The Limehouse Golem by Juan Carlos Medina and based on the novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd is a chiller in the Victorian Gothic manner with shades of Grand Guignol. At its heart, it’s about the after effects of childhood trauma, set in a forbidden world. An 1880’s London music hall troupe is spooked by a series of murders in their seedy underbelly of the city. The wicked, morality-busting amusements in the hall make locals forget the gruesome events of the day, but the spectre of murder hangs over them. Bill Nighy is the dedicated detective who won’t rest till he has the monster behind bars. He’s willing to risk his life and reputation and use untested techniques to get to capture the perpetrator. The company carries on entertaining as the bloody messages appear and the bodies pile up. Shocking twists and plenty of ol’ tyme atmosphere make this a blood-curdling delight. Douglas Booth is a magnificent eyeful as the cross-dressing star attraction and Olivia Cooke is adorably Little Nell-ish as the newcomer who’s seen too much.

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