Never before has a film captivated me as much as Angel Heart. At an early age I started a polygamous relationship with it, marrying three of my favorite things: Mickey Rourke, the Occult and Chicken. My relationship with the latter is really quite simple, each Sunday a chicken is roasted, covered in gravy and consumed with gusto. The former, not so straight forward. I cannot slather Rourke in gravy and lick him all over although heaven knows I have fantasied about it. Nor can I satiate my shadowy curiosity by throwing myself to the dark arts, engage in sex magick and banter with Beelzebub. Since my heart is just too pure and scared for that shit, I am so grateful for dirty, bloody films such as these and the dread that comes with them.
Angel Heart is a American neo-noir psychological horror film and an adaptation of William Hjortsberg 's novel Falling Angel. Angel's investigation takes him to New Orleans , where he becomes embroiled in a series of brutal murders. Following publication of the novel, Hjortsberg began developing a screenplay for a film adaptation, but found that no film studio was willing to produce his script. The project resurfaced in , when producer Elliott Kastner brought the book to Parker's attention. Parker began work on a new script, and in doing so, made several changes from Hjortsberg's novel. Principal photography commenced in March and concluded in June of that year; filming took place on location in New York and New Orleans. Before its release, Angel Heart faced censorship issues from the Motion Picture Association of America for one scene of sexual content.
Remember Me. I was seven years old when Angel Heart was released. I had absolutely no business whatsoever seeing the film at that age, but my stepdad at the time was obsessed with all things film-related, so he would drag me to just about every single movie that hit our local theater, and it just happened to be that was the year I spent hanging out in theaters the most. Even as a kid, I was enthralled by the idea of a film being dangerous and that news piece I saw made me want to see whatever weird, Satanically-inclined film they were billing Angel Heart as. When that weekend came and I did see the film, it instantly became a movie I adored, helping push me into a lifelong obsession with films dealing with the occult, Satan, or just evil in general. I have seen Angel Heart close to times and it has never lost its effect or its charm—not for a single second. Not in a traditional horror sense whatsoever, though. Rourke gives such a brilliant performance, too, one that really shows how tortured and emotional a great character can be without ever overacting. This retrospective is part of our Class of special features celebrating a wide range of genre films that were first released thirty years ago.
The 10 seconds of ''Angel Heart'' that audiences couldn't see in theaters last spring will be available in their homes in September. The 14 feet of film of lovemaking between Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet that Alan Parker was forced to cut in order to get an R rating has been added for the video-cassette version. Parker, who directed and wrote the screenplay for ''Angel Heart,'' an occult detective story that stars Robert De Niro as the Devil and Mickey Rourke as the sleazy investigator who is trapped in his web. The ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America said the combination of sex and violence - both actors were drenched with blood - made the scene too strong for children.