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The Limehouse Golem

Juan Carlos Medina

Adapted for the screen by Jane Goldman from Peter Ackroyd’s novel, The Limehouse Golem is a deliciously dark Victorian thriller, featuring almost as many plot twists as it does misty London street-corners.

Elizabeth (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Olivia Cooke) is a young music hall comedienne accused of murdering her controlling husband (Sam Reid). Her trial has become a sensation, as has the mysterious serial killer dubbed the ‘Limehouse Golem’ who is terrorising London’s streets. Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy, who replaced the late Alan Rickman in the role) and his trusty sergeant (Daniel Mays) are charged with investigating both cases. The link between the two mysteries seems to lie in the music hall, which is run by the impressive Dan Leno (Douglas Booth). Kildare and company are unprepared for the cast of characters they meet there, including a creepy uncle (Eddie Marsan) and a jealous acrobat (María Valverde). Drawn into Elizabeth’s dark past, our Inspector finds himself on a desperate search for an elusive and mysterious killer.

Director Juan Carlos Medina takes us on a journey into a world of seedy gin palaces, filled with eccentric characters and dimly lit interiors resplendent with flocked wallpaper, velvet and brocades. Cooke gives a spirited performance as a complex woman who could easily be victim or villain, and Nighy is his ever watchable self as the dignified man determined to save her.