Heartless (2009)

Director:  Philip Ridley

Writer: Philip Ridley

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy, Joseph Mawle, & Noel Clarke

Rated: NR

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Heartless is another “hoodie horror” from 2009.  This film is a return to directing for Philip Ridley.  Apparently he had not directed a film in 15 years.   I thought this one was interesting but convoluted at times.  A lot of ideas and concepts are squeezed into the 114 minute runtime.

This one focuses on Jamie who has been outcast from birth because of a heart-shaped birthmark over much of his face.  Jamie sees demons donning hoodies in the streets of London.  His mother passes away and he is forced to care for himself after a life of coddling.  Jamie meets a gentleman named Papa B who makes Jamie’s dream come true….to have his birthmark removed and live a normal life.

Well as expected things do not go as planned.  He is forced to pay back the favor bestowed on him by killing specific people, cutting out their hearts, and placing the on the church steps.  Throughout this whole process he falls in love with a young lady and he seems quite happy.   Jamie is forced to choose between his new found love and providing hearts for the bloodthirsty Papa B.

All in all I would say that this was a very entertaining movie.  The main drawback to me is the CGI demon faces on the hooded kids.  This is absolutely horrible.  Some of the worst I had seen in recent years and it really took me out of the movie.   With that being said I really liked the development of the characters in the film.  You can actually feel Jamie’s pain.  The relationship between him and his deceased father was particularly gut-wrenching.   The heart of the film centers around lessons learned and love lost.   Get ready for many twists and turns along the way.

Recommended for a rental

7/10

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Hey everyone. My name is Jason AKA jaythestingray but you can call me Jay or whatever you want really. Well I will start with a brief history of my love of horror. I am a long time fan of film. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Horror has always been my favorite genre and a big part of my life ever since I was quite young. Even before could watch the movies I enjoyed watching the trailers on television. Some of my favorite movie trailers of that time were ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘The Offspring’. As a young child I was forced to watch “age appropriate” horror. Usually these were the PG and PG-13 films. When I was around 10 years old or so I was able to ride my bike to the local video store and pick up movies on my own. None of the video stores would rent me anything R rated at that age but I found a lot of these films that I also liked. ‘The Gate’, ‘Critters’, and ‘Tremors’ were some of my favorites of these and are still favorites in my collection to this day. Maybe a year or so later I was given the go ahead to rent R rated films and I was like a kid in a candy store (quite literally). Then came the “core” horror films that shaped me into the huge horror nerd I am today. ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Night of the Demons’, ‘Halloween’ & ‘Ghoulies’ were among my favorites when I was a kid. I really miss the video store atmosphere. It was something special that was just an all around fun time for me. Many weekends were spent with 5 VHS rentals for my $5 allowance, friends, and junk food. Those were the days. That is probably the reason why I still love horror so much these days. When the stress of life is bearing down on you, just pop in a cheesy horror flick and you can have that carefree feeling of a being kid again. I remained a big horror fan until the late 1990s when there was not a lot coming out in the genre. I went to college and focused on other things and other genres of film as well. I still watched horror but I did not get pumped up about the genre until probably 2003. There are 3 films I credit for getting me back into horror again: ‘28 Days Later’, ‘Resident Evil’, and the ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remake. All zombie films I know. But after this I started buying all of my old favorites again on DVD. I became active on many horror message boards shortly after. Then I joined youtube and met lots of great people that have enriched my fandom that much more. That is what I love so much about The House of Horror…the people. All of the people that watch and comment and the other members of the HOH crew have all been so great. Thank you to all of you! I am only here to have fun! Thanks to John for starting this whole thing and also a big thanks to Nic for creating the website. I look forward to the future guys! I always love getting recommendations from people so please let me know if there is a particular film you enjoy. Stay tuned for WICKED WEDNESDAY! Jason “jaythestingray”