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Film / Warlock III: The End of Innocence

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Warlock: The End of Innocence is the second sequel to Warlock (1989), which was released in 1999 straight to video.

College student Kris (Ashley Laurence) learns that she has inherited an old house. She goes there to learn more about her checkered past, only to run into the Warlock (Bruce Payne), who has his own designs for her.

This film has examples of:

  • Bondage Is Bad: Played with. Lisa and Scott are shown engaging in some light, consensual BDSM that neither party is villified over. However, the Warlock later twists their fantasies into hellish torment to fuck with them.
  • The Corrupter: The Warlock is a lot more subtle this time around, slowly corrupting Kris' friends to become his servants rather than simply going for the kill right away. It's implied that all of Kris' friends showing up to help her unintentionally invoked a protective magic that the Warlock can't simply ignore, so he must convince them to forsake her of their own free will.
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  • Closed Circle: Initially, a searing storm forces the main characters to remain holed up in the Old, Dark House. Later on, after Kris realizes what's really going on and tries to flee, the Warlock traps her in a repeating loop until she's right back where she started.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The main cast all get one of these as the camera moves through their dorm and zooms in on each of their rooms. Kris is a shy art student, her boyfriend Michael is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Jerry is a musician and harbors unrequited feelings for Kris, Scott and Lisa are both into bdsm, and Robin practices magic.
  • Evil Overlooker: The poster shows the Warlock at the top staring intently at the viewer with a Kubrick Stare, as he holds the protagonists in his cupped hands.
  • Evil Wears Black: The Warlock wears an all-black getup, both in the past and the future. They are the exact same clothes, even.
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  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: An old lady tries to warn Kris as she's driving up to the warlock's manor. Kris ignores her, thinking she's just a kook.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Warlock must sacrifice a child born on a blue moon to bring forth a woman that'll breed a race of evil. Kris was supposed to be sacrificed by him over 300 years in the past, but her mother, a witch, sent her forward in time out of his clutches. Now he has a second chance to perform the deed.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: The Warlock grabs Butterfield the historian's throat invisibly with his powers, and follows it by ripping it out with his bare hands.
    Butterfield: I... can't... breathe...
    Warlock: Then let me give you some air.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: The Warlock turns Robin's body into glass, and shatters her by hitting the result with a candlestick. While it leaves almost no trace of the murder, Kris still realizes something is very wrong when she finds a human finger made of glass.
    Warlock: Be still, young witch.
  • Man on Fire: To force Kris' boyfriend Michael to betray her, the Warlock sets him on fire and promises him a release from agony if he complies.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Kris has a nightmare of finding the Warlock kissing her in the place of her boyfriend, then finding the corpse of her friend Lisa downstairs.
  • Numbered Sequels: Used, even though the trope was absent in the previous film.
  • Protective Charm:
    • Robin, a practitioner of good witchcraft, wears a necklace that protects her from evil. The Warlock manipulates Jerry into taking it from her when she's sleeping, so that he can remove another obstacle in his way to get what he wants with Kris.
    • The doll that Kris used to have as a child turns out to be one as well, as it can be used to repel the Warlock. It's because a magical dagger capable to kill the Warlock is inside it.
  • Right Through the Wall: Jerry can hear Kris and Michael going at it in the adjacent dorm room. He looks sad rather than annoyed, hinting at his feelings for her.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Jerry is in love with Kris, whom he's known for years, but she already has a boyfriend (Michael). The Warlock promises him Kris' love in an effort to corrupt him, but he actually manages to hold out the longest of her friends rather than betray her. What finally causes him to give her up is the Warlock showing him that Kris previously believed him to be a joke.
  • This Was His True Form: The Warlock's true demonic form can be seen briefly during his death throes after Kris stabs him.
  • The X of Y: Used for the subtitle.