director: Alan Parker
Box office: $17,000,000
A typically down-at-heel private dick is contacted by a man who turns out to be the Devil to track down a man who turns out to be himself. If you see what we mean.
Why it shouldn’t have flopped: It's Mickey Rourke's best role with his old face and Alan Parker's heady combo of voodoo, film noir and horror still unsettles. It's one of his best movies and once seen is never forgotten.
Why it probably flopped: Too dark for American audiences? US crowds can be prickly when it comes to religion and Angel Heart doesn't shirk on the black magic. And of course Lucifer wins in the end.
What should have flopped instead: Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives wasn't a big success but deserved to be an even bigger flop.
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