Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 4

Movie: Cast a Deadly Spell
Starring: Fred Ward, Julianna Moore
Genre: Film Noir, Cop-drama, Horror-Fantasy, Comedy
Year: 1991
Format: online

Plot: Lovecraft is a detective in LA in the 1940's, and living in a world where magic is as common as breathing.  He's managed to hold out from using.  One of the richest men in the city hires him to locate a lost book - the Necronomicon - and along the way, has to deal with his former lover and her mob boss boyfriend.

This was done at the height of the Lovecraft craze back in the early 1990's with magic being used in this movie as a metaphor for addiction.
I loved the little nod to Ray Bradbury in this as well, giving one of the other detectives his name.
This also stars David Warner, who besides being a regular star of horror films, has become a familiar face in the Lovecraft genre over the years.

What do I think I learned from this film?
Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean it's a good idea.  Then again, addiction has more forms then we could ever think.  Oh and of course, it's never wise to piss off the Cthulhu with a fake virgin.

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