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Monday, April 2, 2012

Warlock (1989)

Warlock is a fun, imaginative film.  I'm not sure why critics only give it a 5.9 on IMDB.  It deserves much better.  Warlock is the story of a warlock [Surprise!  Surprise!] who flees from the 17th century to the 20th century in search of parts of a missing book that would give him tremendous power.  Julian Sands [Gothic, Arachnophobia, Tale of a Vampire] is perfect for the part.  He has the look, the attitude, and fills the screen with his commanding presence.  The Warlock is pursued by a witch hunter form the same time period who is played by Richard E. Grant [Dracula - 1992 version, Corpse Bride] who sports some bad Braveheart hair.  In spite of this, he does a great job with the character, adding both humor and pathos to the film.
His modern gal tag along is noneother than Lori Singer [Footloose] who sports a really tortured hairdo herself.  [Where's the hot oil treatment when you need one?]  She does a nice job with the role even when they have to apply tons of old lady make-up on her face for several scenes in the film.  My only beef is that when they portray her as a 60 year old, she hobbles around like a 90 year old.  It feels a nit overdone.
Speaking of effects, they are really nice in Warlock.  I especially like the way the Warlock conjures up fire from his fingertips.  The look of the flames is actually quite beautiful.  The rest of the effects are solid as well and work really well on screen.
The icing in the cake is a great script and beautiful music by composer Jerry Goldsmith [Star Trek movies, Omen] who has more movie credits attached to his resume than I can mention.  His score elevates this film high above many cheesy synth driven scores that appeared in 1980's films.  Director Steve Miner keeps the action humming along nicely and doesn't let the special effects overpower the story.  I think Warlock is a classic and should be seen by everyone.  Don't miss it.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. Love that movie. Hollywood doesn't make movie like that anymore.