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Witch Hunt (1994)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Fantasy, Mystery  |  10 December 1994 (USA)
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In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it.

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Kim Hudson
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Sen. Larson Crockett
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Hypolyta Kropotkin
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Finn Macha
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G-man #1 (as Chris Darga)
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Sidney
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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

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Crime | Fantasy | Mystery

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

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 »

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After waking up at Vivian Dart's house, Lovecraft applies ice to his forehead although he was soundly hit on the back of his head. See more »

Quotes

Senator Crockett: Let me tell you a little something about 'The People' Phil; you lock any ten of them in a room, they may not elect a leader, but I guarantee they'll pick someone to hate.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jalacy Hawkins)
Performed by Nina Simone
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An abject corruption of the fun that was Cast a Deadly Spell
17 May 2015 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The more I think about it, the lower I want to rate this movie. Luckily, four stars out of ten is the lowest I can go before a movie becomes interestingly bad. Witch Hunt has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

I watched this film because it was the sequel to a Lovecraft inspired detective comedy called Cast a Deadly Spell. It was campy and weird, but I liked it a lot and I found it kept the right proportion between fun and respect of the source, as well as having some original ideas that made it really entertaining.

Somehow, the studios decided to make a sequel and Witch Hunt is what they came with. The production qualities were bad, making the movie feel sloppy and low budget. The director was so horrible that Dennis Hopper came off as a bad actor. The story was written by the same guy that wrote the first film so I have no idea why this one was so lame. They removed almost all traces of fun from it, trying to make it more serious, but ended up sucking the soul from the movie until nothing was left.

Bottom line: one of the weakest sequels of all time and a complete waste of time as a movie. The only Lovecraft inspiration is the name of the main detective. The acting is bad, the direction is abysmal and the production qualities are like they intended this film to never be made.


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