4 Intelligent and Scary Treat for Horror FansReliantRobin | 01/06/2010 | See all ReliantRobin's reviews (13)In a time when the major studios seem content with churning out needless (and often shoddy) remakes of horror classics, Phillip Ridley's latest wildly imaginative offering comes as an unexpected scary treat for genre fans. Heartless centres on Jamie, a troubled young photographer, who feels deeply insecure about the port-wine birth mark down one side of his face and spends much of his time avoiding others and snapping nearby derelict locations. Some creepy visions convince him that the vicious gang responsible for a spate of heinous crimes on his estate are actually demons, concealing their identity beneath hoods. When Jamie's beloved mother becomes the latest victim, he is determined to uncover the truth and exact revenge. The movie becomes increasingly strange from the point when Jim is summoned by the mysterious Papa D and signs a pact promising the one thing that he most wants in life - clear skin - in return for fulfilling one seemingly straighforward task. Heartless will undoubtably not be for all tastes. While early scenes depicting a dysfunctional East End family might not be out of place in a Mike Leigh film, Heartless rapidly takes a turn into bizarre David Lynch / Cronenberg territory. Beautifully shot and performed by a cast of familiar British faces(including a cameo from the ever wonderful Eddie Marsan), this unremittingly dark fairy tale provides some effective jolts and striking imagery.