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Synopsis:

An evil warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century and works to unleash Satan upon the world in these three supernaturally chilling films.

What We Thought:

Warlock is just like every other horror/science fiction franchise of the 1980s/1990s, the first film is pretty decent then they progressively get worse as they go along. It’s a lot like the Wishmaster series which I reviewed recently as well.

The first film, simply titled Warlock is similar to Highlander, but not nearly as good. It starts out in the 1600s with a warlock about to be executed. He gets transported to the 1980s along with the man who was supposed to execute him, Redferne. Of course both men are out-of-place and have a hard time understanding the 20th Century.

The special effects are very 1980s. They are kind of laughable by today’s standards, but back then they were cool. My biggest issue with the film is the inaccuracies in it. The witch hunter Redferne and Kassandra with a K, travel to Boston to find the last piece of the book. They go to an old church in Boston and meet a pastor. The pastor helps them then goes home to his wife. Being from Boston myself, the pastor should be a priest and even wears a priest’s clothes and a priest would never have a wife. I did love the Boston cabbie with his Celtics logos though. It’s not a great movie, but it’s the best of the bunch.

Warlock: The Armageddon sees Julian Sands return as the Warlock this time he’s trying to unleash Satan through six mystical stones. An order of Druids use their two children to battle the warlock. The effects in this one are really bad. The spinning stones and creatures are made through early 1990s CGI and you definitely laugh at them today. What stands out to me is one of the kids, the lead young actor, is played by Chris Young who I know from PCU. When the best part of the film is remembering an actor from a different movie, well that’s not a good sign.

The third film is Warlock: The End of Innocence. Julian Sands isn’t in this one. This is from 1999 and sees a young college student inheriting an old house and the Warlock wants her bloodline. The best part of this is that not one of the college kids looks young enough to be in college. They look mid to late 20s at the youngest. It being from 1999 it did remind me of my younger days so that is something I guess. This clearly closes out the trilogy and is barely watchable. This is THE definition of 1990’s straight to video filmmaking.

Vestron’s Warlock Collection is a nice trip down memory lane. They aren’t great movies, but I’m sure someone is dying to get this collection. This set has a TON of bonus features as well so if you are a fan of the series, definitely pick this up, you’ll love it.

WARLOCK SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 1) 

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Steve Miner
  • NEW Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Author Jeff Bond
  • NEW Interviews:
  • o   “Satan’s Son” with Actor Julian Sands
  • o   “The Devil’s Work” with Director Steve Miner
  • o   “Effects of Evil” with Make-up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
  • Vintage Featurette with Make-Up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Vintage Featurette with Visual Effects Supervisors Patrick Read Johnson and Robert Habros, Animation Supervisor Mauro Maressa, and Matte Artist Robert Scifo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Video Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 2)

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hickox
  • Vintage Making-of Featurette Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Extended Vintage Interview Segments with Actor Julian Sands, Director Anthony Hickox, and Actress Paula Marshall
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

WARLOCK III: THE END OF INNOCENCE SPECIAL FEATURES (Disc 2)

  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
  • Trailer
  • Video Sales Promo
  • Still Gallery

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