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Young Warlocks [DVD]

Forrest Cochran , Sean Faris , David DeCoteau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Forrest Cochran, Sean Faris, Stacey Scowley, Jennifer Capo, Justin Allen
  • Directors: David DeCoteau
  • Writers: David DeCoteau, Dave Parker, Matthew Jason Walsh, Ryan Carrassi
  • Producers: Charles Band, Michael C. Cuddy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005NMYJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three male students at an exclusive private school find themselves excluded, bullied and ignored by the other members of their class. However, when new boy Luc arrives their lives are changed forever: he takes them to a mysterious and shocking ritual and overnight the three boys become popular again. But the ritual has also sent the boys on a path of death and destruction - Luc is a warlock who wants to steal their souls for eternity.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half and half 1 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
David DeCoteau films as I have said in another review as simply rubbish, but that's not to say you shouldn't watch them. They are so bad as to be good.
The two most shocking thing about this DeCoteau film is the first half is actually quite good (except for his usual lets get as much male flesh as possible on the screen motif), and one of the cast members can act. Sean Faris (John) as the lead is going to go places (and hopefully not just into teen comedy pap).
The second part of the film is rushed and truly dreadful with laughable effects and some of the worst acting you will ever see.
Something to watch after a few drinks when you want a laugh.
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Amazon.com: 2.4 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best film, a unique genre, and talent! 5 Jan 2002
By Robert Pomicter Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
With great respect for all opinions expressed and implied by many of the "reviewers" on Amazon and those critics in print:
The fact is simple. What David DeCocteau is doing here is taking a cheesy, 5-10 day shoot horror genre and making something a little different out of it... twisting the traditional T&A into P&A (a humorous comment made by an earlier reviewer, and it is totally true!, I think a fair amount of good judgement is required before purchasing this DVD.
Does this film cater to the young female audience? YES!
Does it cater to a gay audience? YES!
Does it require or demand any substantial brain matter or deep analysis to enjoy or otherwise "figure out" this flick! Heck NO!
We are dealing here with cheesy horror and a small tad of "sexploitation", even though, in a review of the Brotherhood I, I stated that David DeC. was not being a sexploitation artist, it seems that it is now necessary for me to correct that statement, as to avoid confusion...
First... there is absolutely NO GRATUITOUS NUDITY. There are NO "in-your-face" sexual contents in this film. There IS however, a plain and simple fact: This film, like several others by David DeC. have a blatant, and, gratefully unashamed, appreciation for the male form, and the unique sensibility to delve into the taboo areas of male-bonding, body worship, and the ability for lead characters of the male genre to exercise psychological control over their male counterparts. This clearly makes some of David DeC.'s works "HOMOEROTIC". This may make some uncomfortable, it may also stimulate others.
I humbly disagree with those who may object to this film because of the homoeroticism as deeply as I disagree with those who find that they have been misled into thinking this title is a "gay film". It is neither! It is simply a different way of dealing with the genre of fast produced, low budget, horror films that this reviewer, as a lover of the horror genre, was pleasantly surprized by!
This film is well acted with a usual lineup of young TALENTED males of whom Dave DeC. is well known to acquire. I see nothing wrong with giving a handsome young man a "first break" in the film industry... because it seems that David DeC. does that quite a bit, and the results are usually rather good! (Frankly, I am glad that David hired them first... what is the other possible option for a young talent? Without mentioning it, smart ones know the answer!)
In particular, the perfomance by C.J. Thomason should be noted. The guy was only 18 when this was shot, and it was his first role in any film production. I wish him the ABSOLUTE BEST! There were several scenes in this film that other young actors had problems with,(specifically, the locker room, intimidation scene)which C.J. handled BRILLIANTLY! (C.J. was not the first actor to audition for this role, but his ability to handle it resulted in his hiring just two days before shooting began). (Reference source: David DeCocteau's commentary on the double collection dics of "The BrotherHood")
If you simply can not stand the sight of bonding between young men, then do not buy this title. If you want love scenes that are explicitly gay or a 100% gay film then don't buy it either. (There are so many other titles out there.. but if you are a true collector of gay-themed cinema, I would urge you to not pass this one up!) And, certainly, if you want a complex horror movie with all the trimmings, (say the like of "Poltergeist" or "Alien" or the "Shining") this is not the film for you either. [ A special note to readers of this review who are GLBTQ: David DeC. is so much smarter than one could think... In the "BrotherHood I" it was necessary to share "blood" as part of the plot... In this 2nd film (note: NOT a sequel) there exists a similar element, which the director was keen to point out: the "sharing of tears" is necessary to be part of the second "brotherhood". So we have BLOOD and then TEARS. Both, bodily fluids, but the parallel between the two speaks volumes. I suspect David DeCocteau is sending a message to all GLBTQ people... at least, to those of us who lived through the horror of the 1980's and the pan-demic of AIDS. So... I will not simply discard this film as without any complexity of thought.. in fact,, I think the director knows exactly what he is doing.. since parts 3 and 4 are now in production, we should all see within the year if there is such a depth to my thinking. For now, it makes sense to me! ]
But... if you want a film that is off the edge a bit, has no great depth of thought, but rather a simple storyline (predictable), smacks clearly of homoeroticism, has beautiful male leads (that are talented) and maybe redfines the word "THRILLER" (only becuase it may "thrill" the viewer in a unique way that it thrilled *this* viewer)... then I think it is worth investigating!
