Angel Heart (1987) – WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?

A new episode of our video series WTF Happened to This Horror Movie? has arrived online, and in this one we’re taking a look back at the 1987 film Angel Heart (watch it HERE), starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. Angel Heart started out with author William Hjortsberg’s determination to get a film adaptation of his 1978 novel Falling Angel into production, and resulted in a film that was given a different title to distance it from the novel. You can hear all about it in the video embedded above.

Written and directed by Alan Parker, Angel Heart has the following synopsis:

Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective contracted by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down the iconic singer Johnny Favorite. However, everybody that Angel questions about Favorite seems to meet a tragic demise. Eventually the trail leads Angel to New Orleans where he learns that Favorite had dabbled in the black arts. As Favorite’s whereabouts and true identity become clear, Angel learns that being hired by Cyphre was not a random choice.

This is what the WTF Happened to This Horror Movie series is all about:

Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster, but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Either way, we have to ask: WTF Happened To This Horror Movie?

The Angel Heart episode of WTF Happened to This Horror Movie was Written by Bryan Wolford, Edited by Victoria Verduzco, Narrated by Jason Hewlett, Produced by Lance Vlcek and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

A few of the previous episodes of the show can be seen below. To see more, head over to our JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel – and subscribe while you’re there!

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About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.