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Cold Light of Day

UK 1989
produced by
Richard Driscoll for Creative Artists Pictures
directed by Fhiona-Louise
starring Bob Flag, Martin Byrne-Quinn, Geoffrey Greenhill, Mark Hawkins, Andrew Edmans, Jackie Cox, Bill Merrow, Claire King, Eugene Cheese (as Paul Jay), Deborah Manship, Gary Ewell, Lol Coxhill, Joe Owen, Carlos Downie, Malcolm Rogers, Ken Say, John Baxter, Louis Haslar, Paul McLaine, Steve Munroe, Keith Hamilton Cobb
written by Fhiona-Louise, music by Paul Stuart Davies

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Jorden (Bob Flag) is a pretty uninteresting public servant living in a run-down flat in a building where he's caught between neighbour Julie (Jackie Cox), who sees him as husband material even though he has never shown a hint of interest, and neighbour Albert (Bill Merrow), a senile old man who actually needs around-the-clock care but it seems Jorden is the only one who gives a shit. One evening at a pub, Jorden meets Joe (Martin Byrne-Quinn), an unemployed wannabe artist, and against all odds, the two get along very well - well enough for Jorden to invite Joe to move in at his place as Joe doesn't have a flat of his own. However, their relationship soon deteriorates as it's only Jorden who brings home the money while Joe has countless affairs - which also has to do with Jorden's sexual hang-ups of course. Things really come to a head though when Joe tells Jorden he has found a job - and unexpectedly Jorden's dead set against it. That night, Jorden strangles Joe to death, then spends the night with his corpse in his bed. The next morning he hides Jorden's body under the floorboards, to frequently pull him out again for some company. Thing is, Jorden soon notices he has taken a liking into killing people, so he invites men he meets in pubs, mostly homeless guys, up to his flat frequently, just to strangle them, then cut them up to flush parts of them down the toilets while throwing other parts directly into the sewers and the like. Since his victims are mostly homeless, they're not likely to be missed. But body parts have a nasty habit to clog the plumbing eventually ...

 

Loosely based on the Dennis Nilsen killing spree of late 70s/early 80s London, this movie manages to make its low budget origins its virtue, using the scarce and run-down sets to create an atmosphere of claustrophobia and melancholy - which fits perfectly with Jorden's basic mood -, while also lending a stark sort of realism to the thing mere studio sets simply couldn't provide. And framing the main story with an interrogation of Jorden by a detective (Geoffrey Greenhill) who more and more loses it provides the proper suspense for the story told, making this one a very startling serial killer flick.

 

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