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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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
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Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ...
Hypolite Kropotkin
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Tugwell
Peter Allas ...
Det. Otto Grimaldi
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Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ...
Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ...
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John De Bello ...
Crooner
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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". Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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7 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Détective Philippe Lovecraft  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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The whole plot and many of the monsters are taken from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. That's why Fred Ward's character has his name too. See more »

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The guide wire on the oatmeal demon is visible as it flies to attack the restaurant manager. See more »

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Hackshaw: [summoning Yog-Sothoth] From the wells of night to the gulfs of space. Ever the praises of great Cthulhu and Tsathoggua and of Him who is not named. Ever praises of abundance to the black goat of the woods, Shub-Niggurath, the goat with a thousand young, for thou has seen the dark universe yawning, the lost place where black planets roll without aim. Too long have thou dwelt in that cold captivity beyond the mercy of time. The way is clear. Return. And rule. Yog-Sothoth is the key and the ...
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Spoofs The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Satisfy
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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