20 Films That Prove The 1990s Was The Worst Decade For Horror

13. Lord Of Illusions

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It's easy to blame Hellraiser: Bloodline's problems on the lack of input from series creator Clive Barker, who moved from novelist to filmmaker with the original 1987 Hellraiser. However, it's clear from Barker's limited filmography that he too has had some difficulty in bringing his visions to life, as evidenced by this weak 1995 effort, notably Barker's final film as a director to date.

Adapting his own short story The Last Illusion, Barker cast Scott Bakula as occult private detective Harry D'Amour (a recurring character in Barker's books), who is on a case involving a famed stage magician whose stage show incorporates very real magic. Famke Janssen co-stars as the magician's wife, although she comes off more as a gangster's moll.

All the elements would seem to be in place for an enticing blend of supernatural shocker and film noir - and yet, Lord of Illusions winds up bland and forgettable. The gritty, envelope-pushing feel of Hellraiser and Barker's second movie Nightbreed are missing, and it all just feels a bit safe, which is the last thing anybody wants from a horror movie - least of all a horror movie with Clive Barker's name on it.

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