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Warlock (1991)




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When an evil warlock (Julian Sands) calls upon the powers of darkness to free him from the group of witch hunters who hold him prisoner in 17th-century Boston, he finds himself magically transported to modern-day Los Angeles, a setting full of evil and sin. However, one of the witch hunters, Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant), was accidentally sent into the future as well, leaving Redferne as the only hope for stopping the sinister warlock's evil plans.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Twohy, David N. Twohy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 1998


Julian Sands
as The Warlock
Lori Singer
as Kassandra
Mary Woronov
as Channeller
Julie Burkhart
as Daughter-in-Law
Richard Kuss
as Mennonite
Juli Burkhart
as Daughter-in-Law
Anna Levine
as Pastor's Wife
Ian Abercrombie
as 1st Magistrate
Kenneth Danziger
as 2nd Magistrate
Kamala Lopez
as Waitress
Allan Miller
as Detective
Charles Walker
as Escort Officer
Brandon Call
as Little Boy
Kay E. Kuter
as Proctor
Rob Paulsen
as Gas Station Attendan...
Meta King
as Flight Attendant
Bill Dunnam
as Railroad Employee
Gyl Roland
as Ticket Agent
Mindy Sterling
as Tentative Woman
Art Smith
as Scribe
Wendy Feiner
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Warlock

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 11, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Warlock


Probably the franchise Julian Sands is best known for...but that's probably not the best thing to shout about. I remember seeing this in the videoshop as a kid, top row, where young hands couldn't reach. It was considered a bit of a video nasty I think, to do with witchcraft, evil demons, the devil etc...not the stuff for young developing minds.

First time seeing this recently and it did kinda remind me of 'The Evil Dead' a little bit. Not totally of course but the plot revolves around the good guys getting their hands on the pages of a Grimoire which isn't too dissimilar from those early Raimi flicks.

The soundtrack is odd and doesn't really match the action, its kinda of quirky when it should be impending doom. A young Richard E. Grant plays the good guy but is miscast really, pretty bad Scottish accent there, at least I think its suppose to be Scottish.

The only good thing about this film is Sands lets be honest here. The guy is good looking in that blonde British aristocratic Sting kind of way, he's well spoken, he looks badass in his costume and his hair looks cool I can't deny it. He merely trapes around killing people in nasty ways and that's it, with the odd bit of fancy witchcraft dialog.

I liked this for being a typical crummy cheesy ass 80's horror flick. The effects look awful now, truly horrific, especially when the Warlock is flying around yikes!. I'm guessing back in the day they weren't too bad but I dunno because I never saw it back in the day. Other than that the film doesn't really hold up too well these days, it looked cheap for its time so now it looks even worse.

A case of the films visuals/special effects looking so bad its cool. Whilst the acting and general feel/atmosphere of the film is darn corny nowadays, its great fun to watch hehe. Not sure why its such a cult film though.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I have a soft spot for this movie, it is like a medieval terminator, plus, it has Richard E Grant and Julian Sands hams it up pretty good.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

What a terrific bad movie! If you're going to go in with a ridiculous premise for a film, you can't do it half-cocked; You have to run with it with furious gusto and and hysterical glee, which is exactly what happened here. This movie is actually pretty well-made: the effects are quite admirable (well, except for the flying warlock) and the writing is actually pretty tight. The dialogue is a little cheesy, but the characters are really well crafted. I think this film should get extra points for not falling into the trap of making their characters (especially the heroine) lunkheads for the sake of advancing the plot. Redferne and Kassandra actually make a pretty adept witch-hunting team and formidable adversaries for the devilishly slimy Warlock.

Oh man. Julian Sands is great in this movie. You can just tell that he's having fun being evil, and that sense of delicious fun is infectious. The Warlock is one of my new favorite cinema villains. I was really impressed with the fire effects, even moreso considering this movie was made in the late 80s. This movie is wonderful trash. I think I might have enjoyed it even more since I was a huge fan of Hocus Pocus as a child. The parallels are unmistakable. This is like Hocus Pocus for grownups, and Sands is as wicked in this movie as Bette Midler was in that one.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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