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.
I have yet to see a supernatural noir do as well a job as this one. It contains that "under-the-skin" feeling you get with a disturbing mystery that you want solved as much as the good guy yet also contains that creepy aspect that comes with horror movies that are well-acted. De Niro makes a great Satan and the imagery of a hell on earth mirrored within real-world witchcraft is brilliant. Makes elevators creepy...
Alan Parker's superb detective thriller led by a great Mickey Rourke performance, a fun supporting turn from Robert De Niro and lots of colorful characters stretching his search from 1955 New York to New Orleans. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-terrible-is-wisdom-when-it-brings.html
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.