Clive Barker Podcast’s Scene of the Week
For this edition of Clive Barker Podcast’s Scene of the Week, I’ve chosen ‘The Homecoming’ scene from Lord of Illusions, a film that gets under my skin the more I watch it.
While the film’s antagonist Nix is a powerful, intimidating character (brilliantly portrayed by the late Daniel von Bargen) I find myself being more afraid of his rabid followers. Cults in general have always bothered me because of the insanity they tend to create. The Jonestown massacre comes to mind. Also, most of these people could be your next door neighbor and you wouldn’t even know it. That’s a lot more frightening than any prophet that can return from beyond the grave.
What’s most disturbing about the sequence is how these people snap out of their normal lives and immediately start killing their loved ones once they learn their master is coming back. I get chills when the lead female cultist casually walks past her dead family and picks up the car keys so she can return back to her former life. Blues legend Josh White’s song, While The Blood Runs Warm In Your Veins, does a wonderful job of making the scene feel even creepier as it plays over all of these distressing images.
One funny note, MGM chairman Frank Mancuso Sr. found this particular moment to be so reprehensible that he told Clive not to include it in his director’s cut, but of course he put it back in anyway!
Way to fight for your vision Clive!