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Lord of Illusions (1995)

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 »

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Caspar Quaid
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Jennifer Desiderio
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Young Dorothea (as Ashley Lyn Cafagna)
Michael Angelo Stuno ...
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Young Butterfield (as Trevor Edmond)
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Nix
Johnny Venocur ...
Tapert (as Johnny Venokur)
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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 gunned 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 Sam Beckett <drgr4000@mailszrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,293,081
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The picture started out as a Polygram Filmed Entertainment production, under the guidance of Steve Golin and Sigurjon Sighvatsson. When Polygram encountered financial woes, the film was sold off to MGM/UA, who were looking for films to release under their newly re-established United Artists banner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Title Card: 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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Spoofed in Phantasmagoria (1995) See more »

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Dancing in the Dark
Written by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz
performed by Diamanda Galás
Diamanda Galas appears courtesy of Mute Records
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A film I like alot -- and dislike.
29 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I like a great deal of this film although some parts of it drag and are unnecessary.

The casting is fine for everyone...those actors and actresses known and unknown at the time. I liked the constant good and evil conflicts of within for the Detective, Harry -- the Magician, Swann -- and the Girl, Dorthea. The film contains good effects, nice scenes with Swanns shows and of course..some gore.

Best of all in "Lord of Illusions", I love the character and story development of the magician Swann as a big time Celebrity, the inner workings of those in that industry, and his relationship (or lack there of) with the Girl, Dorthea.

But there is something about Daniel von Bargen who plays Nix in this film that makes me cringe...and is seductive at the same time..all traits of Clive Barker and his work.

Another trait seems to be Clive's problem with "a superior being" and what that entails, case in point, Nix's cultests and when Nix is finally restored, how he treats them for waiting for his return. A conflict that runs throughout all of Clive's work film, book, short story or otherwise.

This is an 'all right' feature, again many slow/confusing moments, no real sexual chemistry between Dorthea and Harry or Dorthea and Swann...but the story has a strong presence.

You do want to know what happens to a few characters and that makes you want to look at this film more than once beyond the "special effects" and gore. Eventually you may become like me after viewing the film and become a "couch editor" thinking, "Well, if that part was cut out and this part was here than there..then this film would rock!!"


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