Warlock III: The End Of Innocence

Warlock III: The End Of Innocence

It's hard to figure out why Warlock III: The End Of Innocence had to be made; after all, Warlock: Armageddon seemed to neatly resolve all the issues simmering under the surface of the Warlock series. Alas, Warlock III exists, focusing not on the Warlock's vague plans to destroy the world or bring about the return of Satan, but on his attempts to turn a bland, attractive New England co-ed (Ashley Laurence) into Satan's bride. One of the most irritating elements of the Warlock series has been the erratic deployment of the title character's powers. Sure, the Warlock (Bruce Payne, taking over for Julian Sands) has incredible supernatural abilities, but more often than not, he's reduced to playing silly mind games in his attempts to achieve his goals. One thing that can be gleaned from Warlock III is that warlocks are not only evil but damn manipulative, often behaving more like creepy psychology TAs than evil superhuman beings. In the tradition of Nightmare On Elm Street 5 and other crappy horror movies, Payne feels a need to torture Laurence's college chums in a manner befitting their goals and obsessions, which means a collegiate Wiccan is done away via a spell, a couple into rough sex goes out via sexual torture, and so on. It may be blandly competent, but everything about Warlock III seems painfully arbitrary.

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