Synopsis: Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Philip Ridley
Production: Lionsgate
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

You're gonna f***in' die!

This is the world we live in

Don't let it take you over


Safer to live in a dream

In a dream...

- Jesus!

- Morning, Uncle Jamie.

Lee, how many times

have I got to tell you,

when the red light's on,

that means I'm developing.

This ain't digital,

this is real photography.

- Real photography. Yeah, yeah!

- It is!

- Got enough light in here, Dad?

- Yeah, I'll take the pictures, Lee.

I have done this before,

believe it or not.

Oh my days!

Give her a happy pill!

What's the matter? Let's show a bit

of skin, yeah? It's what she wants!

- I'm not a porn star.

- No?


I'm sorry...

- Yeah, good work, Lee. Very subtle.

- What?

It takes time, you know.

Go and apologise

and bring her back in here.

- All right, bruv?

- All right.

The photoshoot from hell, eh?

A favour for Lee. Don't ask.

This girl wants photos to get into

some modelling agency apparently.

More like a brothel

if that fur coat's anything to go by.

Hey, have a look at these.

Have a look.

She's certainly got something, ain't she?

Picking up some pretty girl, Uncle Jamie?

In your dreams, yeah?

Oi! Get in your car, you.

Oh, Dad, tell Mum I'll be back later.

Gotta deliver the photos.

What? Now?!

She won't wait, Dad.

She waits for no man.

- Want a lift?

- No, I'm all right, Ray.


Yeah, I've gotta get

some shopping for Mum.

See you in the morning.


People will spend a fortune

on their f***ing pets, right? Yeah?

But there are children out there

still starving.

I mean, you tell me

what that's about.

And another thing,

right, these pro-lifers...

Oi, what you doing?!

Where you going, man? What's the point?

I went to school with your brother, man!

F***ing joke.

Yeah, yeah, what does he expect?

I'm gonna go round his mum's house

and go and get the money.

I'll bell you back.

You see that, Jamie? You see that?

Not right, man.

Whole community's gone broken.

- You all right?

- I'm all right.

Let me show you something.


Protection. We all need it, man.

I like you, Jamie.

You're one of the good guys.

You need one?

- No. I'm fine.

- OK, cool.

I got plenty. If you change your mind,

just say so, okay?

I tell you, man.

That world out there...


This is what a skin is all about

It keeps me in and it keeps you out

This is what a skin is all about...

Oi, you f***ing freak!

It's the Phantom of the Opera.

Oh, hello there.

Sounds like trouble again.

Trouble, trouble, nothing but trouble.

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Oh, you live there?

That makes me your new neighbour.

Andy, mates call me AJ.

I'm Jamie...

Ahh... Put Buddha on the books.

Sorry for staring, man.

That was rude of me.

No, it's all right.

Good start, AJ.

That you?

Yeah, it's me!

Careful, love, plate's hot.

You okay, love?


Well, we've got enough of these

to last us a lifetime.

Sorry, Mum. I was miles away.

Well, I've got miles of cling-film now.

Miles and miles.

- Jamie!

- Kettle's on, Mum.

No, no, look at this.

The local community here

is in shock...

following an incident

earlier this evening...

when a man and his son

were both killed...

in an apparently motiveless

and horrific attack.

Molotov cocktails were thrown at them

by a gang of youths wearing hoods.

Father and son were dead by the time

the emergency services arrived.

Well, these kids, this gang, they came out

from nowhere. Sounded like wild animals.

They were throwing

these burning things at them.

And the man and his kid just went up

like that! The screams... Jesus!

Sir, did you see the faces of the gang?

No, no. They were wearing these masks,

these demon masks.

They weren't masks!

They weren't masks,

it's got kids petrified!

- Masks...

- The victims names...

have yet to be released...

but they were believed to've lived here,

Cendrillon house.

Cendrillon house?

That's where your dad grew up.

I feel your dad very close sometimes.

Like he's watching over us. You know?

- It'll be ten years next week.

- Yeah, next Wednesday.

Jamie... Jamie, keep still.

Ah, that'll be a lovely photo.

Have that framed,

put it in the front room, yeah?

How would you like that, eh?

emerges from its cocoon

the beautiful hero,

and spreads its wings like the star it is,

ready for the start of a new life.

