Follow BRWC on Blogarama  |  Feed Shark  |  BRWC: battleroyalewithcheese

Horror Films Rediscovered On The BFI Player

film reviews | movies | features | BRWC Horror Films Rediscovered On The BFI Player

Heartless (dir Philip Ridley, 2009)

The long-awaited third feature from Philip Ridley (following his extraordinary sun-drenched slice of American gothic The Reflecting Skin, and the lesser-known, but equally fascinating backwoods allegory The Passion Of Darkly Noon) saw the London-born filmmaker return to his home turf with a Faustian morality tale set in the East End. Jim Strurgess plays Jamie, a socially awkward teenage outcast born with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, who discovers a gang of demons are plaguing the streets of his hometown. As one would expect from one of horror cinema’s true visual poets, Heartless is a feast for the eyes, steeped in fertile symbolism and menacing atmospherics. But perhaps most memorably, it is a richly empathetic piece of work, which succeeds as much as an unconventional character study as it does an unnerving and eccentric horror film.

<p>Past and future contributors, guest posts, the anonymous and suchlike.</p>