"Warlock III - End of InnocenceI started out on the wrong foot with this film. I made the classic mistake of rushing to get a film for the weekend, not finding what I wanted and grabbing something that I thought was the continuation of another series entirely. Not until the action opened on an entirely different cast of players did I figure out my mistake. Being doubly grumpy does not make me a friendly viewer.The film starts out with college student Kris (Ashley Lawrence) receiving a call about a house she had inherited. Since Kris had never known her original family, she jumps at the opportunity to learn about her past and dashes off, without her friends, to investigate. She arrives and is promptly badly spooked (people who know this series will recognize the house as belonging to Phillip Coventry [Bruce Payne], the warlock). A grand thumping at the door announces the arrival of... Kris's college friends. Among them her boyfriend Michael (Paul Francis), her best friend and apprentice witchlet Robin (Boti Ann Bliss), and her high school buddy Jerry (Jan Schweiterman). "Great!" thinks me, "Yet another college student hack-and-slash film."Well, it is and it isn't. Don't mistake me; 'End of Innocence' has a twenty-five word or less plot, an unknown cast, and the requisite gratuitous nudity and violence. Nevertheless, surprisingly, the film isn't cheesy at all. Director Eric Freiser stays with fairly understated and subdued effects, rather than immense splashes of gore and parts. This makes that acting more prominent, and several of the cast really turn in professional jobs. Coupled with a setting that actually is interesting, and good film work, this makes the story far more believable that many similar efforts.The end result is an enjoyable rendition of a classic grade B horror flick - forgettable, but fun. Definitely an R rating, but not excessively so. I would suggest seeing parts one and two first. Then you won't have to spend the time I did figuring out what is going on."
L. R. Jackson | Gilmer, TX United States | 10/05/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Why...oh why...did they make ANOTHER sequel? The first movie was an instantaneous classic featuring the EXTREMELY well cast Julian Sands as the Warlock. The second movie, a fresh twist for the '90s fans of the first one, had its only highlights being that it still contained Julian Sands (in his chic look with shorter hair and designer black clothes) and a killer song by Napalm Death in the credits. But the third one, missing out on the Julian Sands action (he could shave his head and dance in a dress like in Mercy, worth renting just to see that part), has nothing going for it except for some kinky S&M (I don't remember the other two needing sex scenes to sell the movie). I could barely make it through it, because it was so boring. The only scares it had were rip offs from other horror movies. Personally, I don't find Bruce Payne at all intimidating. This movie makes me fear for the horror movies of the 21st century. Don't buy it unless you want to complete your trilogy (or if you liked Urban Legends 2 or Scream 3).The End of Innocence, more like The Tragic Failure of a Good Series."
Maybe worth one viewing
Jeff Goins | United States | 05/08/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I thought I would give this movie a chance considering that the first 2 films were classics, After watching the movie I had mixed feelings about it. I thought that Bruce Payne made a pretty good warlock( but cant hold a candle to sands performance)I also liked the plot of the movie, but I DIDNT like the way that they played it out. I mean the plot is still pretty good, but all the kinky sex in the movie sorta gets in the way. And its so Damn slow through the first 45 minutes that you almost fall asleep. When it does finally start picking up, the special effects are all cheap and very low budget ( probably why it didnt get a theatrical release). The gore factor is pretty high with scenees like: throat ripping and a guy hanging from hooks( very hellraiserish). So what we have is a movie that has a great potential, but still falls flat on its face with a slow script and some very cheap speacial effects. Rated R for: a scene of graphic violence, some strong sexual content and language"
Payne makes "Warlock" worth a look
becky robison | ft. worth, texas United States | 03/15/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Bruce Payne (Operation Intercept, Ravager) when given enough air time and a role he can flex his abilities in can keep a viewer interested. And he does it here in "Warlock III". There is the usual teenybopper horror storyline but Payne surprises one in what would be just another sequel. Mostly kept in low-budget roles, Payne is capable of a sense of presence and cultured delivery. He exhibits it here. He's glossy stuff. If you like his work and want to see him weave a character into his own, this is it."
Formulaic but entertaining.
becky robison | 10/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Warlock 3 is at best tangentially related to any of the happenings in the first two movies in the series. The closest connection is that the warlock looks vaguely similar to the warlock in the first two -- evidently, Julian Sands refused to sign up for a third effort.Warlock 3 breaks little new ground as it engages with the 'devil needs a sacrifice to return and establish his kingdom of evil' formula. A hottie coed receives a mysterious phone call telling her that the home of her birth family (she's adopted) is about to be demolished and that she has the weekend to remove artifacts from the house. Thinking that this will be an opportunity to find out more about her borth family, she sets out for the country with a group of friends. The house is decaying and eerie, a storm descends, strange happenings occur, and you can figure the rest out from there. Although originality is not its strong suit, Warlock 3 is a thoroughly competent movie which will please any devotee of the B-movie genre."