The Limehouse Golem

6.31 h 48 min2017X-RayNR
With the Limehouse Golem serial killer on the loose and taunting the police with messages written in blood, Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) must rely on help from a troubled witness (Olivia Cooke) to bring the killer to justice.
Juan Carlos Medina
Bill NighyOlivia CookeDouglas Booth
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Daniel MaysEddie Marsan
Stephen WoolleyElizabeth KarlsenJoanna Laurie
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Gaspard DeLeonReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Helluva Good little Brit Mystery Film!
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This was a fabulous little pulpy British murder mystery to me. Although I read some others thought the ending was predictable I disagree and thought it was clever and satisfying enough for me. Very nicely acted byt Nighy and the lead actress. Couldn't ask for more from a nice little flick,. 8/10.
34 people found this helpful
ZariellReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A sinister mystery in a malevolent age
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Amazing. It's been so long since a movie kept me enraptured from start to finish. I am a writer, and it's extremely difficult to surprise me with films or books anymore. However, despite the fact that I predicted the events that would unfold early on into the movie, I was still enthralled by the screenplay, the top-notch acting, the cinematography, and the undeniable skill of the director of this masterpiece. Wonderful film. Worth my money twice over.

It's movies like this -- films that don't give all the answers but keep us guessing on the edge of our seats -- that are so rare these days. "The Limehouse Golem" told a brilliant story. Its characters came to life before my eyes. I felt I was there with them, sharing their pain, their anguish, and their troubles. I lived and I died in this movie.

For those who wish to know more without spoilers:

What this movie is: First and foremost, this film is a mystery tale. But, it is also a tapestry of plots and subplots that continue to twist over each other and keep you wondering. You may have a theory one moment, but in the next, you'll be doubting and wondering if you were right or wrong. The colors, theme, costumes, make-up, and acting are brilliant. You travel through the city, feeling the burdens and horrors of the age, sympathizing with each and every character, the good and the bad.

What this movie isn't: An action story. This movie won't give you easy answers, it isn't always fast paced, and it's not something light to watch over dinner. Be prepared to put on your thinking cap and pay attention because each detail is important. There is not a scene wasted. If you don't want something heavy or something you need to follow closely to enjoy completely, then this is not for you.

I must also emphasize that the rating is given for a reason. This movie is NOT for minors. Many heavy topics addressed aside from gruesome murder such as child abuse, rape, adultery, and a rainbow of other dark injustices.

This film reminded me a lot of "The Prestige". It had the same sort of dark and ominous atmosphere.

