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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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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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$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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Bradbury: [examining a voodoo doll] Time was you had to look a man in the eye before you could kill him. You owed him that.
Lovecraft: Yeah, now with the nerve and a little know-how, you can do it by tyin' six knots and a piece of string. Ain't modern livin' grand?
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Followed by Witch Hunt (1994) See more »

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Why Do I Lie?
Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven
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Cthulhu rises again!!
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was excellent! The combination of old gangster, comedy, and horror was a great idea. The acting was excellent (Fred Ward rocks, as usual), and for an 80s film, it was really good (I'm not a big fan of the mall hair, brat pack, and Modonna crap that was hashed out in the big 80s).

This film, quite the opposite was very entertaining and an absolute MUST HAVE for HPL fans.

The entire movie was Lovecraft inspired and not a murder of his writings, like most of them are.

Most definitely, check it out. You won't regret it. it's a great tongue-in-cheeck, campy horror schlock that is actually well done.

If you like it, there's a sequel called "With Hunt" with Dennis Hopper as the lead. Not as good, but still entertaining.

This film rates 7 tentacles and a star shaped protrusion all the way up, on the elder god-o-meter


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