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      Lord of Illusions

      R Released Aug 25, 1995 1h 48m Horror List
      58% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 53% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Private eye Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula) travels to Los Angeles and meets with a new client, Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen). Swann reveals that she and her husband -- famed magician Philip Swann (Kevin J. O'Connor) -- have been targeted by a religious cult experimenting with reincarnation. After Philip dies on stage in the midst of a dangerous trick, D'Amour must struggle to protect Dorothea from the ruthless cult members and their newly reanimated religious leader, Nix (Daniel Von Bargen). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Lord of Illusions may come as something of a disappointment in the context of writer-director Clive Barker's best work, but genre fans should be reasonably diverted.

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      Anthony Puccinelli Chicago Reader These days the horror film is practically a bankrupt genre... Rated: 0/4 Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Barker, who directed as well as wrote, establishes an effective rhythm in these scenes, and Bakula finds just the right note to play them. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 1/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Trace Thurman Horror Queers Podcast From the mind of Clive Barker comes....one weird-ass horror noir. Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2020 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The problem with the story is that it's overlong, full of bland details, and engrossed with bloodshed over sensible occult configurations. Rated: 3/10 Sep 14, 2020 Full Review Brent McKnight The Last Thing I See Awesomely '90s Day-Glo noir, Lord of Illusions has everything you want. Rated: B Jul 7, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dallas H Clive Barker has a distinct way of showing graphic violence in his horror movies. This one is no different. However, the visual effects that are more CGI-based than practically designed appear to be extremely dated. I wish it were all matted visuals or practical effects to give them a more tangible element. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/24 Full Review Alec B An enjoyable supernatural Noir. Whenever the characters or plot start to get dull, there's usually some striking imagery to distract you. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review sally b all style no substance, it really felt like a bunch of random disjointed ideas the director thought would look cool but without any real narrative purpose or connective tissue to make any of the scenes much more than shock factor. Some of the shots were genuinely cool looking, but the storytelling fell short. The dialogue was unimpressive and often felt very stilted and artificial. It almost feels like a story cobbled together from the doodles one would find in the margins of a bored hormone addled highschool aged boy's notebook in a way that makes me feel like I can see the director through the film like the organs of a glass frog in the least flattering way possible. There were also tons of tits for no reason! But hey! Some of the imagery was actually sick as hell it's just a shame it wasn't used with more intention. Worth watching for inspiration if you're someone who likes picking movies apart to analyze what works and what doesn't. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review KB B It was ok more like a tv movie. The plot, acting and FX were pretty marginal. Watch if there's absolutely nothing else on. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review Elvis D Lord Of Illusions fue lo último que Clive Barker realizó como director y si bien no tuvo buena aceptación en su momento, la realidad es que se trata de otra obra de culto digna de cierto respecto. A pesar de que se basa en otro relato de Barker, en lugar de contar la historia original, Clive opto por crear una historia completamente nueva reescribiendo los personajes del texto original. La razón de ello fue debido a que el relato The Last Illusion es bastante caricaturesco, oscuro y bizarro al punto de que si la película se hubiese hecho de igual manera, el resultado final hubiese sido una película de humor negro. Aun así, Clive logro realizar una excelente cinta sobre el lado oscuro y tenebroso de la magia con una historia al estilo del cine negro. La visión de Barker es bastante notoria en esta película y loes efectos especiales son espectaculares. Por momentos parece una cinta policial, por otros un thriller sobrenatural o hasta incluso una historia de detectives de misterio y suspenso. Lord Of Illusions es sin duda una de las mejores películas de Clive Barker que merece cierto aprecio. Mi nota final para esta película es un 9/10. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Steve D Not a lot of surprises but effective thriller. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Private eye Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula) travels to Los Angeles and meets with a new client, Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen). Swann reveals that she and her husband -- famed magician Philip Swann (Kevin J. O'Connor) -- have been targeted by a religious cult experimenting with reincarnation. After Philip dies on stage in the midst of a dangerous trick, D'Amour must struggle to protect Dorothea from the ruthless cult members and their newly reanimated religious leader, Nix (Daniel Von Bargen).
      Director
      Clive Barker
      Producer
      JoAnne Sellar, Clive Barker
      Screenwriter
      Clive Barker
      Production Co
      Seraphim Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 25, 1995, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $12.4M
      Runtime
      1h 48m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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