Directed by Steve Miner
Starring Julian Sands
Kevin O'Brien Lori Singer
Richard E. Grant
Steve Miner, who got his start in horror as the director of "Friday the 13th" parts 2 and 3, continued to shine with this clever imitation of James Cameron's Terminator, which has two warriors time traveling out of the past into our present to fight for the future of mankind.
The "terminator" in this story is Julian Sands, Satan's one and only son. Practitioners of the Wicca religion must hate this movie because Warlocks are actually tree-hugging, peaceful hippie types—not antichrist murderers. Supposedly, that is.
But in horror films, Warlocks are much more sinister. Sands' character was sentenced to death in 1691 Boston by witch-hunter Grant. But before Grant can kill him, Satan propoels the two forward in time to 20th century Los Angeles. The Warlock is attempting to assemble separated pages of a Satanic book that will reveal the "true" name of God.
Singer plays the modern-age female love interest of the good guy.
Great story, well-directed and well-acted, this film spawned a couple of unwatchable sequels. Miner would go on to direct the fabulous "Halloween: H20."
The film was written by David Twohy, who would go on to direct blockbusters like "Pitch Black."
-- Review by Lucius Gore