Personally, I enjoy dark movies like this, but they are often overdone or running on low budgets that don't give them a chance to flourish. I'm thrilled I discovered this treasure. It's going straight into my collection.
42 people found this helpful
J. MattisonReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
So MUCH subtext...
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Fascinating period piece about the lower class areas of London, a bloody serial killer (pre-Jack the Ripper), Music Halls, the public's continuing demand for salacious details of sensational crimes, sexual mores, domestic dysfunction, the nature of "fame," and so much more. Bill Nighy is wonderful as always as a talented detective besmirched by his own department who nevertheless tries to ferret out the complexities of the "Limehouse Golem" serial killer he's tasked with discovering, and the possible ties to a local Music Hall company. Both real clues and red herrings abound, and even though a careful observer will understand the Who of the possible crimes before the denouement, the Why and WTF will provide food for thought. Even after the explanation is revealed, the story lingers on the other subtexts woven throughout for the observer's "Oh....." Highly recommended.
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Marc CampbellReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
great sets and costumes and the fabulous Bill Nighy in ...
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"The LimeHouse Golem" reminded me of the classic British Hammer films of 1960s and 70s. Gothic atmosphere, great sets and costumes and the fabulous Bill Nighy in the leading roll combine to create an entertaining film that falls shy of being more than just very good. There's a bit too much going on and at times the mood is jumbled. It's worth the price of a rental
18 people found this helpful
Eric WarrenReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
From Heck
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Disjointed, but ultimately satisfying period serial killer piece, highlighted by a solid turn by the always wonderful Bill Nighy. Is Nighy a bit out of place in a quasi-horror flick, along the lines of the Hughes Brothers great "From Hell"? Well, no, if you remember his motion capture suit-chewing role as Davy Jones in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Plot concerns a fictional (?) serial killer in 19th Century London, dubbed by the salacious media as The Limehouse Golem who has gone on a killing spree, and either may already be dead, or may be ready to kill again. What drags the film down is an overly complex, twist-ending-threaded plot, but again, the performances (all around) and the excellent camerawork and production design lift it up to perhaps a bit more than serviceable.
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Andy WaitstillReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 1/2 Stars - All for the Spectacle
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An untalented playwright is found dead in his bed of what appears to be a self-administered poisoning, his writings burned in the fireplace. But suspicion quickly falls on his wife who always prepares his nightly cordial. The scandal is fast buried by the deeds of the Limehouse Golem, a serial killer who strikes boldly for the greatest effect. An inspector with a cloudy reputation is assigned to the case and almost immediately sees the hand of the Golem in the playwright's death. From here, the investigation leads him into the rather cutthroat world of the theatre and the blessings and curses it bestows on those who involve themselves in it. The acting here is sharp and daring. It is, indeed, quite fun watching caution being thrown to the wind. Naturally, it is the weaknesses that disappoint most. The direction, for the most part, is solid but it loses focus at times. As a result, the movie stretches on a little more than it should and loses some of the tension that could have propelled it. And there is some fault in the writing. It muddies the waters like a good mystery/suspense should but then never quite sorts them out. I had to watch the film twice to understand and, for a film in this genre, that should not be necessary. And please do not think of this as a horror: the squalid, vile atmosphere is just not there. That said, I would recommend this movie as a rental. It is enjoyable (for the performances alone, at least) and smart. Just don't expect to find great affection for it.
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JamesReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Adorable Olivia Cooke delivers an admirable performance as Lizzie Cree
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This is a film for fans of suspenseful Victorian horror stories the likes of such yarns as are spun about the infamous Jack the Ripper. If you're a lover of the intellectually stimulating intrigue delivered by BBC murder mysteries, then maybe this movie isn't for you. The movie is as much about societal injustice and the historical plight of women as it is about uncovering a serial murderer. This film is gritty, suggestive and at times gory. It's based upon the novel, Dan Leno & the Limehouse Golem by Peter Akroyd (1994) which I've never read. I can't say whether the creators of the film bothered to read it either. Limehouse was the name of a district in Victorian London populated by impoverished immigrants, prostitutes, predators and apparently music hall performers. A string of slayings grips the public imagination, as the killer has taken to calling himself the "Golem" -after the monster from Hebrew legend. Douglas Booth excels on screen as enigmatic music hall performer Dan Leno. Adorable Olivia Cooke delivers an admirable performance as Lizzie Cree, the wide-eyed "victim" of a world turned vicious. Karl Marx (Henry Goodman) makes a cameo in the tale as well. The movie was well directed and the cast shines. Bill Nighy -always superb- plays Detective John Kildare, assigned by Scotland Yard as a scapegoat to a seemingly unsolvable murder case. If he follows the plans laid forth for him, he is destined to fail and be publicly shamed. What nobody realizes is that Kildare is maverick and that his success is attributable to his persistence, critical thinking, and unorthodox approach.While searching for evidence, he comes upon a possible tie to a seemingly unrelated case -the poisoning of playwright John Cree (Sam Reid). Cree's wife, Lizzie, stands accuse of murdering her husband and Kildare resolves to clear her name by discovering the true identity of the Limehouse Golem. Hold on to your coats - what would any suspenseful thriller be without a last-minute plot twist...?
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Jaime ContrerasReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Taut and dramatic Brit manhunt
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This rather gothic and darl British mystery focuses on a novice murder inspector, Kildare (Bill Nighy) pursuing the serial killer dubbed, 'The Limehouse Golem' who leave stntalizing clues and cryptic messages. This film is intelligent and macabre as the seedy side of mid-19th century London is exposed.Facing a daunting list of suspects, Kildare must seek help from unliikely seedy individuals. This is a great looking and atmospheric gothic tale.
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