January 11th, 1991



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A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.9/10 (6,464 voted)

Director: Steve Miner

Stars: Julian Sands, Lori Singer, Richard E. Grant

In Boston of 1691, a warlock is sentenced to death, but escapes magically into the future (our present), followed doggedly by the witch hunter. There he is searching for the three parts of the Devil's Bible, trailed by the witch hunter and the woman whose house he landed in. They must stop him, as the book contains the true name of God, which he can use to un-create the world.

Julian Sands - Warlock
Lori Singer - Kassandra
Richard E. Grant - Giles Redferne
Mary Woronov - Channeler
Kevin O'Brien - Chas
Richard Kuss - Mennonite
Allan Miller - Detective
Anna Levine - Pastor's Wife
David Carpenter - Pastor
Kay E. Kuter - Proctor
Ian Abercrombie - Magistrate #1
Kenneth Danziger - Magistrate #2
Art Smith - Scribe
Robert Breeze - Jailor
Frank Renzulli - Cabbie

Taglines: Satan also has one son.

Release Date: 11 January 1991

Filming Locations: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £212,568 (UK) (4 June 1989) (148 Screens)

Gross: $9,094,451 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:  | Germany:

Did You Know?

Scene in the theatrical previews indicating that the Warlock was the satanic Messiah was cut some time before video distribution.

Crew or equipment visible: As the Warlock hits the ground after being hit by the weather vane the harness is clearly visible.

Pastor: Can I ask what your interest is in finding such a book?
Giles Redferne: Our interest lies in stopping those who would see all good falter. It lies in stopping the powers of misrule from coming of age. It lies in finding that damned book, and thwarting a vile beast of a man who shall not rest until God himself is thrown down, and all of creation becomes Satan's black hell-besmeared farting hole!
Kassandra: You asked.

User Review

"My Dad hates all that stuff about Jesus and the 12 apostrophes"


It usually takes a special audience to love most of the movies I review. But there's something truly wrong with you if you can't sit back and enjoy Warlock. It's nothing but pure fun. Warlock is a Steve Miner classic. Like his previous film, House, it's loaded with inventiveness. David Twohy's (Pitch Black, Critters 2) script is marvelous and gives us many memorable moments. My favorite occurs when Lori Singer is hammering the Warlock's tracks in the train yard; extremely original. Another great sequence is when the Grand Grimoire is finally assembled. The acting is stellar for the genre. You have gotta love Richard E. Grant's (Bram Stoker's Dracula) accent: "Witches loathe salt." Julian Sands is always superb but is at his most evil in this role. He truly is the Warlock (which is why I'll never watch the third Warlock installment). Steve Miner has brought us some good genre flicks and this is, without a doubt, one of his best (forget about H20).

Note for genre buffs: Look for Ian Abercrombie (Army of Darkness) and Mary Woronov (Deathrace 2000) in small roles.


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