Lord of Illusions script
Synopsis: Lord of Illusions is a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his earlier short story, The Last Illusion (from Books of Blood Vol. 6). The film presents Barker's signature character Harry D'Amour onscreen for the first time. It stars Scott Bakula as D'Amour, alongside Kevin J. O'Connor, Famke Janssen and Daniel von Bargen. Barker asserts that the director's cut of this film is his definitive version, as the theatrical release does not represent his true vision.

TITLE SEQUENCE:

As the credits run, we INTERCUT the following two sequences:

EXT. NEVADA DESERT - IDOLS - DAY

A SLOW DRIFT through a collection of crudely constructed,

surreal, six-foot tall "IDOLS." Like modern demons.

Grotesque. Disturbing. WE LAP DISSOLVE between details of

their twisted anatomies: headlamp eyes, bright metal claws,

broken glass teeth.

EXT. NEVADA ROADS - DESERT - DAY

Two vehicles, one a Volkswagen "bus" decorated with stylized

flames, the other a '66 Thunderbird, speeding along a series

of eerily empty desert roads, somewhere in a wilderness of

sand and heat.

END CREDITS.

CUT WIDE TO;

EXT. NEVADA DESERT - DAY

A violent WIND HOWLS around, but through the sand we-can just

make out a large, ominous building: the HOUSE of William

Nix. Its walls are white-washed and scrawled with GRAFFITI.

The "family" of IDOLS surrounds the doorway, guarding it. ON

SCREEN, the words: '"Nevada - Thirteen Years Ago"

EXT. NIX'S HOUSE - DAY

We're at the front door now, which stands open. Leaning

against the door-frame is a scrawny, wild-eyed YOUTH, about

sixteen. His name is BUTTERFIELD. He's got a brooding,

almost sultry look on his face. One of his eyes is black,

the other milky blue. He's whittling something with a

scalpel. Distantly, the sound of CAR ENGINES. Butterfield

narrows his eyes.

BUTTERFIELD'S P.O.V.

The Volkswagen "bus" and Thunderbird are approaching the

house.

BUTTERFIELD:

(softly)

Swann...?

He turns from the door. In his haste he drops the WOOD he's

whittling. He's been carving a DEATH'S HEAD.

INT. NIX'S HOUSE - ROOMS AND CORRIDORS - DAY

The house no longer serves any domestic function. It has

become the temple and dormitory of Nix's small apocalyptic

cult. As we go through the house with Butterfield we glimpse

a little of what life here is like.

The rooms are murky, and chaotic. The walls, PAINTED with

scenes of cities and landscapes BURNING, and creatures from

some unspeakable nightmare ATTACKING, RAPING, and DEVOURING

helpless humanity. The atmosphere is joyless, and

oppressive.

The passages become progressively darker as the boy makes his

way to the heart of the house. Only OIL LAMPS, set on the

floor, light these claustrophobic corridors.

BUTTERFIELD:

Master?

INT. NIX'S HOUSE - MEDITATION ROOM - DAY

A dozen CULTISTS sit cross-legged on the floor in front of

their leader, WILLIAM NIX. His black hair grows to his

shoulders. His eyes are deep and glittering, his voice

seductive. A terrifying yet charismatic presence.

All the Cultists - who are a cross-section of obsessives -

wear the same simple T-shirts, painted with the cult's SIGIL.

They watch Nix in adoration.

As Nix speaks, he juggles a FLAME, passing it from hand to

hand with casual ease...

NIX:

And the fire said to me: Nix, Nix,

you're my instrument. From now on,

you'll be called the Puritan...

CULTISTS:

(murmuring)

Puritan...

NIX You will find a few good men and women, and together,

together you will cleanse the world.

CULTISTS:

Yes...

Butterfield enters.

BUTTERFIELD:

Master?

Nix looks up.

BUTTERFIELD:

Swann's here.

Nix rises, smiling.

NIX:

(to Cultists)

We'll come back to this. Get about

your business.

As the Cultists disperse, Nix and Butterfield exit into

INT. NIX'S HOUSE - SANCTUM - DAY

A place of nightmares. Hanging from the middle of the ceiling

is another grotesque SCULPTURE, three times the bulk of a

large man, and made of metal, fly-blown animal parts and

knotted rope. It is vaguely cruciform, but its swaying,

creaking bulk is not even faintly Christian. It is a

perverse, sickening image, evoking insanity and agony.

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Clive Barker

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories, the Books of Blood, which established him as a leading horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably the Hellraiser and Candyman series. He was the Executive Producer of the film Gods and Monsters. more…

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