Warlock

Warlock (1989) Movie Poster - ID: 352368 - Image Abyss

Day 16 of the NOFS 31-day horror challenge is guilty pleasure. This was a problem for me, just because I’ve decided in the last five years to not feel guilty about anything that I like. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but I knew the one criteria that it had to hit was that I had to have seen it before. After a search that included help from a few of my friends, I decided to go with Warlock. I went with it because I hadn’t seen it in a while and I loved it when I was a kid. If I were to choose between the two movies in the series, because the third hadn’t come out yet, I would usually watch the second movie.

Warlock was directed by Steve Miner. It was written by David Twohy. The movies that these two have made makes this movie pretty wild in retrospect. Steve Miner had directed two of the first three Friday the 13ths and House before this so he was pretty well steeped in horror. David Twohy had only written Critters 2 before this but he would go on to write among other things Waterwold and Pitch Black.

Warlock stars Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. Julian Sands as the titular character is far more menacing than you would expect from a tall blonde Englishman. To compare this version of the character to the version in the next movie he’s incredibly subdued. He really gets to go all out in the second movie. Lori Singer’s role as Kassandra is pretty funny in retrospect, since she’s what people would call a millennial nowadays. She experiences growth and the most changed out of the three characters. Richard E. Grant is great in his role as the witch-hunter Redferne because he gets to ham it up. He gets the most dialect from the 17th century and I feel like he had a lot of fun with it.

The plot centers on a warlock from Boston in 1691. He had recently been captured by witch-hunter Giles Redferne, though you don’t actually learn his name until the climax of the movie. The warlock is propelled forward almost 300 years and Redferne follows closely after. The Warlock lands in the living room of Kassandra and her housemate Chas. This leads Kassandra to team with Redferne to hunt down the warlock. They embark on a cross country hunt for him before he can bring together the Grand Grimoire and unmake the world.

Warlock has some pretty early visual effects that considering how early they were done don’t look all that bad. They look a little goofy but they don’t necessarily look bad, unlike some of the CG that happens now. The score was done by Jerry Goldsmith. I was surprised because I hadn’t realized that he had done the music for this movie. It does explain why it sounds good. There are also good practical effects in the movie. The stunt team did a great job with the harness stuff that was in the movie. The costume department did a great job, especially the people behind the three leads costumes. You can tell their personalities from their clothes.

Warlock is a fun watch. I enjoyed it a lot, even though I hadn’t seen it in a long time. I won’t give an number of years because I don’t want to make myself feel old. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video. I will give Warlock 8 weathervane spears out of 10.

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