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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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Composer Christopher Young, who scored Barker's Hellraiser (1987), was initially brought on to work on this film - but he was replaced by Simon Boswell when the film's post-production schedule was stretched out - making Young unavailable. The early 1-sheet has Young credited as composer. 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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It's one of those movies that come from a certain time and place. But then, it's Clive Barker and he tends to primarily make movies that can really only fit into that beautiful era that opened up and allowed for anything to get the green light and small independent films to make it onto the big screen at your local theater.
Man I miss those days.
Anyway, Lord of Illusions should be classified as Neo-Noir...at least a little. It has all the right elements, detective, possible feme fatale, LA..you know it, hits most of the cliché's. And even the dress and make-up has throw backs to to the Bogart Era of film making. Subtle throwbacks.
The cast is terrific, the soundtrack is awesome...but what stands out the most is how creepy it can get and do so without being over bearing and too serious.
It has a Manson Family meets Lucifer himself feel to it while being wound up in an old fashioned detective story...with some of the best lines you'll ever hear come out of a horror movie delivered by some of the more disturbing performances you will see in a genre that is often lacking in serious actors and actresses.
And though it is admittedly far from an all star cast, Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Daniel von Bargen, and Famke Janssen consistently deliver good performances and are all at the absolute top of their game for a movie that can't easily fit into any molded horror cliché.
Two thumbs up, ten of ten stars, one of the films you should see before you die.
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