Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
Surreal and certainly creative, this supernatural made-for-cable detective drama is set in an alternate Los Angeles, circa 1948, a corrupt place where it is the norm to cast spells and perform magic. In this world, Harry P. Lovecraft, private eye, is one of the last people who refuses to dabble in the occult. When he is assigned to hunt down a purloined book of spells that contains the recipe for world-destruction, he uses his own honest wit, not mumbo-jumbo.
as Det. Harry Philip Lo...
as Harry Bordon
as Connie Stone
as Amos Hackshaw
as Olivia Hackshaw
as Larry Willis/Lily
as Hypolite Kropotkin
as Detective Bradbury
as Mickey Locksteader
as Det. Grimaldi
as Owl Wagon Manager
as Thadius Pilgrim
as Butler Meadows
as Boy #1
as Band Leader
as Owl Wagon Cook
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Directed by Martin Campbell (Golden Eye & Casino Royal), starring Fred Ward, Clancy Brown, Julianne Moore and David Warner. Cast a Deadly Spell is Lovecraft Noir, complete with hard boiled dialog, grizzled PI's, dirty cops, femme fatales, magic and monsters.
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Zombies, vampires, werewolves, gremlins, drag queens. Add H.P. Lovecraft, the Necronomicon and a bit of magic and you've got yourself one odd film noir.More
It's like HP Lovecraft meets Roger Rabbit... or something. Has all the elements of the classic Film Noir, and some great (and admittedly not so great) monster effects. Worth it for David Warner alone, but Fred Ward's detective, Phil Lovecraft, is right up there with Spade and Marlowe for me.More
While the naming of our lead Howard Phillips Lovecraft was pointless and done purely for stunt reasons, as was the presence of the Old Ones during the climax, the majority of the film is actually a very clever, very watchable exercise in droll comedy and love of noir. This feels like something Clive Barker could have written and would have made a terrific early '90s tv series.More
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