Lord of Illusions
Lord of Illusions (1995)

A private investigator hired to protect a popular stage magician finds himself drawn into a dark, occult underworld in this supernatural horror film from writer-director Clive Barker. With several nods to film noir tradition, the danger… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

Barker's visual side dominates its literary equivalent this time out, resulting in a time-killer that may amuse fans until illusion is shattered by the rolling of the end credits.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

a cool flick from the master of grotesque

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Odd, but not uninteresting horror opus from Clive Barker.

Jeff Beck

Sadly, with Lord of Illusions, Clive Barker stumbles into the same pitfalls he did when he made Nightbreed just five years earlier. It's dull, unengaging, and features a plot that is stretched out far past its breaking point.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A terrific little horror film expertly renderd from Barker's own short story.

Kevin A. Ranson

High concept, wavering script, completely weird.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

It's a sad day for both fright fans and the man Stephen King once prophesied was "the future of horror".

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Better than people give it credit for, especially if the viewer fully appreciates the gay subtext.

Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A shocking, thrilling, anything goes film noir bloodbath that even has a baboon as a character!

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Prophesied by Stephen King to be the new savant of horror, novelist Clive Barker doesn't laxly embark on big-screen descents. For Barker, the scariest… More
David Ladd
You know when you're watching a film by Clive Barker, that you're in good-hands. When I saw this film was floored by an oddly-believable tale of… More
Alex roy
Clive Barker's Lords of Illusions is a slightly more developed film than his previous film, Night breed. I thought that Night breed was a decent affair,… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Clive Barker's movie about a detective investigating a stage magician with real tricks, a series of grisly murders, and their connections with and a… More
Emily Armstrong
I had such high hopes for this movie; based on a book by Clive Barker and with a good cast. I even liked the theme of real magic being resisted by one talented… More
Mace Reynr
Visual masturbation, pure and simple.

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