The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

(2016)

Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) is tasked with solving a string of grisly murders in Victorian London. Based on Peter Ackroyd's 1994 novel.... More

Set on the unforgiving, squalid streets of London in 1880, our tale begins in the baroque music hall where the capital’s most renowned performer Dan Leno (Douglas Booth) takes to the stage. He performs a monologue, informing his audience of the ghastly fate of a young woman who had once adorned this very stage, his dear friend Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke); for the songstress is facing up to her forthcoming death by hanging, having been accused of murdering her husband John Cree (Sam Reid). Lizzie’s death seems inevitable, until Detective Inspector John Kildare is assigned to the case of the Limehouse Golem – a nefarious, calculating serial killer, leaving behind barely identifiable corpses – and his distinctive, trademark ‘M’.Hide

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  • A firecracker of a script that zips from scene to scene with cheeky dialogue and a sense of urgency, with a strong feminist undercurrent permeating throughout. Full Review

  • In the end, this gory, manic period piece, based on a 1994 novel by Peter Ackroyd, just about comes together under the ragged direction of Juan Carlos Medina. Full Review

  • Just when you think you never want to see another 1880s London prostitute get stabbed by a mysterious psychopath, along comes a movie like this that puts a nice spin on it. Full Review

  • As busy and artificial as Victorian interior decor at its most excessive, "The Limehouse Golem" is similarly rather too much of a posh good thing. Full Review

  • Marrying fact and fiction, Jane Goldman's seamy screenplay is wildly overstuffed; but the director, Juan Carlos Medina, gives the music hall scenes a rowdy authenticity. Full Review

  • Weird, twisted and deliciously unique, Medina's horror taps a dynamic vein in feminism and Giallo-esque gore. Full Review

  • This classier-than-average shocker leaves you with renewed appreciation of east London as a historical melting-pot. Full Review

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