The movie begins by landing us in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1691 where a group of town elders are laying sentence on an evil Warlock (Julian Sands). The Warlock was captured by Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) who became a witch-hunter after his wife was be-spelled by the evil bastard and now revels in the fact that the warlock will finally burn for his crimes, but all the gloating in the world won’t help when Satan is waiting to play his hand. Strange storm clouds begin to form above the tower where the Warlock is held, Redferne runs back up the tower stairs but when he tries to stop the Warlock from escaping he is caught up in the spell as well.
Cloud-tank generated storms are a sure sign of 80s horror.
Tip #1 – Good Samaritans in horror films have poor life expectancy.
For a warlock first base is apparently breakfast.
“And if you happen to come across the Necronomicon grab that one as well.”
Tip #2 – A whip will rarely win against a Taser and a dozen cops.
“Maybe I can get a part in Into the Woods now.”
“I’m not Thelma and you are most definitely not Louise.”
"I'll eat your fat with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
“In the few hours we had together, we liked a lifetime's worth.”
I haven't seen the direct to video sequels, nor am I all that eager to track them down, for the original is a solid little horror flick and I'd rather not tarnish its memory by seeing the half-assed sequels.