort in the crimes it foretells. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. The maids were told he practiced singing there. It inspires a laugh the first time, a groan the second time -- and really kills the mood of horror. I’m a gay man and Lisa Bonet in that movie still flooded my basement. But it's her lengthy sex scene that caused controversy at the time. ", New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Towards the end of the film, Parker goes with an image (twice!) He drugged him in a bar and took him back to his place. When he finished, he bathed the blade in the altar flame and cut the soldier deeply across each tit. Close • Posted by. Meg sprinkled handfuls of chemicals into the fire, and the flames changed color, green and blue, violet, pink. And as soon as you first see that giant vat of gumbo, you know that Alan Parker is going to drown someone in it. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Given the name of the movie, Angel "Heart" and the Deniro egg scene, we can assume that Fav did consume or somehow use someone's else's heart … That's where the ceremony took place. For more than a decade /R/HORROR … Press J to jump to the feed. This is the explanatory passage from the book, but doesn’t seem to answer my question... "He tried. ", "What good did killing the soldier do him? So it goes. He dipped the dagger into the kid's blood and traced a circle with it on the floor around the body. He had quite a library, and he came across an obscure rite in a manuscript by some Renaissance alchemist. Great story, movie is ok, could have been a lot better though. Blog name lifted from Ramsey Campbell. I didn't follow any of it. An excellent film that builds a genuine atmosphere of menace and c confusion without cheating. r/horror: R/HORROR, known as Dreadit by our subscribers is the premier horror entertainment community on Reddit. Johnny picked him up in the crowd at Times Square. 69% Upvoted. Picture Window theme. Meg insisted we help him. u/Drooch. This movie is phenomenal. There's voodoo in New York in the novel. Not a fan of Mickey Rourke as the lead, probably would have been better with someone else. 15 minutes ago. Johnny had an apartment at the Waldorf where he kept one room empty at all times for ceremonial use. It was the starring point, the last place the soldier remembered before Johnny drugged him. Angel Heart may be better if one hasn't read the novel on which it is based. Meg made sure of that. He may be too pretty, but he's still capable of conveying toughness, horror, and compassion in a convincing fashion. And shooting in Louisiana allows Parker to indulge his fetish for the American South. R/HORROR, known as Dreadit by our subscribers is the premier horror entertainment community on Reddit. Meg assisted him. horror movie in 1983. I put up the cash to bribe the doctor, and we dropped Johnny off at Times Square on New Year's Eve. Does wolfing down Harry’s heart mean that Harry’s soul now resides besides Johnny’s soul in the same body, or does it encase Johnny’s soul so Satan finds it harder to locate? (spoilers) - I just didn't quite get the end. He got shipped overseas before he could pull the switch and what came back couldn't remember its own name let alone a Hebrew incantation. A year had gone by. Johnny found a young soldier just back from North Africa. It was based on a book, which might answer your questions. If you want to watch something that isn't gonna end rosey, this is a good watch. Angel Heart. Maybe he did gain possession of the guy's soul; he still looked like Johnny to me. It's that simple. Really, the entire cast is fine with the exception of Lisa Bonet. The prayers were new to me; I couldn't understand a word. People forgot for about 20 years what a fine actor he was, and that was Rourke's own doing. The visuals and sounds work together to build suspense, and I love it. User account menu • Angel Heart - can someone explain? save hide report. The move to Louisiana also discards one of the book's thematic points (that evil goes on anywhere, in any level of society) and its homage to hardboiled detective films and movies set in New York. Who's keeping score? Alan Parker is not a subtle film-maker. Actually become the essence of the other person. What happened to the soldier? If anything, the amnesia and subsequent belief that he really was Harry was a better disguise than Johnny’s original plan of consciously pretending to be Harry, but Satan still had no trouble locating Johnny. Dark velour curtains covered the windows. If you want to watch something that isn't gonna end rosey, this is a good watch. Under Construction. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. share. There was an incense brazier smoking in each corner, but the smell of burning flesh was much stronger.Meg unsheathed a virgin dagger, one never used before. Trouble was, he didn't cover all the bases. R/HORROR, known as Dreadit by our subscribers is the premier horror entertainment community on Reddit. I have a question about Johnny’s plan (spoilers)... How was Johnny hoping to hide his soul from Satan? Robert De Niro is solid (though wildly overpraised at the time) playing the manipulative, sinister Mr. Cyphre. Horror stories, movies, and comics reviewed. For more than a decade /R/HORROR has been reddit.com's gateway to all things Horror: from movies & TV, to books & games. 9 comments. Great story, movie is ok, could have been a lot better though. A mysterious fellow named Louis Cyphre hires New York private eye Harry Angel to track Favorite down. ", "Sounds like the floorshow at the Copa. Angel reluctantly agrees to the case, but after finding his first lead, a morphine-addicted doctor named Albert Fowler, dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head he tells Cyphre he’s done. The plot works better -- or at least more mysteriously -- than that of the book because, Make no mistake, though -- Rourke is terrific as Harry Angel. Love the dreading tone. Love the dreading tone. Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. I was the witness. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. log in sign up. For more than a decade /R/HORROR has been reddit.com's gateway to all things Horror: from movies & TV, to books & games. that he shouldn't have gone with. A guy gets murdered by being drowned in a giant, boiling vat of gumbo, for God's sake. Johnny blessed it in Hebrew and Greek. One of his best performances ever. Holy fuck. ", "His plan was to drop out of sight when he had the chance and resurface as the soldier. Angel Heart 1987. r/horror. It's Chekhov's gumbo. I had to study this movie in my film class. Not a fan of Mickey Rourke as the lead, probably would have been better with someone else. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. There were more chants and incantations then.