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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Fantasy | Horror  -  7 September 1991 (USA)
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In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

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Amos Hackshaw
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Olivia Hackshaw
Charles Hallahan ...
Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ...
Hypolite Kropotkin
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Tugwell
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Det. Otto Grimaldi
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Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ...
Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ...
Zombie
John De Bello ...
Coroner
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Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake ...
Butler Meadows
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In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones". (Contains several in-jokes to H.P. Lovecraft's horror fiction and also the hard-boiled detective genre.) Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Lovecraft is hired to recover the Necronimicon, a mystical book that appears in many of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories. See more »

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The bedroom in Connie Stone's 1948 house appears to have a round smoke detector immediately to the upper left of the door. See more »

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Connie Stone: Dammit, Phil, everybody's gotta compromise!
Phil Lovecraft: That's what I keep hearing.
Connie Stone: And what makes you so special?
Phil Lovecraft: What makes me special is I'm my own man. When I started out I said there were things I'd do and things I wouldn't do. A lot of guys start out like that, and a lot of them sell out along the way. But the more who fall, the easier it gets. "See, look, everybody compromises, everybody cheats, everybody uses magic." So they empty their ideals out of their pockets and get down to the job of ...
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Spoofs The Dunwich Horror (1970) See more »

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Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven
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Film Noir meets Stephen King
22 April 2002 | by (Santa Clarita, CA) – See all my reviews

Excellent blend of classic noir picture and supernatural tale. Story is interesting. It starts out as a Maltease Falcon kind of film, but it is clearly not the same 1940's Los Angeles that has been seen in many noir films before. Thats because everyone, except the main character) use magic. LA is awash with wizards, unicorns, zombies, and still the private investigator. The makeup and effects are wonderful. Actors are good, especially Ward and Moore.


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