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The Limehouse Golem
DIRECTOR Juan Carlos Medina
CAST Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Daniel Mays, Douglas Booth
Bill Nighy stars as a Scotland Yard detective in this Gothic murder mystery set in the music halls and East End streets of late Victorian London.
A Gothic murder mystery set in late Victorian London, adapted by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Kick-Ass) from Peter Ackroyd’s novel. Bill Nighy plays a Scotland Yard detective investigating a series of gruesome murders by a Jack the Ripper style figure. His key lead is music-hall actress Elizabeth (Olivia Cooke). Vividly shot – in particular the Golem’s macabre crime scenes – and lit up further by Goldman’s witty script and the cast’s uniformly terrific performances, it is both a refreshingly feminist take on a classic genre and an immensely satisfying watch.
(2016 UK 109 mins)
The legend of Jack the Ripper still looms heavy, but the spectre of his possible predecessor, an even more violent and capricious murderer active in London’s East End, haunts this entertaining penny dreadful-style thriller. Adapted with a gory flourish by Jane Goldman from Peter Ackroyd’s fictional but wittily fact-based novel, The Limehouse Golem … is a ripe and fun gothic romp, peppered with knowing cameos by true-life characters – Karl Marx even comes under suspicion as Kildare’s investigation grows – and performed with brio by its game-for-a-dare cast, notably Douglas Booth in drag as Dan Leno, the louche and possibly duplicitous music-hall star. Damon Wise, Radio Times
BBFC advice: Contains strong bloody violence, gory images, strong sex and sexual violence
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