Warlock 3 : The End of Innocence title

Tag Line : He'll take your soul...if you let him.

Warlock 3 : The End of Innocence New story, new warlock. College student Kris Miller (Ashley Lawrence) is surprised to find she's inherited a 16th century mansion from a long lost relative. The local council have condemned the building and so have asked her to remove any property she wishes to keep before it's torn down.

Kris and her college chums decide to spend the weekend at the old mansion, however things take a turn for the worse when a mysterious stranger named Philip Covington calls round, expressing an interest in the property.

It turn out this stranger is actually an evil warlock (played by Bruce Payne), and the house had apparently belonged to him several centuries earlier. His real interest is claiming Kris as his eternal bride of darkness, something that he had been prevented from doing by one of her ancestors centuries beforehand.

Strange things start to happen to Kris's friends as the warlock casts his spells over them. One of them, Robin (Boti Ann Bliss), is actually a witch herself and so tries to warn her friends and stop him. But alas to no avail!!!

In the end, Kris is forced to fend off the warlock single-handedly in a final battle that takes place in some weird chamber beneath the mansion. I won't spoil the ending, but there's no prizes for guessing who the victor is! Whilst Bruce Payne does a respectable job at portraying the wicked warlock, as far as sequels go, this is definitely the worst in the Warlock series and I'm sure fans of the original will be disappointed.

The thin cliche'd plot, which seems to borrow elements from The Beyond, and several other horror films (even including a typical loony character warning the cast not to go to the house), is rather predictable and the casting of thirty-something actors in the roles of college students who are meant to be in their early twenties is rather obvious. I should add that the film isn't a total loss, but I would suggest renting as opposed to buying.

Overall marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Bruce Payne, regularly plays movie bad guys, having starred opposite Wesley Snipes in "Passenger 57". His other genre credits include "Necrinomicon", "Howling 6" and "Asylum".

  • The films budget was $2,000,000.

  • Set in America, the movie was actually filmed in County Galway, Ireland.

  • The film's budget wouldn't stretch to using CGI, so most of the effects were practical ones. The few CGI effects that do appear in the film were done as a favour to the director, as he happened to be friends with the people at Hammerhead effects studio, so they agreed to help him out for free.

  • Angel Boris, who plays Lisa, is also a former "Playboy" playmate, having appeared numerous times in the magazine during the 1990s. She was actually made Playmate of the Month for July 1996.

  • The film was originally going to be shot in California, but the original investors pulled out, so they moved the production to Roger Corman's studios in Ireland.

  • Boti Ann Bliss also played Ted's girlfriend in the Biopic "Ted Bundy", she also went on to have a re-occurring role in the popular US TV series "CSI - Miami".

  • Ashley Laurence also starred in the "Hellraiser" films as Kirsty Cotton.

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