I first saw this film when I was about 11 years old, and I must have seen it another 50 times since. This film was, and is excellent! It starts off back in medieval times, where a Warlock (Male Witch, played by Julian Sands) has finally been captured by Richard E. Grant and is about to be killed for his crimes. In a final bid to escape Sands musters up a spell which transports him into the future, followed closely by Grant. Once in the future Sands makes its is goal to find the lost pages of a sacred book which will reveal to him the lost name of God. If he succeeds and utters the name then the World will come to an end. And guess who has got to stop him. What follows is a typical battle against good and evil, mixed in with a good percentage of, I think, comic relief, even though I don't actually think that it is meant to be funny. As usual an innocent bystander gets involved and becomes the femme fatale. She helps Grant to try to capture and stop Sands before it is too late. Classic bits from the film are when Sands uses the eyes of one of his victims placed in the palm of his hands to find a page from the book. And when attempting to fly away Sands is brought back to Earth after being speared by a Weather vain. All in all this film is a classic, and introduced me for the first time to two great actors, Sands and Grant. Apparently there is a Warlock 2 floating around, but I feel that it may not be as good as the first. So if you have a choice to watch the original or the sequel, then I highly recommend watching the original.
This really is an absolute classic. It stars Julian Sands and Richard E Grant and some woman who never did anything else. We start in days of yore in a village somewhere, there is a tower at the end of a street and a procession of important looking people head towards it. Inside we find Julian Sands (aka the Warlock) chained up. The important folk try to get him to admit to being a witch but to no avail, they leave and are replaced by Richard E. Grant with a big mullet, bad clothes and a suspect scottish accent (Giles Redfern, the hero). Suddenly the weather becomes stormy and in true cheesy style both the warlock and redfern are swept away. Cut to mid eighties America. The warlock lands in the house of Kassandra ("with a K") and her friend. To cut a long story short he kills him in a gruesome manner and Kassandrea tries to flee but Redfern turns up. Not knowing he's the good guy she panics and gets him arrested but soon realises her mistake when the witch compass he left behind starts to work and the warlock returns. Kassandra tries to escape but the warlock casts an aging spell on her causing herto get 20 years older every day. Soon she teams up with Redfern and their quest begins to free her from his cuse and to stop him from collecting all of the pages of the Grand Grimoire (the evil bible which can reveal the name of God, saying his name will, of course, undo creation!) A few comedy moments are to be had when Redfern tries to get to grips with cars and the accent is really amusing. This is tacky horror at it's best, an absolute cult must! Oh, and the sequel is good too!