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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)


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Release Date: Sep 7, 1991 Limited



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This clever and well-crafted production (produced for Home Box Office) goes the distance with its innovative concept, which is equal parts Raymond Chandler and H.P. Lovecraft. Taking place in 1948 Hollywood -- in an alternate reality where magic spells, curses and demons are commonly used and accepted -- the story revolves around hard-boiled gumshoe Harry P. Lovecraft (Fred Ward, looking nothing like his character's namesake and everything like Mike Hammer), the only detective in the business

Dec 4, 1991

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It drowns in its own shallowness.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Cast a Deadly Spell

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.
Awesome awesome awesome.
October 4, 2011

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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.
July 5, 2008

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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.
January 5, 2007
Steve B.

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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.
August 24, 2010
Eduardo C

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