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
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The book which the Lovecraft character's hired to recover - the Necronomicon, appears in many of author H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories. See more »
When Harry is telling his plan to Phil on the way to Bona Vista, he uses the word "goddamn" but we hear "goldurn". See more »
[She has walked into Lovecraft's office to find him half-dressed with Olivia]
Is this something I should know about?
Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft:
Just having a conference with a client, Mrs. Kropotkin.
Well, you don't suppose that as long as there's such a thing as a Vice Squad that you could hold a conference of a less bohemian nature, eh?
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If Ever A Movie Could Be Called "Unique," This Is It!
I wonder why this isn't a movie that people know? After all, it is definitely unique and fun to watch, and how many films do you know that are a combination 1940s film noir and horror? Man, this is a real "curiosity piece."
It's Los Angeles and 1948 and everyone, except the hero (Fred Ward) is using magic, occult witchcraft-type stuff (which this reviewer hardly endorses). Ludicrous, yes, but fascinating and funny in parts.
Too bad this isn't out on DVD because the colors and atmosphere just ooze 1940s. It's also simply great entertainment. Juliane Moore looks gorgeous and Ward is likable in the lead role. He has the authentic look of a private eye, and I like the idea that he has more morals than all the other characters in the movie combined.
If any story can be called truly "unique," this is one of them.
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