Lord of Illusions

August 25th, 1995







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Plot
During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.7/10 (6,193 voted)

Director: Clive Barker

Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Joseph Latimore

Storyline
During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago Nix was calmed down by his best trainee Swann. In the meantime Swann is advanced to a populary illusionist like David Copperfield and is married to the charming Dorothea. She hires D'Amour to protect Swann against the evil cult members. Short time later Swann is killed by one of his own tricks and the occurrences are turning over. And it crackles between Dorothea and D'Amour...

Writers: Clive Barker, Clive Barker

Cast:
Scott Bakula - Harry D'Amour
Kevin J. O'Connor - Philip Swann
Joseph Latimore - Caspar Quaid
Sheila Tousey - Jennifer Desiderio
Susan Traylor - Maureen Pimm
Ashley Tesoro - Young Dorothea (as Ashley Lyn Cafagna)
Michael Angelo Stuno - Lead Male Cultist
Barbara Patrick - Lead Female Cultist
J. Trevor Edmond - Young Butterfield (as Trevor Edmond)
Wayne Grace - Loomis
Mikey LeBeau - Exorcised Boy
Daniel von Bargen - Nix
Johnny Venocur - Tapert (as Johnny Venokur)
Jordan Marder - Ray Miller
Barry Del Sherman - Butterfield

Taglines: Trust Nothing Except Your Fear



Details

Official Website: MGM-UA |

Release Date: 25 August 1995

Filming Locations: Lacy Street Production Center - 2630 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $13,293,081 (USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Australia:  | Germany: (director's cut)  | USA: (director's cut)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
When casting for the film began, Clive Barker picked Famke Janssen's photo out of the hundreds of initial submissions and declared, "This is Dorothea." She remained the only choice, although the filmmakers auditioned dozens of actresses for the part.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When D'amour throws Nix down the hole at the end, you can see that the hole is not rock but burlap walled.

Quotes:
Butterfield: A lot of people believed in Nix. They haven't forgotten his promise.
Ray Miller: About...?
Butterfield: Death.
Ray Miller: What about death?
Butterfield: It's an illusion.



User Review

Barkers Best

Rating: 10/10

Title: Lord of Illusions (1995)

Director: Clive Barker

Cast: Scot Bakula, Franke Jensen, Kevin J. Oconnor

Review:

Clive Barkers takes us in deep into the world of magic and horror with what in my opinion is his best film...Lord of Illusions.

The story is about this religious cult whos leader Nix promises his followers eternal life. Swann, an ex member of the cult, gets cold feet and decides he wants out of the cult of freaky people and decides to eliminate the cult and its leader Nix. He manages to stop Nix and bury him....but is he dead? Many years later after these events Swann has become a David Copperfield type of magician winning big money. But suddenly some people are after him and there's rumors that Nix...the cult leader he laid to sleep might be returning for revenge on those who restrained him. Swann included.

The good thing about this movie for me is that it takes us into this world of magic, demons and religion in a very credible way. Barker handles things properly in this film by taking us into fantastic territory but with a touch of realism. As if it all could in fact be true. Thats the feeling I got while watching this film. And ultimately thats what makes the film so effectively creepy.

Nix is a great villain and I never for once felt I was watching some actor playing a by the numbers villain just for the kicks of it. Daniel Von Bergen as Nix delivers a great and evil performance. He uses anyone and everyone, he is selfish in his quest for ultimate knowledge and power over the supernatural and will do anything to have it. The guy is pure evil...and when he is about to be re awakened you almost feel sorry for the poor dopes who are doing it.

Another one of the movies assets is that it is done in the fashion of an old detective flick, with Scott Bakulas character Harry D Amour as the grounded on reality Detective who is constantly being confronted with the fact that this world is filled with things that we know nothing about. We see the film through Harrys eyes as he plunges himself deeper into the world of magic and Illusion. This is a smart lead character and cool thing about it is that you don't feel like its a bunch of teenagers making mistake after mistake, this guy knows what he is doing, he is a detective taking a full plunge into the dark world of Nix's religious cult.

But by far the coolest thing about this movie is its story. Barker carved up a fine spooky tale. Something to really scare you. The story is complex, and keeps you interested all through out, like a good mystery should. Not only that, but he directed the film with some real style. The movie just looks beautiful in everyway. A really good example of this is Swanns Illussion show in which he performs his "Last Illusion". Great sets and music in those sequences. Speaking of the music, as is the case in most of Barkers films, the music elevates everything to another level of grandiosity. You get this feeling that you are watching something epic and forbidden.

All in all, I would say that no doubt this is Barkers finest film to date. Its got a great involving story, good performances a great and memorable villain and a feeling of realism even though we are dealing with magic and Illusions. Barker is a master at weaving fantastic and dark fantasies, this my friends is his best one, go check it out! Rating: 5 out of 5









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