June 2, 1989 – In UK cinemas: Warlock and Child’s Play

“HE’S COME FROM THE PAST TO DESTROY THE FUTURE”

Warlock-1989Warlock is an American cult supernatural horror film produced and directed by Steve Miner and starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. It was written by David Twohy with a soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith. The story concerns an evil 17th century warlock who flees to the 20th century pursued by a witch-hunter.

The Warlock (Sands) is taken captive in 1691 by the witch-hunter Giles Redferne (Grant). He is sentenced to death for his activities, including the bewitching of Redferne’s bride-to-be; but, before the execution, Satan appears and propels the Warlock forward in time to 20th century Los Angeles, California. Redferne follows through the portal.

The Warlock attempts to assemble The Grand Grimoire, a Satanic book that will revealCinema-UK-06-02-1989a the “true” name of God. Redferne and The Warlock then embark on a cat-and-mouse chase with the Grand Grimoire and Kassandra (Singer), a waitress who encounters Giles attempting to use a witch compass to track the Warlock. Explaining some basic rules of the Warlock, such as their weakness to purified salt, Kassandra follows Giles after seeing the compass work and, knowing the warlock stole her bracelet, putting an aging spell on her.

The Warlock assembles two-thirds of the Grimoire; and Giles is stunned to learn that the last portion is buried in his grave, buried in church lands under the cursed sign of a witch. The Warlock appears and starts a ritual to assemble the Grimoire. After seeing the name of God appear on the book, The Warlock is about to call it out and unmake existence when Kassandra injects him with salt water, and he bursts into flame. Redferne returns to his own time. In the epilogue, Kassandra is seen burying the Grimoire in the Great Salt Flats. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the LionsgateVOD YouTube Channel.

“When most people have nightmares they dream of Freddie. When Freddie has nightmares he dreams of Chucky. You’ll wish it was only make believe.”

Childs_Play-1989Child’s Play is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed by Tom Holland and written by Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia. It is the first film in the Child’s Play franchise and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. It stars Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif. Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives her son a doll for his birthday, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of an infamous serial killer.

The film grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million. AlongCinema-UK-06-02-1989b with the film gaining a cult following, the box office success spawned a franchise consisting of five sequels, along with merchandise and comic books. Child’s Play was the only film in the series released by MGM/UA, as the rights to the series were sold to Universal Studios in 1990, right before production on Child’s Play 2 started. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

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