Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho

A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to be falling apart with shady consequences.

  • Released: 2021-10-21
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Diana Rigg, Synnøve Karlsen, Rita Tushingham, Lisa McGrillis, Michael Jibson, Andrew Bicknell, Michael Ajao, Colin Mace, Oliver Phelps, Jessie Mei Li, Lee Byford, Will Rogers, Will Rowlands, Margaret Nolan, Katrina Vasilieva, Kassius Nelson, Georgie Banks, Rebecca Harrod, Sam Parks, Connor Calland, Nick Owenford, Josh Zaré, Adam Sopp, Nina Kumar, Maud Druine, Joakim Skarli, Lati Gbaja, Georgina Frances Hart, Barbara Orti, Richard Price, Paul Riddell, Grace Binford Sheene, Jacob Trup, Morgan Bull, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Berrington, Pauline McLynn, Aimée Cassettari, Alan Mahon, Jacqui-Lee Pryce, James Phelps, Beth Singh, Paul Brightwell, Will Rogers, Terence Frisch, Celeste Dring, Jeanie Wishes, Richard Corgan, Michael Mears, Tom Hartwell, Paul Hamilton, Wayne Cater, Alan Ruscoe, Christopher Carrico, Kent Goldfinch, Ian Harrod, Ian Hartley, Luke Hope, Daniel Maggott, Richard O'Sullivan, Al Roberts, Derek Lea, Al Roberts
  • Director: Edgar Wright
  • omarmazin - 11 January 2023
    Typical but no typical
    You know a movie is good when you don't check your phone the whole time and that's what happened to me with LNIS.

    The movie is pretty to look at . "neon signs are pretty" indeed. You never know where it's going. Is it about mental illness? Is it psychological horror? Is it your typical horror movie? Is it a crime mystery? Well it's all of that. Unlike some other people I liked both halves of the movie. Because the movie was always changing and I never got bored because of that. Every act is different which overcomes the "clicheness" of it. And Edgar Write style, talent and the performance of every one is a big plus too.
  • JamieClaye - 8 January 2023
    Don't waste your time - started well but ended poorly
    Some (mostly) great casting and very clever visual effects could not save this from an empty and insulting ending.

    As many have pointed out, the first half of the film is very entertaining and mysterious but when the train derails in the second half, it's quite the wreck.

    First we're shown that a young girl (Eloise) who is heading off to design school can see her dead mother (magically through mirrors of course). But is that insanity or metaphysical? She hints that her mother died of some mental malady.

    At school, she is immediately rejected by the cool girls. Eloise slowly develops a relationship with one of the few young male leads who is also attending the fashion design school and is also (hard to believe) straight. Did I mention he is black? That felt like a 'check mark' on a progressive achievement list. Not that there's anything wrong with that. He seems like a nice young actor but was one of the weaker characters in the story.

    Because the mean girls are so mean, Eloise moves out of the school dorm, renting a nearby loft. The landlord is a stern but reasonable matron (Diana Rigg).

    Eloise's first night sleeping in the loft is magical and (via her dream?) she finds herself transported back to the 60s where she is both herself watching and Sandie, a young woman with stars in her eyes. This is where many of the very clever visual effects take place as Eloise and Sandie are swapped out on camera and in mirrors. This is why I gave this movie 3 stars.

    Life as/with Sandie seems to be wonderful and magical with Eloise even getting a hickey from her nocturnal adventures. The story starts to get dark as Eloise discovers Sandie has descended into the life of a prostitute that 'evil men' forced her into with the lure of stardom. When Eloise sees/dreams that Sandie gets murdered and she and her new boyfriend take on the task of unmasking the killer.

    I should note, the story takes place in our modern day world, however the technology that we're immersed in makes rare appearances. Eloise does have a smart phone in one scene but instead uses a pay phone to call her grandmother later. NO ONE uses smartphones in any significant manner (not even the mean girls) and later when Eloise is researching the murder she thinks she witnessed, she goes to the public library instead of Google. Maybe if they had established that she rejects smartphones OR had problems with her phone's battery that could justify this contrivance but NO ONE EVER in ANY PUBLIC SCENE is seen using a smartphone. Obviously this is some alternative reality the writer needed to make the story (in their head) work.

    When the macabre events of seeing dead face distorted men increases, the 'train' finally derails and falls into the abyss.

    It was clear Diana Rigg was going to have a key roll but are you ready for this? Turns out she is a serial killer of 20+ men - she hid the bodies in that very loft 60 years ago. She managed to kill them brutally, clean up the mess, hide the bodies under the floorboards, mask the smell, evade any investigations and continue on her day-to-day life, eventually earning enough money to buy the building with the loft. Boy is that a lot to let go of.

    When it is revealed to Eloise that Rigg is Sandie AND the killer, a chase ensues resulting in an ashtray with a lit cigarette falls into a bin with a collection of vinyl records. Suddenly the house is ablaze and dead men rise from every possible cliché location.

    Eloise realizes she chose the wrong loft to rent.

    After chasing Eloise into the loft, Diana Rigg's character realizes she has been found out and accepts her fate to burn to death and Eloise and her boyfriend escape DIAF.

    Not a fitting farewell to Diana Rigg.

    And to add insult to injury, the final scene is a year later - Eloise's fashion show debut. Hideous designs on gender neutral looking models. She sees her happy mom in one mirror and in the final twist, she looks into another mirror and there is Sandie.

    I mean what the eff?

    If you like train wreck endings, this is a good film to study.
  • insomniaandfairydust - 6 January 2023
    A posh and hypnotic Female Rage Movie
    The tension is immaculate, both photography and writing are amazing, in addition to a perfectly emotional soundtrack: the best ingredients for a successful movie.

    Anya Taylor Joy delivers another great performance of her signature: the female rage, a woman loyal to herself and to revenge only, a stunning muse of sorrow, anger and pride.

    Also Eloise's character is extremely well written and portrayed; she's the soft side of a feminine world that aches under the pressure of men's arrogance, which she understands and rejects , but doesn't fear.

    "Last Night In Soho" is a great and horribly human horror story that leaves one question unanswered: is the monster the killer or the victims?

    The only notable flaw can be found in the ending, which completely contradicts and extinguishes the emotional climax built trough the movie, giving a "happy ending" that makes the whole story appear monotonous.
  • dharmawatts - 6 January 2023
    Strong start and somewhat cliche ending
    The start is very strong. Within 30 minutes I was invested. A little past the rising action did I notice the plot start to fall off into a cliche. I did not expect the horror aspect to come on so strong nor so bold, I can't truly say I enjoyed the shift from psychological to gore. I was disappointed they did not give reason behind the ability to see apparitions other than the fact that the lead had schizophrenia. If felt like a cop out. Also, the direction with the mother felt shoe horned and unnecessary. They could of moved the direction to validate the mothers suicide, the leads ability to see spirits and tied it in with location of the climax. In review the script could of had the whole thing come full circle but we are left with loose ends.

    Loose end 1- The mothers suicide 2- The leads ability to see spirits (I do not accept schizophrenia as an excuse unless they validate it rather than shoe horn it in) 3- the room mate??? She just leaves the plot completely?

    4-why was her being a fashion student important? They could of tied it in to the location more, made the studio she worked in perhaps relate to Sandy???

    5-Sandy's Pimp...we don't get an excuse to what happens to him?

    6-The detective...he shows up once in the flashbacks and then becomes the main antagonist just because the lead confused him with the pimp? We should of had a far better dynamic between the characters for him just to go as he did.

    Overall they almost had this. It was so strong, so we'll set, then they juggled the pieces as if they cut an hour from the movie.

    Good for a single watch, will never watch again most likely.
  • BandSAboutMovies - 5 January 2023
    I loved it!
    Director Edgar Wright, who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, said, "Something that I find truly nightmarish - and I guess there's an element where I'm sort of giving a sharp rebuke to myself - is the danger of being overly nostalgic about previous decades. In a way, the film is about romanticizing the past and why it's ... wrong to do that."

    He based this on the stories his parents told him of growing up in the 60s, how their albums made him feel and that his mother said that she was once chased through Soho, which wasn't always very nice. As much as this film feels giallo, it also feels very Pete Walker, which makes this other quote by Wright make sense: "A lot of films of that period are about the darker side of Soho or of show business. You still have to question where they're coming from, because there's a lot of them, which are more the sensationalistic ones, that take this kind of punitive approach to the female characters. There's a lot of movies where it seems that the genre is "Girl comes to London to make it big and is roundly punished for her efforts."" Come on, Edgar, just say the movie you're talking about: Walker's Cool It Carol!

    Then again, it's so giallo that it was originally titled Red Light Area and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. Wright also explained the influence to Rue Morgue by saying, " I've always enjoyed that genre; I've found it really entertaining throughout my life. Probably the first ones I saw as a teenager were The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and then Deep Red. I think Deep Red is actually the best of all of them, in fact. SUSPIRIA is fantastic, but I believe Deep Red is Dario Argento's best movie, maybe because the story is just brilliant. And over the years, I've gone on a deeper and deeper dive of trying to watch all of them. But in a way, with this movie, I was sort of going backwards, being just as inspired by the movies that inspired them. I'd say that the Italian giallo movement is their interpretation of movies by Alfred Hitchcock or Michael Powell, so when writing this, I was more looking back at the inspirations for that movement, some of which are British films."

