Picks and Pans Review: Lord of Illusion
Scott Bakula, Kevin O'Connor, Famke Janssen
This freakfest from writer-director Clive Barker is an entertaining blend of horror and paranormal mumbo jumbo. Bakula plays a New York City private eye who chases a small-time crook into the middle of a California cult. Its leader is O'Connor, a Vegas-style illusionist who is supposed to have learned "real" magic, including levitation, from a demonic guru.
O'Connor's apparent fatal accident onstage introduces Bakula to the regally gorgeous Janssen, who plays the illusionist's terrified wife. Bakula isn't very convincing as a tough guy, but the film's style, more suited to a '40s crime tale, is intriguing. (R)
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