Lord of Illusions (1995) Movie Review

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Lord of Illusions (1995)

1995 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
109 minutes / 1h 49min

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Lord of Illusions Plot Synopsis:

During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago, Nix was gunned down by his best trainee Swann. In the meantime Swann is advanced to a popular illusionist like David Copperfield and is married to the charming Dorothea. She hires D'Amour to protect Swann against the evil cult members. A short time later Swann is killed by one of his own tricks and the occurrences are turning over, and it crackles between Dorothea and D'Amour.

Lord of Illusions (1995) Review

Lord of Illusions (1995) is another Clive Barker (Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990), Candyman (1992)) twisted tale of terror and gore. Clive Barker write the script based on his story titled The Last Illusion which he then rewrote into screenplay followed by directing this horror mystery thriller movie. Lord of Illusions had an estimated budget of $12 million and grossed $13.293 million at the US box office. Like most (trying not to say "every") Clive Barker film, this film is riddled with gore, insanity, intense, and uncomfortable scenes.

Lord of Illusions followers the path of private investigator Harry D’Amour (Scott Bakula - Star Trek: Enterprise, Quantum Leap) as he looks to rebound from his last case involving an exorcism. He is now reassigned to look over the famed illusionist Philip Swann (Kevin J. O’Connor - The Mummy (1999), Van Helsing (2004), There Will Be Blood (2007), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)) and his wife Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen - X-Men (2000), Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters (2013)). Quickly we are propelled through a spiraling story of the second coming of long-buried cult leader Nix (Daniel von Bargen - The Postman (1997), Basic Instinct (1992), Super Troopers (2001)) as he returns with demonic powers.

Bakula is a great actor who plays his role wonderfully and convincingly. O’Connor is most notable for playing the comic relief but in this film, he plays a very distraught character and deeper role. Although he played the role well, I still kept looking for the comedic side of his character which there was a very slight trace. In fact, the movie was well cast with Famke Janssen delivering a terrific mix of vulnerability to her portrayal. Cult leader Nix has small on-screen moments, but there is a great deal of dread and terror when he does appear. Nix states that he was "born to murder the world." I am not a fan of the noir-inspired mystery, but it works well to set Lords of Illusions apart from most of any other horror movie you will ever watch. The way that the story is told in both the present and the past recaps is great and adds the necessary layers to the film to keep you interested for near two hours of the film. If you get the chance, watch the directors cut which is a little over two hours but helps to flesh out more characters. The acting, special effects, and all around tone of the film mesh well to bring about a haunting movie experience. However, this is not a film I would rewatch often.

  • Lord of Illusions Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.42
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.1

About Lord of Illusions 1995

Title: Lord of Illusions
Year: 1995
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.21/5 stars from 12,835 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12,835 MPAA Rating: R
Lord of Illusions Cast Starring: Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Vincent Schiavelli, Danny Woodburn, Barry Shabaka Henley, Joel Swetow, Daniel von Bargen, Wayne Grace, J. Trevor Edmond, Sebastian La Cause, Joanna Sanchez, G. Larry Butler, Jordan Marder, Barry Del Sherman, Scott Bakula, Joseph Latimore, Sean Clark, McNally Sagal, Ashley Tesoro, Daniel Edward Mora, T.S. Hunter, Mike Deak, Crystal Lujan, Sarah McAfee, Alan McFarland, Laurie Kanyok, Erol Sarabi, Yuri Mageoy, Jimmy Shaw, Deanna Dubé
Lord of Illusions Writers: Clive Barker
Lord of Illusions Director: Clive Barker
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA