Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amos Hackshaw
Olivia Hackshaw
Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ...
Hypolite Kropotkin
Peter Allas ...
Det. Otto Grimaldi
Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ...
Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ...
John De Bello ...
Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake ...
Butler Meadows


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". Written by Ken Yousten <>

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Release Date:

7 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Détective Philippe Lovecraft  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Amos (David Warner) Hackshaw refers to his butler as Meadows, which implies that the man has a respectable history to him. Servants are usually addressed by their first names; only those who had a "respectable" earlier career (such as a teacher) are addressed by their surnames. See more »


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 »


Hackshaw: Do you realize how long they've waited for me? Centuries! Millennia!
Lovecraft: How long is that in dog years?
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Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Robert Jason
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Blend of tension and humour
27 January 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

It is rare to find a film that can actually be funny and still mount very real tension (Ghostbusters and Galaxy Quest are two examples that have succeeded). This film does so in very good noir-ish style. Rife with inside jokes that should appeal to any fan of the hard-boiled detectives, horror movies, Lovecraft and film noir. Fred Ward and David Warner are perfectly suited in this film.

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