A very fortunate blend of genres, with elements of film noir, in the way the detective character is introduced in the narrative and its universe romanticized, of thriller, in some plot traps and suspense creation, and in horror, in the theme and atmosphere. But what makes it great is the story. And I will not spoil it for anyone who still has not seen it. Very original and well delivered story. Didn't read the book.
Mickey Rourke goes to hell and you believe it. Roger Ebert described his character as, " a man whose nerve endings are screaming for help." Alan Parker creates a seamy and sinuous atmosphere of darkness and total despair. Like all noir anti-heroes Harold Angel's past is inescapable and consumes him with a lustful and grasping fury. There is no place for him to hide from this film's sweat soaked dance with damnation.
Super dooper Gothic. De Niro gives the campiest, creepiest performance as... and Lisa Bonet is hotter than a Louisiana summer, but the kudos goes to Rourke and Parker in dredging up a dark and grimy morality tale full of jazz riffs, rain and boiling hot gumbo.
Well acted mystery-thriller with a supernaturally bloody razor edge. It’s a shame Mickey Rourke ruined himself, because he really is a very good actor. DeNiro, who is great as expected, gives a performance that is something I haven’t really seen from him before, and is menacing and creepy. The name Louis Cypher is possibly the stupidest use of wordplay in cinema history.