A movie about living as a closeted homosexual and the lengths people will go/are forced to go to hide it. In many ways, a very sad film. Also a pretty intense horror film with some great sequences and some stunning imagery. Probably Barker's most fully realized work as a director.
Unique mix of film noir, horror theatrics, H.P. Lovecraft monsters and magic and it shows that the director do have ambition to make something memorable and not just something everyone else makes. Scott Bakula do one of his best leading roles as a world weary detective and Famkee Janssen is shattering sexy as the femme fatale. Love the magic stage show and the disgusting gore, make-up, masks and visuals leave a mark.