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Warlock

1989, Horror, 1h 43m

17 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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In 17th-century New England, witch hunter Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) captures an evil warlock (Julian Sands), but the conjurer eludes death with supernatural help. Flung into the future, the warlock winds up in the 1980s and plans to bring about the end of the world. Redferne follows the enchanter into the modern era and continues his mission, but runs into trouble in such unfamiliar surroundings. With the help of a young woman (Lori Singer), can Redferne finally defeat the warlock?

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  • Jul 01, 2020
    Warlock has been a film I've wanted to view for years. The VHS version of the film had been worn out and it proved difficult to find on DVD. I managed to find it on Blu-ray and I must say they have done well with the remaster. The film overall has aged considerably and the makeup in particular is laughable. It's quite weird the filmmaker allowed one of the cast to look so badly for the early part of the film. You would've thought the filmmakers knowing the budget limitations would have changed the script to ensure this wasn't so noticeable. Julian Sands is strong as the lead villain but it's the dynamite casting of Robert E. Grant that surprised me the most. Both of these actors are known for villainous roles and this is a rare lead heroic role for Grant. The film is typically B grade stuff and it rarely overcomes the budget restraints. It is fun at times but not a cult classic worth recommended. Only fans of the writer, director and stars might be interested. 01/07/2020
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  • Apr 29, 2013
    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.
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  • Nov 17, 2010
    Warlock is classic fun
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  • Oct 21, 2010
    Magic Casting Makes the Movie This is fairly bog-standard B-Movie action/horror fare with a basic plot and a modest budget which is lifted into a much better film by some inspired casting. Richard E Grant is excellent as the Witchsniffer and Julian Sands creepily convincing and sinister as the VERY EVIL Warlock of the title. The script has a nice balance of action, horror and tongue-in-cheek humour and the cinematic values are quite acceptable too. All in all a watchable and enjoyable movie that certainly would have been far less memorable without the MAGIC of Messrs Sands and Grant.
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