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Around May 1992, HR announced that Trimark Pictures intended to produce a sequel to Warlock (1991, see entry), its most successful film to date, following the company’s recent $40 million co-production deal with Interscope Communications. A 28 Jul 1992 HR production chart announced that filming of Warlock II: The Armageddon began the previous day in the Los Angeles, CA, area, with Julian Sands reprising the title role. Production notes in AMPAS library files listed locations including: downtown Los Angeles; Hollywood; Lake Piru; Topanga Canyon; Valencia; the Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch; and the Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, where the climactic battle sequence was shot.
       According to the 19 Jul 1993 HR, Trimark usually scheduled regional platform releases, but decided to launch its first national release with the newly re-titled Warlock: The Armageddon, in 1,000 theaters on 17 Sep 1993. However, the 23 Sep 1993 DV reported that the opening date had been pushed back another week, and Trimark upped the number of theaters to 1,300. To promote the film, the distributor’s “most extensive and diverse” advertising campaign featured deals with Domino’s Pizza, Circuit City, Blockbuster Video, and the Black Angus steakhouse chain.
       Despite these efforts, the picture was uniformly panned and opened in sixth place at the box-office, taking in a weekend gross of $1,747,317, according to the 28 Sep 1993 DV.
       The film opens with the written prologue: “Throughout time, people known as Druids have used their mystical powers to protect the Earth from evil. Once every millennium, when the sun aligns with the moon, these guardians summon the magic of their ... More Less

Around May 1992, HR announced that Trimark Pictures intended to produce a sequel to Warlock (1991, see entry), its most successful film to date, following the company’s recent $40 million co-production deal with Interscope Communications. A 28 Jul 1992 HR production chart announced that filming of Warlock II: The Armageddon began the previous day in the Los Angeles, CA, area, with Julian Sands reprising the title role. Production notes in AMPAS library files listed locations including: downtown Los Angeles; Hollywood; Lake Piru; Topanga Canyon; Valencia; the Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch; and the Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, where the climactic battle sequence was shot.
       According to the 19 Jul 1993 HR, Trimark usually scheduled regional platform releases, but decided to launch its first national release with the newly re-titled Warlock: The Armageddon, in 1,000 theaters on 17 Sep 1993. However, the 23 Sep 1993 DV reported that the opening date had been pushed back another week, and Trimark upped the number of theaters to 1,300. To promote the film, the distributor’s “most extensive and diverse” advertising campaign featured deals with Domino’s Pizza, Circuit City, Blockbuster Video, and the Black Angus steakhouse chain.
       Despite these efforts, the picture was uniformly panned and opened in sixth place at the box-office, taking in a weekend gross of $1,747,317, according to the 28 Sep 1993 DV.
       The film opens with the written prologue: “Throughout time, people known as Druids have used their mystical powers to protect the Earth from evil. Once every millennium, when the sun aligns with the moon, these guardians summon the magic of their sacred runestones in the quest to prevent the birth of Satan’s son…”
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank the following: J. P. Guerin; Robin Hannah; John Stuckmeyer; Mark Fleischer; Chris Eisenberg; Jason Zellin; Ora Berman; Ellen Phillips; Karen Dare; Lucie Guernsey; James Keegan; Ray Ydoyaga; Paul Fisher; Theadore Lincoln; Stewart Thorndike; It Models; Illustra Films, Inc.; Kevin Patterson and The Living Center; Kontes Glass; Ken Manson at Coca Cola USA; Cedarworks Play Sets; Tascam Corp.; EMU Systems; Dynatek; Mackie Designs; Sound Ideas; Audio Rents; Michael Levy; Katharine Abrams; Lisa Coburn; Doran Clark.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Sep 1993.
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Daily Variety
28 Sep 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
May 1992
p. 1, 21.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 1993
p. 4, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 1993
p. 10, 20.
Los Angeles Times
27 Sep 1993
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
25 Sep 1993
Section A, p. 19.