    Well, it does have a lot of the trappings of giallo, what with the predominate bright red and blue color hues in the more horrific scenes, as well as its stranger in a strange land heroine Eloise "Ellie" Turner (Thomasin McKenzie) who has left behind a small town to study fashion -- not dance, that would be too simple a steal for this story -- in London, the place she has dreamed of and also where her mother lost her grasp on reality and committed suicide, leading to her being raised by her grandmother (Rita Tushingham, who was in the giallo Il nascondiglio).

    What moves this away from giallo and into the fantastic is that she's always been able to see her mother's ghost, so when the dead world of today transforms into 1960s Soho, a gorgeous world of gigantic movie theater marquees and dancing escape sequences, it isn't out of the ordinary for her.

    At night, she sleeps in her single room in the rundown flat owned by Ms. Collins (Diana Rigg!) and dreams of singer Alexandra "Sandie" Collins (Anya Taylor-Joy) who has been brought into the dark orbit of manager Jack (Matt Smith). As the dreams grow more sinister, Ellie does what giallo heroines do: she tries to solve the murder of Sandie, a death she is sure that has happened. And that's when she suffers the fate of so many of those Italian psychosexual heroines: she has missed a very vital clue and the truth is not what she believes it to be. That means that she must stand by in silence -- at least she doesn't have needles under her eyes -- and watch murders happen before her eyes.

    The bars of the past, gorgeous dancehalls and showplaces, are now the squallor and ordinary pubs like the one she works at, the place where she fears the silver haired man (Terence Stamp!) who has to be Jack, who has to be a murderer, who has to pay. Meanwhile, she struggles in school until taking the fashions of the past into today, battling with rival student Jocasta (Synnøve Karlsen) and falling for John (Michael Ajao).

    What I love about this film is the feeling that nostalgia is dangerous and will come to destroy you if you do not escape it. Somehow, it can be about that and also be a movie that has an entire dance sequence made with nearly all practical effects despite having magical moments where a dreamming character can switch places with a woman from before her birth. The dangers of said nostalgia are not lost on me, someone who mostly watches Italian movies from the 70s and recognizes that the Vesper drink that Sandie orders (gin, vodka, lillet blanc and a twist of lemon) was invented by Ian Fleming for the character that Ursula Andress played in Casino Royale. Also: I think Wright loves Don't Look Now as much as I do. And yeah, that alley that gets run through is where the first murder in Peeping Tom happens.

    This is the kind of movie that I can -- and already did -- go on and on about. I get that I'm supposed to hate all the CGI at the end and that this is a movie made in 2021, but I'm trying to remain open that the movies of today can be as good as the ones I have seen so many times.
  • Donner88 - 30 December 2022
    Visuals are great
    An interesting story, to be honest at the beginning was a little bit difficult to understand what was the film about, but once you get there it's enjoyable to watch it. Visually is really great, the mixing of the light giving a neon atmosphere works with the story and for me it's the highlight of the film and the design production of the 60s, incredible, they took of every single detail to make see a 60s London.

    In the other hand, the special effects of the ghost didn't work for me, they weren't scary; felt more like a extra character in a video game.

    I recommend this film if you like mystery, it's not a revolutionary story but really enjoyable, not everyone can see that twits in the last half hour.
  • thewalkingpuns - 29 December 2022
    A really good psychological thriller
    This film was actually a lot better than the trailer had me believe. Just on the poster alone it looks inviitng and you can tell it has good cast. The colors in this film were very nice aswell. In this movie thomasin mckenzie plays eloise. An aspring fashion student that moves to london for college. Here she discovers in a rented room that she can travel back in time to the 60's and is suddenly in the body of a woman called sadie. Played by anya taylor joy. Both actresses do great in their roles and were nice to watch. I liked the horror elements half way through and it was a very good mix with the thriller type mystery elements. Matt smith is very creepy in this film which adds to his character. Overall this was a very well thought out thriller that had me spooked at times. The cast was great and the mood was set well.
  • ktroxdesigns - 27 December 2022
    Even better than I expected!
    This movie was fantastic. It turned out different than I expected but even better than I expected.

    First of all, the cinematography and directing are superb. It's a work of art.

    The acting is amazing. You are hooked and intrigued right from the start. I was glued the entire movie, which is sometimes rare for me, with all the distractions in the world.

