Lord of Illusions (1995) is a strange one indeed. While it carries a few of the characters from Clive Barker’s short story The Last Illusion, that is it, but it doesn’t stop me for enjoying both equally. Besides, it’s not like Hellraiser is an exact translation of Hellbound Heart.
The story follows Harry D’Amour’s investigation into the death of Philip Swann, thirteen years after he imprisoned the Puritan. Since I try to stay away from spoilers, even with older movies, that is all I’m going to say about the storyline.
I find it interesting that the stuff pinned to the board in D’Amour’s office is linked to The Great and Secret Show, but nothing else is every mentioned, and we definitely didn’t get a movie for it or Everville. At the time of it’s release, I wasn’t sure about Scott Bakula being cast for D’Amour, because of his role in Quantum Leap. My mind quickly changed, the first time he appeared on the screen.
The graphic effects in this movie are very cool and not overdone as many of the movies of the time had been, showing off all the new toys for no reason at all. In the soundtrack, we get a taste of Erasure’s cover of Magic Moments.
Everything about this movie is appealing. If you haven’t seen it, you need to, and if you have, watch it again. I give Lord of Illusions 5 out of 5 Stars.