Variety
20 Sep 1993
p. 28.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Trimark Pictures Presents
A Tapestry Films & Trimark Production
An Anthony Hickox Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Cam loader
Cam loader
Stills photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Cam equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Post-prod supv
Addl ed by
Apprentice ed
Post prod supv, Trimark Pictures
SET DECORATORS
Scenic artist
Const coord
Const foreman
Lead person
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Fashion show coord
Fashion models coord
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv
Rec eng
Loc mus prod
Contractor
Mus prep
Mus prod asst
SOUND
Sd des by
Prod sd des
Sd mixer
Sd ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR/Foley rec
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Loop group
Spec vocal eff
Dolby consultant
Post-prod sd
Spacial audio processing by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff created by
Digital visual eff by
Mechanical eff coord
Mechanical eff supv
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Titles & opticals
Opt supv
Opt coord
Title des
Visual eff supv
Visual eff coord
Digital visual eff supv
Digital visual eff compositor
Digital visual eff compositor
Digital visual eff compositor
Digital visual eff compositor
Digital visual eff coord
Harry anim artist
Harry anim artist
Harry anim artist
Harry anim artist
MAKEUP
Spec eff makeup
Key makeup & hair
Asst hair & makeup
Makeup eff supv
Makeup eff asst
Makeup eff asst
Makeup eff asst
Addl makeup eff
Addl makeup eff asst
Addl makeup eff asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Loc asst
Scr supv
Auditor
Extras casting, Central Casting
Extras casting
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Honeywagon driver
Driver
Grip/Elec driver
Water truck driver
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the dir
Catering by
Catering asst
Craft service
Craft service
First aid
Asst to Mr. Serafine
Asst to Mr. Serafine
Digital tape to film coord
Digital tape to film process
Film to digital tape transfer
Film to digital tape transfer
Film to digital tape transfer
Scr supv, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Animals provided by
Head trainer
Addl trainer
Addl trainer
Rabbit provided by
Security provided by
Dir of prod, Trimark Pictures
Legal affairs, Trimark Pictures
Controller, Trimark Pictures
Legal services provided by
Prod equip provided by
Pub provided by
Completion guaranty provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by David N. Twohy.
SONGS
"What Can You Do For Me (Salt Lake Mix)," performed by The Utah Saints, written by J. Willis/G. Guthrie, published by NTV Music (UK) Ltd./Tiju Music, Inc./PRI Music, Inc., courtesy of London Records, by arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
"Something Wicked," performed by Nuclear Assault, written by Nuclear Assault, produced by Nuclear Assault, published by Extinct Music/FRS Songs (ASCAP), courtesy of IRS Records.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Warlock II: The Armageddon
Release Date:
24 September 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 24 September 1993
Production Date:
27 July--September 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Trimark Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1994
Copyright Number:
PA672291
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32267
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

For several hundred years, a secret sect known as the “Druids” have protected the Earth from the return of Satan’s son using six magical runestones. One night, the Druids attempt to save a mortal woman who has been chosen as a surrogate, but the ritual is interrupted when Christian crusaders, who view the Druids as Devil worshippers, steal four of the stones. In present day California, a Druid named Will Travis discreetly uses his powers to protect his teenage son, Kenny, from the class bully. Later, lightning strikes the ground, and Will senses something evil is approaching. Meanwhile, a New York City woman prepares for a date and decides to wear a pendant containing one of the magic runestones, which has been passed down as a family heirloom. As the moon and sun align in a lunar eclipse, the woman convulses violently and a child rapidly grows inside her womb. A gurgling mass bursts from her body and morphs into the form of an adult man, who follows his bleeding “mother” through the apartment, demanding a kiss. Once she is dead, Satan possesses her body and instructs his son, the “warlock,” to free him from the prisons of hell by collecting the five remaining runestones before a solar eclipse occurs at the end of the week. Using a piece of the woman’s flesh to make a map, the warlock steals her boyfriend’s clothes and coerces a taxicab driver to take him to Chicago, Illinois. Back in California, Kenny argues with his girlfriend, Samantha Ellison, about his desire to attend college in Berkeley, and escape his reputation as the son of a rumored Satanist. Suddenly, Kenny’s father appears with his ... +


