A private investigator hired to protect a popular stage magician finds himself drawn into a dark, occult underworld in this supernatural horror film from writer-director Clive Barker. The danger begins for detective Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula) when he is approached by a beautiful woman, Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen). Dorothea is married to Philip Swann (Kevin J. O'Connor), a wealthy illusionist who has found fame by disguising real magic as stage trickery, and believes that her husband may be in danger. Harry reluctantly agrees to investigate, and he discovers that Swann has made enemies of a bizarre religious cult who wish to resurrect their leader, an evil sorcerer killed by Swann. (101 Films)


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English I’m writing this only a day after watching the film and I’m already having a hard time remembering what The Lord of Illusions was about, which isn’t the best calling card for Barker’s latest directorial attempt. The story is bland, it moves very slowly and doesn’t have any interesting or memorable moments. The only thing worth mentioning is the ending, which has plenty of Barker’s atmosphere. It’s a shame that Clive Barker has never quite worked on me (both on paper and in film). ()

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