Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Famke Janssen, Vincent Schiavelli, Daniel Von Bargen. Written and directed by Clive Barker. Rated R for violence, nudity, profanity.

Stephen King sat by and watched one of his books after another get butchered by various directors and decided that he could do better himself. "Maximum Overdrive", a colossal bomb, was the result. Clive Barker, whose name is mentioned only second to King as a horror master, didn't learn the lesson of his predecessor. Mr. Barker took it upon himself to direct the film version of his "Lord of Illusions" and bungled just as badly.

Philip Swann (Kevin J. O'Connor) takes a small band of people into the lair of the evil magician Nix (Daniel Von Bargen) and proceeds to kill him. Years later, the small band of people start getting killed off and rumors of Nix's return begin to float around. Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula), a private investigator who frequently deals with supernatural phenomena, stumbles into the middle of this deadly situation and attempts to figure out what is going on. Death, it seems, is just an illusion.

Made on what appears to be a shoestring budget, "The Lord of Illusions" looks and plays like a low-rent version of "Candyman", itself no cinematic masterpiece. Give this one a wide berth.

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