Lord of Illusions

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In theaters Aug 25, 1995
R, 1 hr. 48 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: 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. With several
Director: Clive Barker
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Genre: Horror
Theater Release: Aug 25, 1995
DVD Release: Sep 29, 1998


Scott Bakula

Harry D'Amour
Kevin J. O'Connor

Philip Swann
Famke Janssen

Sheila Tousey

Jennifer Desiderio
J. Trevor Edmond

Young Butterfield
Wayne Grace

Joel Sweto

Susan Traylor

Marueen Pimm


Critic Reviews

  • Barker's visual side dominates its literary equivalent this time out, resulting in a time-killer that may amuse fans until illusion is shattered by the rolling of the end credits. More...
  • It's a sad day for both fright fans and the man Stephen King once prophesied was "the future of horror". More...
  • a cool flick from the master of grotesque More...
  • A terrific little horror film expertly renderd from Barker's own short story. More...
  • Better than people give it credit for, especially if the viewer fully appreciates the gay subtext. More...
  • Odd, but not uninteresting horror opus from Clive Barker. More...
  • High concept, wavering script, completely weird. More...
  • A shocking, thrilling, anything goes film noir bloodbath that even has a baboon as a character! More...
  • Part Noir, Part Scarefest....Prepare to be Blown Away by it's uniqueness More...
  • Lord of Illusions is also quite repulsive, as it mixes the '40s-style film noir detective genre with ritual killings and supernatural demons. More...

User Reviews

  • Clive Barker's Lords of Illusions is a slightly more developed film than his previous film, Night breed. I thought that Night breed was a decent...
  • I had such high hopes for this movie; based on a book by Clive Barker and with a good cast. I even liked the theme of real magic being resisted by one...
  • You know when you're watching a film by Clive Barker, that you're in good-hands. When I saw this film was floored by an oddly-believable tale of...
  • Clive Barker's movie about a detective investigating a stage magician with real tricks, a series of grisly murders, and their connections with and a...
  • Visual masturbation, pure and simple.
  • Pretty good effort from Clive Barker. It had a really cool concept and Clive Barker has always been good at creating some very dark and creepy...
  • Fantastic!