Lord of Illusions (1995) – WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?

Clive Barker has written many novels, short stories, plays, and comic books over the course of his career, and is also a prolific artist. And he has directed three feature films. The first, Hellraiser, is widely considered to be a genre classic. The second, Nightbreed, has a large cult following. But the third, Lord of Illusions (watch it HERE), isn’t as popular as its predecessors. And with the latest episode of our video series WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?, we’re trying to figure out why. Check it out in the embed above!

Written by Barker and based on his short story The Last Illusion, Lord of Illusions has the following synopsis:

Private eye Harry D’Amour travels to Los Angeles and meets with a new client, Dorothea Swann. Swann reveals that she and her husband — famed magician Philip Swann — have been targeted by a religious cult experimenting with reincarnation. After Philip dies on stage in the midst of a dangerous trick, D’Amour must struggle to protect Dorothea from the ruthless cult members and their newly reanimated religious leader, Nix.

The film stars Scott Bakula, Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O’Connor, Daniel Von Bargen, and Vincent Schiavelli.

This is what the WTF Happened to This Horror Movie series is all about:

Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster, but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Either way, we have to ask: WTF Happened To This Horror Movie?

The Lord of Illusions episode of WTF Happened to This Horror Movie was Written by Eric Walkuski, Edited and Narrated by Tyler Nichols, Produced by Lance Vlcek and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

A couple of the previous episodes of the show can be seen below. To see more, head over to our JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel – and subscribe while you’re there!

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of JoBlo.com, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.