Horror film directed by Steve Miner and starring Julian Sands, Richard E. Grant, and Lori Singer. The story opens in the year 1691, where the eponymous villain (Sands) is sent 300 years into the future, arriving in 1991 (technically 1988, as the film was completed in that year, but didn't find a distributor until 3 years later). He is pursued by witch-hunter Giles Redferne (Grant).The Warlock is tasked by Satan with finding the three parts of the Grand Grimoire, which contains the true name of God. Redferne meets Kassandra, a young woman who was cursed by the Warlock to age rapidly until she dies of old age, and informs her that speaking God's true name backwards will cause The End of the World as We Know It. So Redferne and Kassandra join forces to stop the Warlock before he finds all three parts of the Grand Grimoire.The film was followed by two sequels, Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) and Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999).Not to be confused with 1959 Henry Fonda Western of the same name.
This film contains examples of:
Badass Normal: Redferne has only his combat skills and his limited magical knowledge to defeat the powerful Warlock.
Deal with the Devil: Of a sort, the Warlock is acting on Satan's behalf, but as his willing agent. He thanks the Devil for freeing him from his captivity, but demands a hefty reward before carrying out his plan to destroy the world.
Demonic Possession: The Warlock tricks a phony medium to channel the Devil by providing her with one of his lesser known names. The medium mutates to something more demonic and the Devil offers the host's eyes for the Warlock's use.
Evil Brit: The Warlock speaks in an English accent, implying that he was a recent colonist in the Boston area during his initial capture in 1691.
Evil Gloating: Really, Why Don't Ya Just Shout The True Name Of God Backwards Instead Of Gloat Your Victory?
Evil Is Not a Toy: Or rather, Talking With The Dead Is Not A Toy, even if you're just pretending.
Evil Laugh: The Warlock gives an evil laugh when a young boy asks him what he needs to be able to fly, which is to sacrifice the child.
Evil Sorcerer: The Warlock is a servant of Satan, tries to destroy the world, and mutilates innocent people for fun.
Eye of Newt: The Warlock uses the body fat of a non-baptised child as a levitation potion. Baptise your children, people!
Eye Scream: A seer offers her assistance helping the Warlock find what he is missing. He takes her up on the offer, literally, by taking her eyes. Later, you can see the eyes, with some of her optic nerves still attached, moving in the direction of the Warlock's book.
Fate Worse Than Death: Discussed when Kassandra questions why the Warlock didn't just kill her instead of casting a Rapid Aging curse on her that would do the process much more slowly, and says she can't imagine a worse fate. Redferne confirms that this was the Warlock's intention.
Faux Affably Evil: The Warlock provides a pleasant demeanor before he starts butchering people.
Fingersnap Lighter: The title character does this a couple of times, including generating a green flame to heat up some food and red flames while performing a magical ritual.
Fish out of Temporal Water: Subverted, as Redferne mostly adapts to our time surprisingly well, sometimes even better than its native residents. He ends up having to remind Kassandra to keep her eyes on the road when they're driving her car.
Flight: If the Warlock performs a certain spell for which he needs to kill and harvest a child, he can fly through the air at his own discretion.
I Have Many Names: The Warlock uses this to trick a professional medium into channeling Satan. When he asks her to channel his father's spirit and she asks for a name, the Warlock replies "he has many names". When she says that she only needs one, he deliberately gives her one of the Devil's more esoteric names.
Large Ham: "I KNOW THEE! I KNOW THY NAME! I KNOW THE WORD THAT CAN UNDO ALL OF CREATION!"
Redferne gets his moment with this quote:
Redferne: (to Pastor) Our interest lies in stopping those who would see all good falter. It lies in stopping the powers of misrule from coming of age. It lies in finding that damned book, and thwarting a vile beast of a man who shall not rest until God Himself is thrown down, and all of creation becomes Satan's black, hell-besmeared farting hole!
My Nayme Is: the female hero is named Kassandra. She says that it's "Kassandra with a K" and the male hero calls her that when speaking to her.
Omnicidal Maniac: The Warlock tries to collect the Grand Grimoire to reverse God's work and unmake creation itself to advance himself in Satan's eyes.
Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Pretty much the crux of Satan and the Warlock's plan. In the 1600s, The Warlock was being hunted by Redferne and everyone knew to be on the lookout for witches and their modus operandi. Sending the Warlock into the future to 1991, where modern people thought of witches as fantasy, would have allowed him to operate with impunity. That is until Redferne follows him to the present.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The Warlock curses the heroine to age by 20 years each day just For the Evulz. However, she managed to reverse the spell and restore her youth.
Powered by a Forsaken Child: According to the Warlock, one of the ingredients of a flying potion is the rendered fat of an unbaptised child. While in modern times there are alternatives that are not fatal to the child, the character is from the 17th century, back when there were no alternatives, and kills the child extracting it. The potion is based on a (supposed) actual witches recipe of the era ("fat of unbaptised brat" even gets a mention in Shakespeare). Likewise the nail in the footprint has a real world source.
Rapid Aging: The curse placed on Kassandra by the Warlock causes her to age twenty years each night. Since she was about twenty years old already, this gives her and the warlock-hunting hero only three or four days to find and defeat the Warlock before she dies of old age.
Satan: The Warlock considers Satan his father, and conjures him in a human vessel to receive further orders.
Shown Their Work: A surprising amount of genuine witchcraft lore, such as the weakness to salt, the various signs a witch is near (horses sweating, cream going sour, bread not rising), the nailing of the footprints causing pain, and even the fat of an unbaptized child being used for flight.
Spanner in the Works: While Redferne is deliberately trying to stop the Warlock and defeat his plan, following the Warlock into the present was definitely not planned by either party.
Spell My Name with an S: Kassandra notes that her name is spelled with a K, and Redferne takes this to be her name.
Spooky Seance: The Warock went to a supposed medium to contact his demonic boss and has his patience is tested when it is obvious that she is faking it. However, his demonic master suddenly takes possession of the medium for real and they get down to business.
Technicolor Fire: When the title villain is nearby, ordinary fire becomes an eerie shade of blue.
Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Grand Grimoire is a Satanic book broken up long ago. When brought together it reveals the hidden name of God, which if said backwards will undo all that he created and destroy the world.
Tongue Trauma: The first thing The Warlock does in the movie of the same name is bite some poor shmuck's tongue off and make an omelete of it.
Walking Wasteland: The title character has a power often attributed to witches in Real Life: when he's in the area milk turns sour.
Weaksauce Weakness: The warlock has a couple of weaknesses in the first movie that are easily exploited: The first is holy ground, which is obvious, since he's a minion of the devil. The other is one is salt, which can be found almost anywhere. This weakness is actually taken from folklore. Salt was used historically in European countries and their derivatives in order to detect or fight witchcraft. In fact, one method of torture used to attempt to force a confession from a witch was to feed them salty food and deny them water. Driving a nail into his footprints also causes him pain as if it were being driven into his foot. At one point he cleverly holds a board against his feet to prevent this.
Whip It Good: Redferne uses a whip coated in salt against the Warlock.
The Witch Hunter: The 17th century Giles Redferne is a fairly benevolent example, contrasting strongly with the immensely evil Warlock. He ostensibly became one after the Warlock murdered his wife, and tries to save as many lives as possible from his enemy's magical malice. He only has his salt-coated whip, knives, and some limited knowledge of the Warlock's weaknesses to defeat him.
Would Hurt a Child: The Warlock skins a young boy because he was an unbaptized firstborn son, which means he can use the boy's fatty tissue for a spell that will allow him to fly unguided. He also takes note of a priest's pregnant wife, and threatens to kill the man's unborn children if he doesn't cooperate.
Younger Than They Look: This happens to Kassandra, who spends about half the film looking forty, then sixty, thanks to the Warlock's curse.
The second film contains examples of:
And I Must Scream: The Warlock gets an art collector to hand over one of the gems that he is seeking by offering him "the greatest piece your gallery has ever seen". He didn't tell him that the collector himself would become that piece.
Gorn: The Warlock doesn't spare any power when it comes to murdering people in visceral fashion.
Hell on Earth: The Warlock, the son of Satan, tryes to bring his master to earth and bring about this scenario.