Sunday, July 15, 2012

Amish? No, Mennonite!

I watched Steve Miner's WARLOCK from 1989 last night for the first time in at least 15 years. Actually, I don't think I've watched it since sometime in the mid 90s. Back then it was on a fullscreen video tape and last night it was... also on a fullscreen video tape. Haha. As far as I know the only letterboxed version is the UK DVD. Anyhoo, I watched the film and liked it much better this time around! I think the "problem" back in the old day was that everything that wasn't gory was scourned upon. Well, at least by hardcore splatter movie fans like myself. Joachim Andersson mentioned something similar to me a few days ago and he's right. Often we didn't like films if they lacked in the fake blood and dismembered latex limbs department!

Well, I still love me a good gallon of the red gooey substance but I'm happy to say I can also appreciate a good well-acted story! And WARLOCK is definitely really good and I'm gonna order the DVD! And just HOW OFTEN do you get to hear the line, "Over my rotting corpse!" NOT OFTEN ENOUGH!! But you hear it in WARLOCK. There were some sequels of which I've only seen one and hated it. I should probably give it another chance. The main character is played by Richard E. Grant who was also in the English cult flick WITHNAIL AND I which I've watched many many times over the past twenty years. Lori Singer is his female sidekick and I remember her from the forgotten (but cool) TV series "Fame" (I taped them all on Betamax, haha). Highly recommended.


  1. I haven't seen Warlock but I wholeheartedly recommend that you read Grant's With Nails - The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant (published by Picador). It's a very funny and honest chronicle of his life and work during the ten year period of 1985-95 (from Withnail and I to Prêt-à-Porter).
    I have yet to see all of his films but always enjoy his performances. He's such a fascinating actor.

  2. Thanks, Nicolai. I'll certainly check it out. Hands down WITHNAIL AND I is one of my all time favourite films. I haven't seen too many films he's been in but I thought WARLOCK was pretty good. But still, it's a mere footnote in his filmography compare to WITHNAIL.