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"It's a Kingdom of Horror"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 3, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 3, 2010 |

Philip Ridley is an interesting sort of director. He’s an artist, sketches with charcoal, and also writes children’s books. He’s written and directed two films before now, The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, each of which were highly praised and won all manner of awards. After a 15-year hiatus, he returned to directing with Heartless, a modern urban horror film that came out of last summer’s Frightfest with a lot of good word of mouth. It’s got a nice cast too: Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, and even Noel Clarke of “Doctor Who” fame.

The trailer isn’t up anywhere embeddable yet so we’re stuck with a link to the yahoo page where it’s at:


It’s got a delicious mood to it, with a dark and gritty feel like something out of classic Hellblazer or Clive Barker. No slashers hunting yuppie bred teenagers here, we’ve got a kid with a heart shaped birthmark on his face, selling his soul to be healed, while wicked things stalk the nights on the wrong side of the tracks. No sign of ironic humor or self-referential winking, this is horror born of desperation and poverty, of living in hell before the devil shows up.

No plans yet for an American release, but it’s hitting the UK in theaters on May 21st, followed by DVD, Blu-Ray, and video on demand three days later.

Oh, and did I mention that Ridley once had an exhibition of charcoal drawings that included a sketch of a man ejaculating a blackbird? If that doesn’t get him credibility in these parts, I don’t what will.

(source: SlashFilm and Screen Daily)

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