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Tag Line : He's come from the past to destroy the future.

WarlockDirector Steve Miner teamed up with scriptwriter David Twohy to bring us this highly enjoyable romp through time, combining modern day horror with medieval sword and sorcery, as an evil Warlock from the 17th century descends on present day Massachusetts.

The film starts off in the year 1691, and witch-hunter Giles Redferne (played by a youthful Richard E. Grant) has captured the evil sorcerer (Julian Sands), and now the villagers of the New England town are getting ready for their first annual witch burning.

However, this unholy son of Satan happens to have friends in very low places, and before his execution, disappears in an evil wind. Flashing forward to present day Boston Massachusetts, and an unwanted visitor arrives on the doorstep of young Kassandra (Lori Singer) and her flatmate Chas.

Yep, you've guessed it. The warlock is in town, which has the unfortunate consequence of leaving Chas dead, and Kassandra aging at a rate of 20 years per day after the warlock curses her. But help is at hand, enter Giles Redferne who has followed the evil sorcerer through time to try and prevent him from obtaining the pages of a book known as the "Grand Grimoire". The bible of Satan.

The book has been scattered into three segments, and Giles knows only too well that if the Warlock possesses them he can undo all of creation. And so the race is on to try and save the world, and more importantly Kassandra's good looks, as they try to prevent the warlock from obtaining the segments of the book.

If you enjoyed the sword and sorcery of "Highlander", or your into medieval horror, or even classic horror, or you just like some plain tongue-in-cheek fun, you should definitely enjoy this film. Julian Sands is aptly cast as the evil warlock, Lori Singer's character is wonderfully camp, as the streetwise 20 year old Kassandra, and Richard E. Grant is hilarious as the witch-hunting Giles Referne, who goes around spouting ancient celtic to bewildered bystanders.

Overall Marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "Satan also has one son".

  • Director Steve Miner also worked on some of the early Friday the 13th movies, as well as directing the 7th Halloween film "Halloween H20". His film debut was as an assistant producer on cult exploitation shocker "Last House on the Left" which also marked the debut of fellow producer Sean Cunningham and director Wes Craven.

  • The films budget was $7,000,000.

  • The film was completed in 1988, but not released until 1991, as New World pictures went bankrupt shortly after completion. The film was eventually released by Trimark pictures.

  • David Twohy also scripted the film "Timescape" (aka The Grand Tour) and co-wrote the ill fated "Alien 3".

  • Richard E Grant's first appearance in a horror film.

  • Lori Singer may best be known to Sci-Fi fans for her role in the 90's series VR-5.

  • The original theatrical trailer had a different take on the scene where he meets the psychic medium, in which she is frozen to death, and there was a line about him being the son of Satan. However, test audiences reacted negatively to the scene, so it was reshot and the line about him being the son of Satan removed.

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