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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…
Format: the Director's Cut from the Scream Factory Blu-ray. Which looks okay, I guess. Better than standard definition, but certainly not high definition. Lots of grain. The bad lighting in the film doesn't help either.
Oh man this was so much better than I remember. I have a thing for the "occult detective" subgenre of horror films, as I love a good noir mystery combined with violence and gore and Lord of Illusions delivers it all in spades. Sure, the "mystery" isn't particularly convoluted, but Barker knows when to pull out all the stops, making the climactic 30 minutes absolutely stunning.
One of the reasons why I always loved Clive Barker because nobody had an imagination like him. He comes…
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, the 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 a 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…
Happy Halloween Watchlist #9
Netter "Mystery-Detektiv-Thriller", der aber ein wenig zu inkonsistent mit seinen "magischen" Einfällen umgeht und die Katze in dieser Hinsicht viel zu früh aus dem Sack lässt.
Zum Finale gibt es dann ordentlichen Effektgrusel, Aha-Effekte bleiben aber aus.
I remembered hating Clive Barker in the nineties, but not why. I think this was why.
31 Days of Horror 2016: Day 16
What a nice surprise. Visually striking and a decent story with a very strong third act. Forehead sphincters and all.
I'm a sucker for a good Cliver Barker film. This one did not disappoint. Lots of gruesome deaths and practical effects. The story kept me interested with just enough of a fantasy and crime element in with the horror. I would rank this right behind Hellraiser and Nightbreed.
Clive barker is God
Unclear if I've watched this before, the baboon seemed familiar.
There's a lot of great set design, sfx, and backstory but it ends up a little blend. The Nix nix followers were pretty creepy cool.
There was a red band trailer on this vhs of Showgirls.
Che una roba del genere venga dimenticata praticamente da chiunque è una vergogna senza mezzi termini. Certo, in diverse occasioni il budget e gli effetti digitali non riescono a tenere il passo dell'immaginazione di Clive Barker, ma non è una scusa. La sua è una voce di cui, al cinema, si sente una mancanza esagerata.
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