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Lord of Illusions (1995)

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... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Barker

Writers:

Clive Barker (story "The Last Illusion"), Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Harry D'Amour
J. Trevor Edmond ... Young Butterfield (as Trevor Edmond)
Daniel von Bargen ... Nix
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Philip Swann
Joseph Latimore ... Caspar Quaid
Sheila Tousey ... Jennifer Desiderio
Susan Traylor ... Maureen Pimm
Ashley Tesoro ... Young Dorothea (as Ashley Lyn Cafagna)
Michael Angelo Stuno Michael Angelo Stuno ... Lead Male Cultist
Keith Brunsmann Keith Brunsmann ... Snakeman
Barbara Patrick ... Lead Female Cultist
Wayne Grace ... Loomis
Mikey LeBeau Mikey LeBeau ... Exorcised Boy
Robb Humphreys Robb Humphreys ... D'Amours Demon
Jimmy Shaw ... Hotel Bellboy (as James Brandon Shaw)
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Storyline

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. Written by Sam Beckett <drgr4000@mailszrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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The evil awaits in the other side. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,293,081
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Seraphim Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When casting for the film began, Clive Barker picked Famke Janssen's photo out of the hundreds of initial submissions and declared, "This is Dorothea." She remained the only choice, although the filmmakers auditioned dozens of actresses for the part. See more »

Goofs

When D'amour throws Nix down the hole at the end, you can see that the hole is not rock but burlap walled. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: There are two worlds of magic. One is the glittering domain of the illusionist. The other is a secret place, where magic is a terrifying reality. Here, men have the power of demons. And Death itself is an illusion.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version features the Director's Cut. In addition to the longer version, the DVD also has some additional deleted scenes in the supplemental features section. These are all in rough form (no soundtrack, no post-production):
  • more scenes set in Nix's compound, showing Jennifer and Maureen meeting a few of Nix's cult followers;
  • a longer version of the scene where D'Amour and Billy break into the magician's repository. Harry briefly talks to Billy about his dead wife;
  • Dorothea trying to reach Harry on the phone, then watching TV in her house after Swann's death and starting to cry;
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Connections

Referenced in Pantucci the Greasemonkey with Kevin J. O'Connor (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Moments
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Erasure
Erasure appears courtesy of Mute Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
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"I was born to murder the world."
6 September 2002 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

"There are two worlds of magic. One is the glittering domain of the illusionist. The other is a secret place, where magic is a terrifying reality. Here, men have the power of demons. And Death itself is an illusion."

Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions is a terrifying glimpse into another world in which few have traveled. Those who have been there, didn't like what Barker had to show them. I wasn't even impressed with it upon my first viewing. I simply forgot it, lumped it in with the other, countless horror films I've seen and will never see again. However, I recently rediscovered it...and was completely awestruck. The theatrical release did not do the film justice. It dropped priceless minutes of film and much need footage. I strongly urge you to seek out the uncut director's version on DVD format. This is a very big horror movie, and a hidden treasure at that; hidden under a brilliant detective story and surrounded by film noir. But I promise you there is a horror spectacle buried under there. It may be a little slow going at times...but all that build-up makes whatever happens all the more effective. Lord of Illusions is an unbelievably awesome, genre-twisting experience (and was never bastardized by a sequel). Everyone needs to take this journey again. Please Mr. Barker...make another film.

Dorothea: "What the f**k are you?"

Nix: "A man who wanted to be a God...and changed his mind."


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