    The story line is imaginative and original. It too keeps you hooked the entire time.

    The twists at the end... not gonna spoiler here. But I DEFINITELY didn't see them coming. Which is so great to watch a movie that isn't super predictable.

    I highly recommend this movie. It's honestly hard to find any faults in it. I tried.
  • KentAlan11 - 26 December 2022
    This is a fun ride. It is visually impressive, and well written. The only reason it does not get a 10 is because the ending lands so rapidly upon itself, which I am sure on the written page was incredible. It just did not deliver too comfortably in the last 20 mins.

    8 stars for this because it spoon-feeds nothing to the audience. You are provided an offscreen lore that remains cryptic and vague. The rest of the story itself is powerful and interesting, and none of it is forced upon you.

    It delivers a great deal of what I want and expect from a film. Not everything has to be an over-explained epic. And not everything needs to be a hollow and mindless nightmare. This movie finds the perfect bullseye of not falling into either category. It is just straight fun with a stellar cast, and wonderful writing.
  • youngcollind - 16 December 2022
    Glossy love letter to the 60s puts a welcome twist on familiar themes
    I wasn't sure what to expect going in, so it was a pretty wild ride figuring out where the film was headed early on. It's hyper stylized, and I'm a sucker for all those pretty colours. Whether it's a nod to vintage giallo, or just Edgar Wright flexing his muscles, it's certainly a visual treat. The film peaks when the disorienting insanity is at it's zenith and the audience is in the dark on where the lines between reality and fantasy truly lie.

    Then things fall into place and some more conventional horror elements rise to the surface, putting a pin in the surrealist balloon. Some of the effects here are a bit corny, and though this doesn't derail things altogether, it does put it into more well charted territory. They swing extra hard for the action packed finale, going full Scooby Doo when the villain spells out the diabolical plan just before the final showdown. I feel like this is where it lost some people, but given the glitz and glamour of the first leg, going for a big Hollywood finish wasn't totally out of character. I don't believe there was ever any pretense that this was some hard nosed high art, it's just pure spectacle and damn if I wasn't entertained.
  • lukejackson1111 - 12 December 2022
    WOW! That is all.
    That was a journey. I was completely taken by so many aspects of this film, the cinematography, the lighting, the music etc..

    The attention to detail is stunning, the storyline is totally unique and surprisingly easy to follow. The cast is great with a particular nod to Thomasin McKenzie and Anna Taylor-Joy!

    The scenes seamlessly blend into one another, from the present day to the 60s and back again and there were some idée fixe (recurring themes) present in the movie which I always love e.g. When the red light flashes, we know she's going back to the 60s. Just a visually beautiful movie from start to finish with a splash of humour, a good drop of thriller and a very catchy storyline.
  • lamiamail - 10 December 2022
    Well crafted, but there's too much going on
    This is undoubtedly a very well-crafted product, full of emotional moments, but it cannot decide if it's a vintage comedy/portrait, a noir, or a psychological thriller.

    There is sooo much going on at every single moment, and the watcher is constantly pulled around by one or more genres this movie decides it can represent, apparently without any issue.

    The result is dazzling and puzzling, I really cannot go under 6 stars, but if the screenwriting was clearer, the result would be much more powerful, and meaningful.

    Don't want to spoil anything, but the feeling of unsatisfaction at the end was palpable to me.
  • bowiebob - 6 December 2022
    I passed over this film for over a year mainly because the movie's description seemed a boring premise. Wow, was I wrong! This is a truly a superior cinematic ghost story, along with some twists and turns, superior acting with a fantastic mystery script and a very dynamic soundtrack! What more could you ask for? Was it an uncomfortable film? Not at all! It absorbs you into it's dark atmosphere, but it provides you with various clues as you go. Sharp acting, with notables like Diana Rigg and Terrance Stamp: but the real deal goes to Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Matthew Smith. Very convincing characters! This will make a "classic" Halloween showing! Just an overall fun and haunting trip! Enjoy it and Thank You Edward wright! For Diana......
  • biscuitskhan - 4 December 2022
    A good ol' borefest
    This movie is very boring no idea why it's called a horror it's anything but.. More like a terrible comedy 🤷‍♂️ it's boring from start to finish. I've no idea why it's got such a high rating on here but I think people need to realise how awful it is and such a waste of time. I don't even know what else to write about it.. So I'll just put an emoticon which shows how bad this movie was.. If is a cure to insomnia actually if you can't sleep then watch this movie guaranteed to put you into a coma works better than any sleeping pill. And if you are still considering watching this movie then good luck..