He associates himself with the dark arts. That is to say, he summons up a type of black magic in order to control others who eventually become his followers. Scholars have described the warlock as a sorcerer, witch, magician, and one who is directly associated with Satan. Under the umbrella topic of Mad Science, the warlock demonstrates how science is tied with the ‘unknown.’ ‘Mad’ refers to someone or an idea that is so fantastical that is it hard to register by the eyes and mind. The warlock’s ability to exude such power over individuals is particularly interesting because one does not have to be a creation out of technology in order to draw upon the idea of mad science. Mad Science, for example, can be defined here as the conversion of one thing to another through exploration of the dark arts, or magic. In the 1989 film Warlock Steve Miner explores the notion of the dark arts and the quest for power. In the film, there is a direct link between Satan and the Warlock. So often this semester, we have seen those who participate in scientific endeavors try to emulate God as being the creators of bodies that turn out to be lacking completeness in  some capacity. In the instance of the warlock, the opposite being is highlighted for the monster takes on a more participatory role. In other words, Satan becomes an influential figure to the warlock. However, the warlock does not try to be a creator of all things evil. One can say that he simply changes the internal of a person; he does not start the creation of being from multiple parts (a component of the ‘God Complex’).


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2 responses to “WARLOCK

  1. I find this post interesting because of the ostensibly tenuous link between sorcery and science. Your analysis provides a convincing argument for the often-neglected connection between the two and subverts pre-existing misconceptions concerning technology’s idealogical monopoly on the field of technology. I also find your comparison between the tell-tale God complex of conventional mad scientists and the Satanic connotations of the warlock deeply compelling.

  2. This post is interesting for many reasons – and foremost among those reasons is the suggestion that mad science can exist outside of the realm of technology. While most of our monsters deal directly with technology and modernity, the Warlock is a “mad scientist” precisely because he is able to convert something from one form to another, via the use of magic. That magic and technology are not entirely different is an interesting contention, and so the inclusion of the Warlock in our group of mad science monsters is significant. In the same way that magic seeks to transform things in a supernatural way, so does technology. Both magic and technology exist outside of, or in a hyper-state of nature.

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