History Film / CastADeadlySpell

17th Aug '16 10:38:09 AM Mdumas43073
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''Cast a Deadly Spell'' is a 1991 horror/noir movie made for HBO. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty.

It's 1948. The plot follows HardboiledDetective [[Creator/HPLovecraft Harry 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. There's some implication that magic only recently gained widespread use for whatever reason. Lovecraft is hired to recover the Necronomicon, stolen by persons unknown -- although their motives probably aren't: the book contains the rituals needed to awaken and summon the Outer Gods. Complicating Lovecraft's investigation is his former partner, now a crime boss, who is also looking for the book.

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''Cast a Deadly Spell'' is a 1991 horror/noir movie made for HBO.Creator/{{HBO}}. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty.

It's 1948. The plot follows HardboiledDetective [[Creator/HPLovecraft Harry Phillip Lovecraft]], Lovecraft]] (Fred Ward), 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. There's some implication that magic only recently gained widespread use for whatever reason. Lovecraft is hired to recover the Necronomicon, stolen by persons unknown -- although their motives probably aren't: the book contains the rituals needed to awaken and summon the Outer Gods. Complicating Lovecraft's investigation is his former partner, now a crime boss, who is also looking for the book.
17th Aug '16 10:36:32 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Cast a Deadly Spell''''' is a 1991 horror/noir movie made for HBO. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty.

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'''''Cast ''Cast a Deadly Spell''''' Spell'' is a 1991 horror/noir movie made for HBO. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty.
5th Aug '16 8:16:06 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* DieselPunk

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* DieselPunkDieselPunk: 1940s technology with Lovecraftian magic.



* DungeonPunk

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* DungeonPunkDungeonPunk: Lovecraftian magic with 1940s technology.



* EvilIsNotAToy

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* EvilIsNotAToyEvilIsNotAToy: Lovecraft's take on magic.



* GripingAboutGremlins: A very... [[Creator/JoeDante Dante]]-[[Film/{{Gremlins}} esque]] one makes an appearance.

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* GripingAboutGremlins: A very... [[Creator/JoeDante Dante]]-[[Film/{{Gremlins}} esque]] one makes They cause problems in vehicles, just like "real" gremlins. Their design is an appearance.obvious {{homage}} to Creator/JoeDante's [[Film/{{Gremlins}} films]].



* HardboiledDetective
* HollywoodVoodoo

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* HardboiledDetective
HardboiledDetective: Lovecraft, complete with narration.
* HollywoodVoodooHollywoodVoodoo: The opening scene has a voodoo doll as a murder weapon. Voodoo-style zombies are also used as cheap labor.
* {{Homage}}: The gremlins are obviously based on those from the film ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''



* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot

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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlotMinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A stolen book leads to a plan to destroy the world.



* UrbanFantasy
* UtilityMagic

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* UrbanFantasy
UrbanFantasy: 1940s Los Angeles with magic.
* UtilityMagicUtilityMagic: People are seen using magic to light their cigarettes and retrieve files.
5th Aug '16 8:04:49 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Gayngster}}: Another FilmNoir staple. Mickey and Larry fit the bill.
5th Aug '16 8:02:12 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Lovecraft asks if Lilly met Mickey at "a fag party."



* OccultDetective: Somewhat subverted in his refusing to use magic.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Both Lovecraft and Bordon have the same first name, Harry, but Lovecraft prefers to go by his middle name, Phil, relegating his first name to merely an initial on both his business cards and office door.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: And man, are they ugly.
* OurGargoylesRock: Hackshaw employs an animate stone gargoyle as a spy and occasional assassin.

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* OccultDetective: Somewhat subverted in his refusing to use magic.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Both
Lovecraft and Bordon have the same first name, Harry, but Lovecraft prefers to go by his middle name, Phil, relegating his first name to merely an initial on both his business cards and office door.
is specifically chosen because he ''doesn't'' use magic.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: And man, are they ugly.
A big slug-thing with a long, insect-like tongue.
* OurGargoylesRock: Hackshaw employs an animate stone gargoyle as a spy and occasional assassin. It's immune to bullets, but not a GroinAttack.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Strictly Type V's here.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Strictly Type V's here.Zombies are shipped in from the West Indies to serve as manual labor and muscle. They last about three months before they rot away.



* RunningGag: Phil accidentally giving people Mrs. Kropotkin's business card for her dancing school rather than his own.
** Also people insulting Phil's tie.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Phil accidentally giving people Mrs. Kropotkin's business card for her dancing school rather than his own.
** Also people insulting People makes jokes about Phil's loud tie.



** The nightclub is called "[[Literature/TheDunwichHorror The Dunwich Room]].



* VirginPower: Olivia uses her "power" to hunt Unicorns.

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* VirginPower: Olivia uses her "power" to hunt Unicorns. Also, the Old Ones can only be summoned by using a virgin as part of the ritual.



* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Lilly Sirwar/Larry Willis]]
26th Jun '15 12:04:53 PM Fyrmer
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* GripingAboutGremlins: A very... [[Creator/JoeDante Dante]]-[[Film/{{Gremlins}} esque]] one makes an appearance.
26th Jun '15 12:01:41 PM Fyrmer
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* UnSorcerer

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* UnSorcererUnSorcerer: Lovecraft, who has sworn off the use of magic.



* VirginSacrifice

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* VirginSacrificeVirginSacrifice: The BigBad's plan requires one.
6th Jan '15 2:40:08 PM nombretomado
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** Also, Lovecraft's former police chief is named [[RayBradbury Bradbury]].

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** Also, Lovecraft's former police chief is named [[RayBradbury [[Creator/RayBradbury Bradbury]].
10th Oct '14 11:23:25 PM Fireblood
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* TheChanteuse: When we first see Connie Stone, she's singing a song in Harry Bordon's nightclub. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCp2-fbsm2Y#t=6m55s Here's a video of the scene]].

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* TheChanteuse: When we first see Connie Stone, she's singing a song in Harry Bordon's nightclub. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCp2-fbsm2Y#t=6m55s Here's a video of the scene]].
10th Sep '14 12:31:14 AM DoctorNemesis
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* FemmeFatale: What would a FilmNoir pastiche be without one? [[spoiler: It's Connie.]]


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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Connie's defence of her life takes on this edge after Lovecraft's ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules speech:
-->'''Connie:''' I'm not gonna apologise for my life.\\
'''Lovecraft:''' I didn't ask you to.\\
'''Connie:''' I'm happy the way things are.\\
'''Lovecraft:''' Glad to hear it.\\
'''Connie:''' You gotta look ahead. You can't drag around the past. There's nothing you can do about it!\\
'''Lovecraft:''' Sounds like you got a real good grip on things.\\
'''Connie:''' ''[Breaking]'' Dammit, Phil, why'd you have to walk back into my life?\\
'''Lovecraft:''' Why'd you walk out of mine?
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