Respectfully submitted.
Bob
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lamer than the First 3 Dec 2001
By J. Edkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Okay, we all know that sequels tend to be lame. This one is no exception. Unfortunately, it's a lame sequel to a lame movie. Talk about the law of diminishing returns.
Producer/director David DeCoteau and screenwriter Matthew Jason Walsh reunite for the second installment of their Brotherhood series. However, other than recycled sets and recycled themes, there is nothing to connect this movie to The Brotherhood--except actor Forrest Cochran who is theoretically playing the same character, but as I don't remember the character at all in the first movie, it's hard to call it a true connection.
As with the first, it is a thrill-less thriller and about as "straight" a piece of homoeroticism as you're likely to encounter.
Actually, to be fair, the underlying premise of this installment is slightly stronger than the first, even if it isn't related, and the plot is a little more interesting. However, the execution is weaker. The acting is adequate, with only Sean Ferris exhibiting any real charisma. This is unfortunate, as the whole point of the character Luc is supposed to be his incredible charisma, and Forret Cochran doesn't have the presence to pull it off.
This time, the story takes place at a private high/prep school, although it appeared to me to be the same location on which the original was shot. The student body is keep in a perpetual state of anxiety by a quartet of shirtless bullies. Three outsiders are the primary focus of the bullies. New student Luc arrives and offers the outsiders a way to get even which involves swimming in their boxer briefs and sitting in a satanic circle while wearing boxer briefs.
The quotient of screen time of guys in boxer briefs is higher than the first, and there are two female quasi-leads, doubling the number from the previous installment. The camera work and the editing is slightly better than the first, but there are still times when DeCoteau would better serve his audience by pulling the camera back and using more fluid editing.
It's weak, but what truly appalled me was the amorality of the ending. As a reviewer, I don't think it's fair for me to give away the ending, and I won't, but I have to admit that it really angered me. Screenwriter Walsh hasn't thought through the ramifications of his characters' actions, and this left me quite annoyed.
Another place where Young Worlocks matches its predecessor is in the lack of any bonus material on the DVD. The movie is presented in 1.33:1 screen aspect ratio. As this was probably shot for direct-to-video, I don't know if there was a version with a wider screen aspect ratio. ...
(C)2001 Joe Edkin
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely misleaving Reviews 18 Jun 2003
By N. Ulanowski - Published on Amazon.com
Ok, every single one of these reviews are EXTREMELY MISLEADING! I love horror. And I considered this to be a cool mediocre horror movie that I very much enjoyed. I am a straight male (not say I am homophobic or sexist cause actually I am about as far from those 2 things as you can possible get). Yet, I definitely enjoyed this flick. When I rented this film from bl0ckbuster there was absolutely no indication on the box that this could be considered a "homo-erotic" film but rather just seemed like a rad horror film that I would enjoy. AND I AM GLAD IT DIDN'T CAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN TURNED OFF IF IT DID! Truthfully, IT NEVER EVEN OCCURRED TO ME UNTIL I READ THESE REVIEWS that this could be considered a "homo-erotic" flick. Not to mention the fact that there IS female nudity in this movie! I would also like to point out that every character in this movie IS STRAIGHT! So, unless you're a right-wing bas:terd don't let the whole homo-erotic thing discourage you from getting this movie if you like the idea to it.
This movie is about three high school outcasts who all have a real problem with authority (which I like) by the names of Marcus Ratner, John Van Owen and Matt Slaten. Yet despite they're individualistic attitude, the narrator, Marcus longs to fit in. Then they met Luke. He's the new kid in town. Luke (a warlock) promises them that they could have anything they want, rule over everyone, have girls, money, power, everything they've ever dreamed of and more! All they have to do is pledge loyalty to Luke and each other (the brotherhood) and break all ten commandments as well as various other rituals. However, what he told them were lies. As the movie progresses it is quite clear that Marcus and his two friends are not getting stronger but rather Luke is getting stronger and John and Matt are practically becoming slaves to Luke's will. And the only one willing to realize this is good old Marcus. Suddenly, loneliness and jock bullies become the least of Marcus's high problems.
If you are a fan of horror, I suggest you definitely check this great independent film. However, if you are new to horror, this is in no way the place to start. I highly recommend "Christina's House", "Ghost Ship" and "American Werewolf in Paris". But whatever you do, steer clear of the independent flick "Wendigo". Peace.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil Boys In Boxer Briefs 3 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was really looking forward to this sequel but I was disspointed- the story is weaker- frat boys practicing withchcraft-but of course the real reason to see this flick is the cast of good looking young men running around in boxer briefs- Sean Farris (the Tom Cruise look alike) is worth the price of admission- too bad his bisexual threeway scene does not go far enough- I guess we'll have to wait for the directors cut...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The brotherhood 2 young warlock 7 May 2007
By P. jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of David Decoteau film, which I am, you will love this cheesey,homoerotic movie. Lots to laugh at and a good time. If you like half naked men a plus
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