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... See full summary »
Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the ... See full summary »
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 popular illusionist like David Copperfield and is married to the charming Dorothea. She hires D'Amour to protect Swann against the evil cult members. A 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. Written by
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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. See more »
When D'amour throws Nix down the hole at the end, you can see that the hole is not rock but burlap walled. See more »
There are two worlds of magic. One is the glittering domain of the illusionist. The other is a secret place, where magic is a terrifying reality. Here, men have the power of demons. And Death itself is an illusion.
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Barker creates a supernatural detective, D'Amour, and allows the viewer to trail along as Bakula's character does his everyday job; it's established that this movie did not create D'Amour, that D'Amour has existed and lived a surreal lifestyle as a private detective who finds himself often in the Beyond: a detective with a primal magnetism to things bizarre. D'Amour seems cool and detached because, well, when you fight demon-possessed children and cannibals for a living, you aren't going to be surprised by much.
That's what this movie's about. The detective's journey. D'Amour
encounters rabid cultists seeking to ressurect their messiah, while following the back-story of his client Swan, the showman magician and his wife, played by knock-out Famke Janssen. Everything D'Amour sees, and the lure of Janssen, fuses with D'Amour's obssessive desire to KNOW, to witness, what he is drawn to witness: pure evil, and the forms it takes. By the time the movie's showdown in the desert begins, D'Amour has learned of the rebirth of a god of evil, once dead and now returned after years of burial. And this Dark God wants vengeance on those who imprisoned him, including the lovely Janssen and frightened Swan. D'Amour's loyalty to his client and the woman he's fallen for, implicit or not, keeps him in there slugging it out with forces he cannot overcome. This isn't your ordinary movie hero here. The fact is, D'Amour knows that someday he will be swallowed by the evil things he meets--it is a biological destiny that D'Amour will be destroyed eventually, and this knowledge makes him fearless.
Barker never got a chance to explore more with this character. And that's a shame. A cool concept, so simple, and elevated by Barker's twist on genre, and Scott Bakula's delivery, a man haunted by what he's seen and has yet to witness, from the dark. Great movie.
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