Cast a Deadly Spell

Cast a Deadly Spell

Continuing my exploration of cult cinema:

Cast a Deadly Spell

1991. Directed by Martin Campbell

Los Angeles, 1948
Everyone Uses Magic

Part noir homage, part Lovecraft schlock horror, and part golden era comedy, Cast a Deadly Spell is a HBO Original Film that is notoriously difficult to track down.

In the wake of WWII the USA has embraced the use of magic as part of routine, every day life. In the midst of this new world, zombies are used for manual labor, spells help transport luggage and light cigarettes, and runes are the most deadly of weapons.

Amidst this esoteric pot boiler The Necromonicon is stolen and it falls on H. Philip Lovecraft a detective who does not use magic to find it.

With great turns by the always reliable Fred Ward, Clancy Brown, and a fledgling Julianne Moore, the film doesn't rise above it's c grade special effects and cutting room floor aesthetics. and it's glorious.

Not Shakespeare by any definition this is a wild ride through an occult fun house that completely buys into itself and never loses it's charm.

Available on Amazon Prime.

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