For several hundred years, a secret sect known as the “Druids” have protected the Earth from the return of Satan’s son using six magical runestones. One night, the Druids attempt to save a mortal woman who has been chosen as a surrogate, but the ritual is interrupted when Christian crusaders, who view the Druids as Devil worshippers, steal four of the stones. In present day California, a Druid named Will Travis discreetly uses his powers to protect his teenage son, Kenny, from the class bully. Later, lightning strikes the ground, and Will senses something evil is approaching. Meanwhile, a New York City woman prepares for a date and decides to wear a pendant containing one of the magic runestones, which has been passed down as a family heirloom. As the moon and sun align in a lunar eclipse, the woman convulses violently and a child rapidly grows inside her womb. A gurgling mass bursts from her body and morphs into the form of an adult man, who follows his bleeding “mother” through the apartment, demanding a kiss. Once she is dead, Satan possesses her body and instructs his son, the “warlock,” to free him from the prisons of hell by collecting the five remaining runestones before a solar eclipse occurs at the end of the week. Using a piece of the woman’s flesh to make a map, the warlock steals her boyfriend’s clothes and coerces a taxicab driver to take him to Chicago, Illinois. Back in California, Kenny argues with his girlfriend, Samantha Ellison, about his desire to attend college in Berkeley, and escape his reputation as the son of a rumored Satanist. Suddenly, Kenny’s father appears with his fellow Druid, Franks, and kills Kenny with a shotgun. In the Druids’ dungeon, Will uses magic to revive his son as a Druid warrior, and explains the warlock’s plan to annihilate the Earth. Will and Franks ask Samantha’s father for help, but Ted Ellison has since denied his affiliation with the Druids to serve as a minister of the Gospel to the town. In Chicago, the warlock interrupts a fashion show to retrieve a stone dangling on the earring of one of the models. When designer Paula Dare refuses to relinquish the relic, she accompanies the warlock to the roof, and he levitates her several yards above the building. Terrified, she gives him the stone, but the warlock releases his grasp and sends her crashing through a glass skylight below. As the warlock continues west, Franks discovers a spell that causes the evil wizard to spew black blood. Although momentarily weakened, the warlock regains his strength by attacking a gas station attendant and resumes his journey in a stolen sports car. He obtains a third stone from a traveling circus, and traces the fourth to the office of a wealthy collector. Over the next few days, Will trains Kenny to use his powers. As Samantha struggles to process the meaning of Kenny’s new role, Will reveals that she is also destined to be a warrior. She confronts her father for keeping her identity a secret, and plunges a knife into her stomach so that Will and Franks can revive her with magic. Once she is “reborn,” Samantha and Kenny make love and prepare for battle. Kenny reveals he owns one of the salvaged stones, and entrusts it to Samantha. With four stones in his possession, the warlock drives to California and issues a warning to the Druids by crucifying a woman on an inverted cross. In the morning, he tortures Franks into surrendering the fifth stone. Kenny and the warlock battle, but Kenny is impaled on a metal pole. Demanding to know the location of the final stone, the warlock injures Will and Ted Ellison. Just then, Samantha appears on a motorcycle and invites the warlock to chase her. Despite her attempts to stave him off, he follows her into the forest, ties her to the grille of a truck, and steals the stone from around her neck. As the moon eclipses the sun and pitches the forest into darkness, the warlock begins the ritual to summon the Devil. Miraculously healed with a Druid potion, Kenny arrives and attempts to stop the warlock, but is bound to a tree by his foe. The runes open a portal in the ground, allowing Satan to emerge. Kenny and Samantha use their powers to turn on the truck headlights, which stunts the ceremony. As daylight returns, the vengeful warlock attempts to stab Kenny with an ancient dagger. The two young Druids telekinetically deflect the blade into the warlock’s chest, causing him to dissolve into a pool of black blood. Samantha collects the runestones, but the warlock’s skeletal hand briefly emerges from the ground and pulls one of them from her grasp. With five stones remaining, Kenny and Samantha emerge limping from the forest. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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