Cast a Deadly Spell

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Cast a Deadly Spell
Directed by Martin Campbell
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd
Written by Joseph Dougherty
Starring Fred Ward
Julianne Moore
Clancy Brown
David Warner
Charles Hallahan
Alexandra Powers
Music by Curt Sobel
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski[1]
Edited by Dan Rae
Distributed by HBO
Release dates
  • September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000

Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) is a horror, detective HBO film with Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, David Warner and Clancy Brown.[1] It was directed by Martin Campbell, produced by Gale Anne Hurd,[1] and written by Joseph Dougherty.[1] The original music score was composed by Curt Sobel.[1]


Ward stars as 1948 hardboiled private detective H. Philip 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.


HBO produced a sequel, Witch Hunt. Witch Hunt takes place in the 1950s during the red scare, in which magic is substituted for communism. Dennis Hopper played Lovecraft in place of Fred Ward. Additionally, many characters have different background stories than in Cast a Deadly Spell. For example, Lovecraft refuses to use magic in Cast a Deadly Spell on principle, and because of a bad experience in Witch Hunt.




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