Lord of Illusions — Horror Meets Old Hollywood

This movie was made by horror master, Clive Barker, but is this really a horror movie?

Caleb Rogers

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Clive Barker smashed the magical style of old Hollywood movies into a world full of magical mayhem. Lord of Illusions is a detective story set in a world where things go bump in the night and the boogeyman is real.

This movie was released in 1995 and was written and directed by horror master, Clive Barker. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, he’s responsible for Hellraiser, Books of Blood, Nightbreed, and a lot more. You owe yourself a dip into those worlds.

I first saw this movie in college, rented from the now-defunct Hastings, and watched it with a couple of buddies. I remember thinking it was great. Dark and different. Not your typical horror movie, yet familiar.

The movie has good imagery and starts off strong in the past (from the bulk of the story), in the Mojave Desert. We get a strong mystical crisis that occurs several years before the story actually takes place. It’s an action- and mystery- and magic-packed prologue, in which we’re introduced to a few key characters, including the villain, Nix, also known as the Puritan.

When you have a guy introduced who does all this evil stuff in the opening sequence of the…

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Caleb Rogers

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