Witch Hunt (1994 film)

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Witch Hunt
  • Crime
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
Written by Joseph Dougherty
Directed by Paul Schrader
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Joseph Dougherty (co-executive producer)
Cinematography Jean-Yves Escoffier
Editor(s) Kristina Boden
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s)
Distributor HBO
Original network HBO
Original release
  • December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)

Witch Hunt (1994) is a horror, detective HBO film starring Dennis Hopper[1] and Eric Bogosian,[2] directed by Paul Schrader and written by Joseph Dougherty.[3] The original music score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti.[3]


Hopper stars as 1950s hardboiled private detective H. 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.

Witch Hunt takes place in the 1950s during the red scare, in which magic is substituted for communism.

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 in Witch Hunt he refuses because of a bad experience he has had.



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