In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Hudson
Sen. Larson Crockett
Hypolyta Kropotkin
Finn Macha
John Epperson ...
Vivian Dart (as Lypsinka)
The Manicurist
N.J. Gottlieb
Lt. Morris Bradbury
John Durbin ...
Gregory Bell ...
G-man #1 (as Chris Darga)


Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the tallents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Reminiscent of Roger Rabbit, without the toons. Written by John Vogel <>

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It's a new kind of evil, as old as time.


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Rated R for some strong language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Chasseur de sorcières  »

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While making the circuit of talk shows to promote this movie, Dennis Hopper stated it was the strangest movie he had been in. See more »


Kropotkin's first name is Hypolyta on her office door, but Hypolita in the closing credit cast list. See more »


Senator Crockett: I'll tell ya what yer gonna get, yer gonna get double-digit inflation, and a designated hitter, and wars in countries you've never even heard of! Now that's what I call a world without magic!
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Lovecraft has spoken!
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one didn't rate as high as the first one (Cast a Deadly Spell), but it was still a great film. Dennis Hopper is always a great actor and does the lead role, very well in this movie.

A comedy version of the Lovecraftian mythos, this film really delivers what fans of this genre and fans of HPL are looking for.

The guys who have made (cough cough)screen plays of HPL's works should take lessons from this film and the first one (HIRE REAL ACTORS DUMMIES!) If you like horror/comedy, are a HPL fan. or just want to rent something, but all the new releases you wanted to see are already out, get this film and the first one.

It gets 5 tentacles and two pincers up WITH a bit of insane piping on the elder god-o-meter

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