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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
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Scott Bakula and Barry Del Sherman would both later appear in American Beauty...but shared no screen time. 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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The laserdisc version runs 122 minutes and features graphic violence and 12 minutes of non-violent extra scenes. This director's cut has also been released on video in the US. See more »
Let's see: badly directed, badly plotted, badly acted (because that's all you can do with the material at hand), what's left?
It has the pacing and narrative structure of a breathless retelling of a night spent at the wrestling matches, told by a sleep-deprived twelve-year-old. It's always been evident that Clive Barker can't write...now we find out he can't direct, either. Maybe next we'll find he can't produce [no pun intended]. (Wonder why he was directing? Because no reputable director would touch the project.)
How cheesy is it? Well, the villain, our Devil of the piece, is named "Nix." Puh-leeze. Is that clever? NO.
Obviously Barker has some psychological problems to work out, but I can't for the life of me figure out why WE have to be part of the therapy. Stop reading the books, stop watching the movies, and maybe--just maybe--he'll go away.
One can only hope.
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