The Limehouse Golem
Director: Juan Carlos Medina
Cast: Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Maria Valverde, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Mays
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country of Origin: UK 2017 109 mins. (15)
Released by Lionsgate
It's 1880 and a serial killer titled 'Golem,' a monster from Judaic mythology is on the loose in Limehouse. Gory murders with a signature, darkly humorous touch - a severed head on an altar and the limbs artistically placed in a pew, a penis as a book mark in a text of Jewish folklore calls for Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy), brought in as a scapegoat for Scotland Yard and his not-too-bright sidekick, constable George Flood (Daniel Mays). The chief suspects are Karl Marx (Henry Goodman), novelist George Gissing (Morgan Watkins), cross-dressing, music hall legend, Dan Leno (Douglas Booth) and failed playwright John Cree (Sam Reid) who was poisoned after the last murder and whose wife Elizabeth (Olivia Cooke) has been convicted of his murder. Kildaie's convinced Elizabeth's innocent and believes that she holds the key to identifying the killer.
Based on Peter Ackroyd's novel and told in flashback, it's Little Lizzie Cree's story who made top of the music hall bill, rather than super sleuth Inspector John Kildare. The music hall scenes are terrific, Eddie Marsan pops up as a theatre manager who's not all he seems, Douglas Booth's great and of course Bill Nighy is terrific. Only problem is, this Victorian murder mystery has an iffy script, lacks mystery or fear and and tries to be a bit too smart, but it's got Bill Nighy who walks it with consummate ease.