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Lord of Illusions (1995)

Scott Bakula , Kevin J. O'Connor , Clive Barker  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Joseph Latimore, Sheila Tousey, Susan Traylor
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Writers: Clive Barker
  • Producers: Clive Barker, Anna C. Miller, JoAnne Sellar, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Steve Golin
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Finnish, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U3XR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lord of Illusions" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary by Clive Barker
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • 8 Page Booklet Containing Trivia, Production Notes
  • A Revealing Look Behind the Scenes

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now You See It, Now Your Dead November 3, 2002
Unlike many authors who show up in the horror section of the local bookstore, Clive Barker has always stood out as one of the few who is willing to step aside from the mainstream and experiment with the limits of horror. He understands that there is an architecture and symbolism to horror the must be there if the tale is to rise above the modern gore-fest. "Lord of Illusions' is a case in point.
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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I was born to murder the world..." December 29, 2002
Based on his short story "The Last Illusion", Clive Barker helmed this adaption entitled Lord of Illusions, and offers up a good amount of shocks, scares, gore, and a near excellent plot; a combination that made one of Barker's previous films, the original and classic Hellraiser, such a great horror film. Scott Bakula (TV's Quantum Leap, now he's famous for TV's Enterprise) stars as private detective Harry D'amour, and he gets involved with a bizarre case involving a magician (Kevin J. O'Connor) who years before had killed prophet and mentor Nix (played to perfection by Daniel Von Bargen). However, Nix has seemingly been resurrected, and he and his followers have plans on the destruction of the world. Just about everything about Lord of Illusions is great: the visual effects and Barker's direction and storytelling are great, but there are some plot holes and now and then some crummy acting (courtesy of the beautiful Famke Janssen), but for the most part Lord of Illusions is a great horror film from one of the great masters of horror. The film has gained quite a cult following over the years, and MGM realized this and packed the DVD with some great extras including a commentary by Barker, an isolated music score (most of the music is absolutely creepy and sets a perfect tone), and some never before seen scenes as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven more minutes of one of the hundred best. June 29, 2009
Lord of Illusions: The Director's Cut (Clive Barker, 1995)

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller December 12, 2006
By Mark
I really enjoyed this film. I have been wanting to purchase it for sometime and I am very glad that I finally did. It is full of suspense and has alot of plot twists in the movie as well. I did watch the special features section of "deleted scenes" and felt that there were some deleted scenes that should have stayed in the final cut of this movie. Scott Bakula was a very strong actor in this movie as well as everyone else. I highly recommend this movie for anyone that likes a "classic" horror film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic movie
I'm a clive barker fan and I think this is one of if not the absolute best clive barker movie
Published 4 months ago by thomas c dobeck
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark magic
Man..the special effects on this at the end was so dated. It looked like a n64 glitch gone haywire,other than that the movie was okay. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Derohn Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, well written, no nonsense.
This film rises above the typical occult film. It delves into the despair current in modern thinking and the means some follow to escape it. Manichean denial of visible reality. Read more
Published 9 months ago by peter e. sanpaolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid movie
While the Special Effects may not hold up to todays CGI standards. The story is a solid one if you're fans of horror and of Clive Barker. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars The uncut version of this film is absolutely great
I had seen this version of the film shortly after it was in theaters and then spent over a decade trying to find it again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ausar
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
wish i could get a copy for myself. when i bought it i didn't know it was nor for my region (illinois, usa). it's a B rated movie but i always love Scott since the '80s
Published 10 months ago by christina sandstrom
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD RETURN
Published 11 months ago by rosa ortiz
1.0 out of 5 stars disk
The disk was unable to play in my dvd player. It was money wasted. I had to reorder the movie from another dealer.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Kimbro
5.0 out of 5 stars LORD OF ILLUSIONS MOVIE
Published 16 months ago by jeri
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Blu Ray Version
WHERE IS THE BLU RAY VERSION OF THIS FANTASTIC MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!This is one of the best horror films ever, and one of my favorites!!!
Published 17 months ago by Robert W. Garven Jr.
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