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Lord of Illusions
Trust Nothing Except Your Fear.
During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult who are preparing for the resurrection of their leader Nix, a powerful magician who was killed 13 years earlier.
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#21. A movie your parents wouldn't let you see when you were a kid.
Brace yourself, this is not a review.
It's father's day so I decided to go with this movie because it created quite a stir in my house in 1996. My Dad had just moved back in and my parents were attempting to work things out after 7 or 8 years of being divorced. The cracks started to show immediately in their reunion. My Dad has always been obsessed with death and the apocalypse. He's now a quack fundamentalist who lives off the grid mountain man style. Back then he hadn't quite gone off the deep end. One cool thing I'll say…
Scott Bakula is a little bit too much of a tv-actor for me to be a perfect fit for the lead (though he does do a good job with it) but other than that, Clive Barkers Lord of illusions is an excellent horrormovie with a good, imaginative script and wonderful makeup sfx by KNB. I do love Hellraiser and Lord of illusions might not be able to compete with the rawness of that one, but as a whole it might be Barkers best movie.
I've always liked the idea of a private eye that investigates the paranormal. That mix between the rational and the mystical. Cinema tried it with Constantine (based on the Hellblazer comic books), TV tried it with the Dresden Files (based on the novels by Jim Butcher). Lord of Illusions is Clive Barkers attempt at bringing one of his minor characters, Harry D'Amour, to the screen.
Lord of Illusions has some quite chilling moments, and is a nice mix of hard-boiled detective and typically Barker like horror, with some effective and quite bloody effects. Unfortunately he story drags a little in places and the primitive CGI is really showing its age.
I've yet to see the perfect adaptation of this type of idea but Lord of Illusions is pretty good attempt.
It's a cool premise - The immortal leader of an apocalypse cult is captured, bound a buried by former cult members in an attempt to stop the end of the world. Thirteen years later, the perpetrators begin to be murdered. One of the still-surviving former-cult members (Kevin O'Connor) brings in a paranormal investigator (Scott Bacula) to determine if their old master has returned with a taste for revenge.
There's something about movies based upon Clive Barker's work that seems to exude a real sense of inescapable fate. Lord of Illusions is no different. The task presented for the lead character, an investigation which from the get go seems horribly ill-advised, sets the tone for the entire movie. The working parameters…
“I was born to murder the world.”
-Nix (Daniel Von Bargen)
Lord of Illusions is Clive Barker’s third and, so far, final directorial film. In my eyes, it’s the weakest of his trio (Yeah, even Nightbreed), but is by no means a bad film. In fact it’s actually rather good. One issue I find with most of Barker’s works is that unless you’re familiar with the source material, it can appear both bizarre and jumbled. The plot goes something like this.
13 years ago, the sorcerer Nix and his feverent sect of followers prepared some hellish ritual with a young girl, Dorothea. The ceremony was halted by one of Nix’s own students, Philip Swann, the leader was killed and the…
A solid good film but the special effects don't hold up and look very bad now. Out of all of the Clive Barker films this is his best abs weirdest one. I think that he has a good eye for cinema but it has been forever since he has directed a film and needs to shy away from the Hellraiser film and move to new territory.
I really like the short story this is based on but the movie as a whole is a let down. I was hoping that seeing it all the years later my opinion might be different but it's not.
Clive Barker has a talent for building beautifully weird and twisted worlds, densely constructed with their own bizarrely horrific folklore that seems to extend far beyond the edges of the movie screen. This world-building that I enjoyed so much in Hellraiser and Nightbreed was, unfortunately, one of the weaker elements of his last film Lord of Illusions. This tale of dark magic has all of Barker's signature visual flair and an imaginative vision that benefits from being grounded in a detective story, but the origin of the sinister sorcerer's growing power felt thin and underdeveloped, missing a world-spanning mythology that could've really elevated this film for me.
One of the only movies to shoot at the Magic Castle. That has to bother them.
I had bad memories of the original version of this film, but I watched the directors cut and enjoyed it. Other than some bad acting and really bad cgi the film largely works, and works well. Some super creepy stuff mashed up with great detective noir
LORD OF ILLUSIONS.
Clive Barker is great at building myths and the worlds that those myths exist in.
Sometimes his nightmarish visions lose a bit of something during their translation to the screen - but for the most part, LORD OF ILLUSIONS worked out for him.
I liked the film a lot more than my initial viewing many years ago.
Apparently I have an affinity for paranormal private eye type stories.
And Barker balances the horror & fantastical & film noir aspects quite well.
They blend together better than I remembered.
The film has big ideas & a very intriguing setup.
The mystery aspect holds your attention and even though there is a lot of blood & violence -…
Bakula rules, everything else is pretty bland. Watch: 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days - Episode 29.
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I'm a big Clive Barker fan. I've read a lot of his books and I find his style absolutely terryfing. I'm also a big fan of the comic book series, Hellraiser, in which Harry D'Amour appears.
So, I went in this movie expecting something. It's a nice mix between noir, horror and magic. It actually inspires me. But in some parts it felt flat.
Either way, it's a good movie.
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