After loving the first film, it was a sure thing that we would come back for more when we saw the VHS copy of Warlock: The Armageddon sitting on the shelves. Seeing that not only was it a sequel to one of our favorite horror movies, this was one we could not pass up.
Today’s Key Movie:
In an all new story, the Warlock (Julian Sands) returns but this time he is up against an ancient order of Druids who are attempting to prevent the son of Satan from freeing his father from the depths of Hell. Facing off against a young modern Druid Warrior Chris (Kenny Travis) and his girlfriend Samantha (Paula Marshall), the two must find all of the ancient Rune Stones in order to put a stop to The Warlocks nefarious plans.
Why this movie?
Like I said earlier, this was billed as a sequel to one of my favorite horror films, Warlock, and I had to see it. While the movie is less of a true sequel and more of a new story involving the rebirth of The Warlock from the first film, it is still a solid entry in the short lived franchise and certainly a solid horror/adventure film of it’s own.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
This film is a huge departure from the first film, opting to take on more of an adventure film than a horror film but still managing to retain it’s horror roots. This time Julian Sands character is hellbent on allowing Satan to return to Earth but he wasn’t counting on a group of Magical Druids standing in his way. Ultimately the film transforms from just a horror entry to an adventure film with the young heroic lead, Chris Young, learning that he has secret Jedi-like powers that have been passed down through his Druidic blood line. Teaming up with his girlfriend, Samantha (who also happens to be a magical Druid), the two work together to take down the newly born evil.
While the film relies on classic tropes for both horror and magical abilities, the movie itself is a very well written story that really manages to dive deeply into it’s own mythos. I get the feeling that the creators of this film wanted to build a larger universe allowing them to eventually create a television series following the exploits of our Magical Druid Hero. I could honestly have seen this working in the early 90’s with the later hit series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and Supernatural eventually becoming popular hits of their own. I guess, in a way, this film served as sort of a prototype to those very shows.
I found it interesting that there are moments in the film that seem to have been inspired by the work of Sam Rami and his monumental Evil Dead series, from camera angles to some of the rather campy moments but this is a good thing. Blending the dark tone of the first film and adding in a little more fun gives this entry a pleasant levity that balances Julian Sands dark portrayal of The Warlock.
All in all, this is a great film on it’s own whether you have watched the first entry or not. It is fun, dark and exciting throughout, presenting some pretty amazing visuals and moments that will stick with you for quite some time. Lots of blood, lots of action and ,while hokey at times, I still find this movie to be a joy to watch, having aged very well since it’s release over 25 years ago. With great special effects, a solid score and a fantastic cast including R.G. Armstrong, Charles Hallahan, Bruce Glover and Steve Kahan, this is a must see for any fan of early 90’s movies.
OK, where do I get this movie?
You can get this one for around $9 and it is also on digital platforms all over. The HD version looks really solid so if you can find it on Bluray, I highly recommend it.
There is a third film but, as it didn’t have Julian Sands in it, I found it mostly forgettable. I may have to revisit it some day…
As usual, the trailer:
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