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Warlock (1989)

A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.

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In Boston of 1691, a warlock is sentenced to death, but escapes magically into the future (our present), followed doggedly by the witch hunter. There he is searching for the three parts of the Devil's Bible, trailed by the witch hunter and the woman whose house he landed in. They must stop him, as the book contains the true name of God, which he can use to un-create the world. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He's come from the past to destroy the future. See more »


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11 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Czarnoksieznik  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$780,360, 13 January 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,094,451
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In 1995, Saskatchewan teenager Sandy Charles and an unnamed 8 year-old accomplice murdered a 7 year-old boy, cut strips of flesh from his body, boiled and drank it in hopes that, as in the film, it would give them the ability to fly. Charles was found not guilty by reason of insanity but was sentenced to stay at the high security Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, where he has primarily resided since shortly after the murder occurred. See more »

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During the kitchen scene as the Warlock pulls Chas close to him a shadow from the boom mic is visible on the wall. See more »

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Kassandra: [Having been told the Warlock's true goal] He scares the crap out of me... and he KNOWS it.
Giles Redferne: I'll not let him harm you.
Kassandra: Next time there won't be any spells, no hexes, no potions. Next time, he's gonna kill me.
Giles Redferne: I'll not let him harm you.
[He holds out Kassandra's car keys]
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Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000) See more »

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STRAIT FROM TEXAS
Performed by Jasper Jeeters Jamboree
Music by Vince Melamed
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A fun, rather than frightening, late-80s horror film.
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

An evil warlock (Julian Sands) travels from the 17th century to modern times, in search of the pages of the Grand Grimoire (the Devil's bible), which, when assembled together, will reveal God's true name and allow creation to be undone. Hot on his heels is a witch-hunter, Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant), who enlists the help of Kassandra (Lori Singer), a pretty girl who has been cursed by the warlock (for every day that passes, she ages 20 years).

Written by David Twohy (Pitch Black) and directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2 and 3, House), Warlock is a fun, if unexceptional, slice of supernatural horror. Twohy has obviously done his homework and fills the script with interesting little snippets of witch lore: Redferne uses a witch compass to track his foe, uses salt as a weapon (witches hate the stuff) and creates a potion (from the boiled fat of a boy!) to enable him to fly. Miner's direction is similar in style to his earlier movie, House, with the emphasis on fun rather than fear. The film is workmanlike but not particularly memorable visually, and is unfortunately let down by some poor special effects.

Warlock is diverting enough entertainment while it lasts and worth checking out if you're a fan of all things 'witchy'. Just don't expect anything exceptional.


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