Warlock : The Armageddon (Part 2) title

Tag Line : The Son of Satan is raising Hell.

Warlock : The Armageddon (part 2).The Warlock is back and he's raising hell once again in this low-budget sequel by director Anthony Hickox. The plot this time round concerns the attempts of a group of modern day druids trying to prevent the forces of hell from being released during an impending solar eclipse.

However, on the other side of the country, an unsuspecting young girl suddenly gives birth to an evil blob of black goo. Then low an behold, from the centre of this mess, up pops Julian Sands reprising his role as the wicked warlock.

The Warlock has to obtain 6 rune stones to enable him to open the gates to hell, which can only be done during the upcoming eclipse, and so carves a trail across the country dropping fashion designers through skylights, imprisoning carnival owners in mirrors, and turning company executives into works of art as he relieves the rune stones from their possession.

The last two rune stones are held by the small group of druids, who live in a small mid-western town out in the country. Their only defence against the warlock is to train two of their kind as warriors, but being as they're all a bit old and crumbly, think it's best to try and train two of their teenage kids, namely Kenny (Chris Young) and Samantha (played by the lovely Paula Marshall).

And so the scene is set for a final showdown, as the two teenagers attempt to prevent the evil warlock from obtaining the rune stones and opening the hell gate. Julian Sands is as menacing as ever, and there are some truly great gags such as where a prostitute asks him "You would tell me if my hair looked a mess would you?" and so he pulls her hair off, shows it too her and replies "See for yourself". But the film sadly lacks the charm and mysticism of the first, and the special effects look terrible even by early 90's standards.

To sum up I would say that the film is quite watchable, but unfortunately is nowhere near as good as the original. Fans of the first will probably be disappointed, but at least Sands character is as evil and menacing as ever.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines, "When he comes...all Hell breaks loose", "Let The Armageddon Begin".

  • Director Anthony Hickox also directed "Hellraiser 3 : Hell on Earth", as well as the "Waxwork" films. He also has a brief cameo role, appearing as the 'Dark Leader' during the films intro.

  • The films budget was $3,000,000.

  • Frank LaLoggia was originally assigned to direct, but the studios thought his planned version of the film would be far too expensive to shoot, so he was replaced with Anthony Hickox.

  • Steve Kahan who plays Kenny's father Will Travis is probably better known for his role as Captain Murphy from the "Lethal Weapon" films.

  • R.G Armstrong who plays Franks, previously played General Philips in "Predator".

  • Zach Gallichan, who plays Douglass, also played Billy Peltzer in "Gremlins". He also played Mark in "Waxwork".

  • Paula Marshall also starred in "Hellraiser 3" .

  • The US DVD is apparently slightly cut compared to some European releases. This shortens the "birth" scene, which misses out a shot of slime running down the woman's legs, and shortens the scene where the Warlock  exits the blood drenched lift, so you don't get to see the gory walls.

  • John Carpenter regular George "Buck" Flower has a minor role as one of the townsfolk. He can usually be found in typecast roles as a hobo or down-and-out.

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