I have seen another sky

I have climbed another tree

I have wished another star

Above another starlit scene

Another me lives another life

I've always dreamed

Another me exists somewhere

Why can't I live that life there?

Please, let me be

The other me...

It's from me and Jamie.

I found the negative in that old box

of Dad's, so I printed it out for you.

- And I framed it.

- It's beautiful.

All right, darling, give her yours.

This for your gran, is it, Charlie?

I made it all by myself.

It's a magic wand.

Course it is. Just what I always wanted.

It's beautiful.

You gonna show your Gran

some magic, darling?

- Okay.

- Make me young!

Me, me, me! Make me thin.

What do you want, love?

I dunno...

- This is from me, Gran.

- Oh, you shouldn't.

Oh, it's lovely.

It's real gold.

Thank you.

Where'd you get the money for that?

- Mum says...

- Says what?

She just says you're a bit... distracted.

Well, I'm not. I'm fine.

Hello? What do you want?

Look, if it's the old trouble

coming back...

I'm all right.

Can't you see I'm fine?

You f***ing b*tch!


You must have said something.

There's no way she could've found out.

She will kill me.

I knew you couldn't your mouth shut!

- F***ing Jesus!

- Oi! Language! Remember where you are.

- Gran, I'm sorry.

- Oh, you going?

- I'll see you soon.

- Don't you dare!

No, you f***ing stay there!

Sorry, man.

Me. Friend.

You okay? Yeah?

You know, when I was in a gang...

I'm well out of all that stuff now,

you know, but when I was...

there used to be

dangerous areas...

and there used to be

safe areas, but now...

Now nowhere's safe.

Hey, why don't we turn that

frown of yours upside down, huh?

Why don't you come out with me

for a drink?

Come on, man, you'll be doing me a favour.

For some reason girls think

I'm an ugly bastard.

But if I'm with a hot piece

of chilli stuff like you...

I mean, in a purely platonic way,

you know, then...

Huh? What do you say?

What do you think of my suit, man?

You like it?

- Yeah.

- Cost me a fortune.

So, if I don't get royally

f***ed tonight...

I'm getting a refund!

You know what I'm sayin'?

Was that a laugh?

You got a nice smile, man.

You should use it more often.

Come on, man.

You don't have to sit with these guys.

We'll have a nice little chat, get us

a couple of cocktails, I know a good one.

This one is called a red rondo alla Faust.


That's hot!

It don't work

unless it burns, man!

So, go on, you were telling me

about your dad.

I was a star,

like he told me when I was born right,

that he kissed my face

with so much love in his heart...

That's what left the mark, you know?

That's why it's heart-shaped.

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Philip Ridley

Philip Ridley (born 1964 in East London) is an English storyteller working in a wide range of artistic media. In the visual arts he has been cited as a contemporary to the 'Young British Artists', and had his artwork exhibited internationally.As a novelist he has created fiction for both children and adults, and has had particular success and recognition as a children's author.In the field of cinema he is perhaps best known for his award-winning screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays (1990), a biopic about the Kray twins which was directed by Peter Medak. As a film-maker in his own right he is recognised for creating a loose trilogy of horror films; The Reflecting Skin (1990), The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) and Heartless (2009) for which he has acquired a cult following.As a playwright he has been cited as a pioneer of 'In-yer-face theatre', with his debut play The Pitchfork Disney (1991) considered by many to be a seminal work in the development of the style, with one critic even dubbing it "the key play" of the 1990s. A great number of his plays for adults have been perceived as controversial, being met with both condemnation and high acclaim upon their initial reception. As a writer for the stage he is also recognised for creating an ongoing series of plays for young people (The Storyteller Sequence) and has written theatrical works for children and family audiences.As a songwriter he has created songs for his cinematic and theatrical works, frequently collaborating with composer Nick Bicât. He and Bicât have also formed a music group called Dreamskin Cradle with singer Mary Leay. Ridley has also written songs for composer Anna Meredith, particularly operatic work.Ridley is also a poet, photographer, and performance artist and has written drama for radio.Although Ridley creates stories through a wide range of media he dislikes his work being categorised by the medium in which it is told, often referring to them belonging to each other as "different peaks of the same mountain." more…

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