Cast a Deadly Spell
|Cast a Deadly Spell|
|Written by||Joseph Dougherty|
|Directed by||Martin Campbell|
|Music by||Curt Sobel|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Gale Anne Hurd|
Ginny Nugent (line producer)
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Production company(s)||HBO Pictures|
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) is a comedy horror detective film with Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, David Warner and Clancy Brown. It was directed by Martin Campbell, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, and written by Joseph Dougherty. The original music score was composed by Curt Sobel.
Ward stars as 1948 hardboiled private detective H. Philip Lovecraft, in a fictional Los Angeles 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. When he takes on a case, he finds himself embroiled in a plot involving magical hitmen, pure damsels, old flames and older evils all connected by a mysterious grimoire.
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. Many characters reappear from Cast a Deadly Spell, though some have different backstories. For example, in the first film Lovecraft refuses to use magic on principle, though in Witch Hunt it is stated that he had a bad experience with magic which caused him to stop practicing.
- Fred Ward – Harry Philip Lovecraft (same initials as Howard Phillips Lovecraft)
- Julianne Moore – Connie Stone
- David Warner – Amos Hackshaw
- Alexandra Powers – Olivia Hackshaw
- Clancy Brown – Harry Bordon
- Charles Hallahan - Detective Morris Bradbury
- Arnetia Walker - Hypolite Kropotkin
- Raymond O'Connor - Tugwell
- Peter Allas - Detective Otto Grimaldi
- Lee Tergesen - Larry Willis/Lilly Sirwar
- Michael Reid MacKay - Gargoyle
- Curt Sobel - Band Leader
- Saturn Award - Best Genre Television Series (Nomination)
- CableACE Award - Best Original Score (Nomination)
- Emmy Award - Outstanding Music & Lyrics (Won)
- Emmy Award - Outstanding Sound Editing (Nomination)
- J. O'Connor, John (September 10, 1991). "Review/Television; A Detective and Sci-Fi In Los Angeles Magic". The New York Times.
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