Harry is a psychic investigator in Los Angeles who becomes entangled in a plot to resurrect a satanic cult when a popular magician, Swann, dies performing on stage. Harry soon learns that Swann was actually the star pupil of magician Nix, who has set in motion plans to be resurrected as leader of the satanic cult.
Scott Bakula (Harry), Kevin O’Connor (Swann), Joseph Latimore (Quaid), Sheila Tousey (Jennifer), Susan Traylor (Maureen), Daniel von Bargen (Nix), Jordan Marder (Ray), Famke Janssen (Dorothea), Vincent Schiavelli (Vinovich).
Written and directed by Clive Barker, Lord of Illusions is a somewhat interesting story about magic becoming more than tricks and illusion as the glittering, polished Las Vegas style magicians constantly search and yearn for better tricks. The film has an interesting start with the introduction of strange characters, animals, and a good dose of horror. From there the story devolves into development and becomes more detailed while the pace sags a bit. Toward the end, the story begins to come back together and the pace picks up again but by then we just aren’t quite as interested in the slow plot as we are the horror, which is delivered pretty well.
Acting was a mess in this one. Bakula felt stiff, dry, and added little to the film. O’Connor was mildly interesting but couldn’t support Bakula or Bargen. Bargen delivered a strange performance that was fitting but somewhat insufficient. The remainder of the supporting cast depended on strangeness rather than skill and lacked depth.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fairly well done but the film is showing some age. Effects were a bit campy at times but well done in other scenes but consistently showed a lot of effort. Film quality is lacking with a washed out feeling. Dialogue was pretty good, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall, Lord of Illusions is a good mid-level horror flick with a fairly solid plot. The film works hard to be shocking with effects but falls short leaving the film amusing and entertaining rather than shocking or scary. Horror fans will likely find the most pleasure in this one.
With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, and some sexuality save this for the oldest teens and above.
Lord of Illusions is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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