THE PLOT THUS FAR
From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic.
Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) portrays Harry D’Amour, a private detective visiting Los Angeles on a routine investigation. Harry gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan (Kevin J. O Connor, The Mummy), a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world. But are they really illusions? Harry isn’t so sure as he is thrust into a nightmare of murder, deception and terrifying assaults from the dark beyond. Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, Hemlock Grove) and Daniel von Bargen (Crimson Tide, The Faculty) also star.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Lord of Illusions” was the first Clive Barker that I saw in a theater. I used to use the old “I lost my eyeglasses” trick and I’d slip into the theater and hide out. What I saw had become typical of most Barker theatrical releases in America. It was a movie that was obviously chopped to bits to get an R and find some mainstream appeal. The result was a compromised horror movie with some killer visuals. Thankfully, Scream Factory hangs it all together with a cleaned up transfer of the theatrical cut and the much loved Director’s Cut.
This movie makes me wish that Clive Barker directed more. Nix is a great villain that evokes David Koresh and Pinhead at his best. The idea of a detective having to hunt down a magical cult bent on killing its betrayers is fascinating. Plus, it proves that Bakula should’ve done far more horror movies. It’s been years since I last saw the film and I can’t believe I let that much time past. “Lord of Illusions” is one of the most underrated horror films of the 90s.
The Blu-Ray comes with both cuts of the film and a ton of new special features. You get a commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and a photo gallery. The 1080p transfer is freshly remastered. Plus, the DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is impressive, but I wonder why we didn’t get a 5.1 mix. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 12/16/2014