Lord of Illusions
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Using the character of Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula), a slightly run down, hard-boiled, compulsively heroic private investigator, Barker turns his eye to the thin line between illusion and magic. D'Amour, who is no stranger to the touch of evil, finds himself witness to the torture and death of a fortuneteller and as a result is hired by Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen) to look into a set of eerie circumstances involving her husband Phillip (Kevin O'Conner) who is a world famous illusionist.
Just as Harry starts his investigation, Phillip Swann is killed horrifically in the middle of his act. Determined to follow through on his commitment to Dorothea the detective digs and discovers that he is surrounded by ghosts and shadows, full of false realities and illusions that can kill. At the heart is a Nix (Daniel Von Bergen), a cult leader and mage once killed by Phillip and now somehow working his way back into reality.
Barker works the story in layers, using apparent illusions to step from one world into another. Nothing is quite what it seems, other than the ultimate nature of evil. Some of Barker's manipulation is blatant (his heavy use of cruciform and tarot images), at other times, it is the subtle repetition of a rune. The story is unnerving in its progress and eventually our imagination is even worse than what the film presents.
Technically, the film is excellent.Read more ›
I am, it seems, one of Lord of Illusions' relatively few fans; I'm certainly the only media critic I know, self-described or otherwise, who lists it among the hundred best movies ever made. Somehow, though, I never got around to seeing the new director's cut of the movie until recently. I actually didn't think it was all that different despite being eleven minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Some director's cuts destroy the original movie...
Lord of Illusions, adapted by Barker from his own story "The Last Illusion" (though it's an "adaptation", really, in the way Tobe Hooper's adaptation of 'Salem's Lot is similar to King's), is the story (one of the stories, anyway), of private investigator Harry D'Amour (Quantum Leap's Scott Bakula), who Barker fans will know from the Books of the Art. While working on a seemingly unrelated case, he finds himself tangled up in the suspicious death of Philip Swann (There Will Be Blood's Kevin J. O'Connor), an illusionist of the David Copperfield variety, performing elaborate tricks in the midst of a Vegas-style stage show. When a new trick goes wrong, Swann's wife, Dorothea (100 Feet's Famke Janssen) hires D'Amour to find out what happened. D'Amour quickly discovers that Swann is only the tip of an iceberg, and that before he's through, he will know all too well the difference between illusion and magic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent film by Clive Barker. This particular scream factory release is of great quality, and has a lot of interesting bonus features.Published 28 days ago by Paul G. Haapanen
An ordinary private eye finds himself on a twisting, turning roller-coaster ride to hell when he enters the nightmarish world of a powerful, evil sorcerer... Read more
Sometime in the Mojave Desert in 1982, a sadistic magician only known by the name Nix/"The Puritan" has gathered his cult in the confines of an isolated lair. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kane's Review
One of Clive Barkers early and best movies. It's up there with candy and hellraiser 1 and 2. The acting is suburb as are the characters I found the special effects to be stunning.Published 5 months ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
I've like this cult classic for years and am glad I can add it to my collection now. Not the best movie ever made, but it is fun to watch with people who have never seen it, late... Read morePublished 5 months ago by WATCHER
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