Witch Hunt (1994 film)
|Directed by||Paul Schrader|
|Produced by||Gale Anne Hurd|
|Written by||Joseph Dougherty|
Penelope Ann Miller
|Music by||Angelo Badalamenti|
|Edited by||Kristina Boden|
|Release date(s)||December 10, 1994|
|Running time||100 min.|
Witch Hunt (1994) is a horror/detective HBO movie starring Dennis Hopper. It was directed by Paul Schrader and written by Joseph Dougherty. The original music score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti.
Hopper stars as 1950s hardboiled private detective Phillip Lovecraft, in a fictional universe where magic is real, monsters and mythical beasts stalk the back alleys, zombies are used as cheap labor, and everyone—except Lovecraft—uses magic every day. Yet, cars, telephones and other modern technology also exist in this world.
It is a sequel to the HBO-produced film Cast a Deadly Spell. Hopper plays Lovecraft in place of Fred Ward. Additionally, many characters have different back-stories than in Cast a Deadly Spell. For example, Lovecraft refuses to use magic in Cast a Deadly Spell on principle, but refuses because of a bad experience in Witch Hunt.
H. P. Lovecraft influence
The movie is very much an homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Though not based on any one particular story by Lovecraft, the film features many Lovecraftian tropes, and can be considered to take place against the unified backdrop which has come to be known as the Cthulhu Mythos.
While the film clearly does not take place in Lovecraft's world, it does reference Lovecraft extensively (including the name of the main character), though there are many obvious differences. The most obvious difference is that in Witch Hunt, magic is omnipresent – everybody uses it. In Lovecraft's stories magic is almost unknown, except to a select few.
- Dennis Hopper - Harry Phillip Lovecraft
- Penelope Ann Miller - Kim Hudson
- Eric Bogosian - Senator Larson Crockett
- Sheryl Lee Ralph - Hypolita Laveau Kropotkin
- Julian Sands - Finn Macha
- Valerie Mahaffey - Trudy
- John Epperson - Vivian Dart (as Lypsinka)
- Debi Mazar - The Manicurist
- Alan Rosenberg - N.J. Gottlieb