Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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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 who relies on brains and instinct instead of gazing into a crystal ball or casting runes. This pure perspective is sought out by wealthy eccentric Amos Hackshaw (David Warner), who is trying to retrieve the legendary "Necronomicon" (a key component in the works of the real H.P. Lovecraft). The book is reputed to have the power to release the "Elder Gods" from their cosmic confines and return them to Earth, whereupon Hackshaw believes they will appoint him ruler of all mankind. The chief rival for possession of the book is a seedy gangster (Raymond O'Connor) whose favorite nightclub singer (Julianne Moore) takes a shine to Harry. Followed by a sequel, Witch Hunt, which applies a more sublime (if unnecessary) re-interpretation of the material, and features Dennis Hopper in the Lovecraft Role.
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R
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Comedy , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest , Television
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Cast

Julianne Moore
as Connie Stone
John De Bello
as Coroner
Clancy Brown
as Harry Bordon
David Warner
as Amos Hackshaw
Fred Ward
as Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft
Charles Hallahan
as Detective Bradbury
George P. Wilbur
as Owl Wagon Cook
Lee Tergesen
as Larry Willis/Lily
Alexandra Powers
as Olivia Hackshaw
Ritch Brinkley
as Owl Wagon Manager
Peter Allas
as Det. Grimaldi
Scott Lincoln
as Bartender
Arnetia Walker
as Hypolite Kropotkin
David Downing
as Thadius Pilgrim
Ken Thorley
as Mickey Locksteader
Colin Drake
as Butler Meadows
Curt Sobel
as Band Leader
Charles Halahan
as Bradbury
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Critic Reviews for Cast a Deadly Spell

All Critics (1)

It drowns in its own shallowness.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Cast a Deadly Spell

HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS MOVIE EXISTED!?!?!?!? 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.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Eduardo C
Eduardo C

Super Reviewer

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.

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