1989 / Director. Steve Miner.
I wouldn't know how to hate Warlock nor would I know how to find reasons to. I've grown up with it, seen it dozens of times and it is still as entertaining and affective as it ever was. I think it holds up fantastically all these years later. I was 11 years old when I first saw it and I remember exactly where I was at the time. It left a huge impact on me and now tonight I have introduced my 11 year old son to it. He came away from it with the same reaction I had back in 1990... wonder, amazement and a sense of being completely entertained. The film tells of a Warlock who conjures a spell and travels 300 years into the future. He has been tasked with compiling Satan's bible, which has been separated into 3 books across the United States. Julian Sands is the Warlock and it is arguably the performance of his career. Despite being a seasoned Shakespearian thespian, he relishes this role as though it were the same calibre as Hamlet. His angelic face lends him an aura of menace that I cannot imagine too many others achieving so charismatically. His archival is Redfern, a witch hunter who has a score to settle. Following the Warlock through time, Redfern pursues him across the country to exact revenge and save humanity. Legendary actor Richard E Grant is fantastic as Redfern as he not only focuses on his pursuit but also has trouble adapting to modern technology. He provides the comical relief in the film and I also think it's a high point for Grant in terms of performance. Directed by horror veteran Steve Miner (Friday The 13th Parts 2, Lake Placid) and written by David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Fugitive), Warlock has appreciated into a cult film that's more appreciated now than it was in 89. Another iconic horror maestro hero of mine, Brian Yuzna also produced Warlock. If you haven't seen it then I hope this endorsement spurs you to find it. It's practically flawless in my eyes and balances horror and comedy marvellously.