Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

USA, 7 September

An American horror television film directed by Martin Campbell.

Plot Summary

Los Angeles, 1948: private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft is hired to track down a copy of the infamous book, , which has been stolen. The only problem is that in a town where everyone uses , Lovecraft refuses to join in – making a tough job even harder when demons, zombie, vampires and other supernatural creatures get in his way…


Director: Martin Campbell
HBO. Pacific Western
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
Script: Joseph Dougherty
Director of Photography: Alexander Gruszynski
Editor: Dan Rae
Music: Curt Sobel
Sound Mixer: Ed White
Costume Designer: Mary Rose
Make-up: Michelle Bühler
Hair: Barbara Olvera
Special Make-up Effects: Vance Hartwell, Tim Turner
Creatures: Alterian Inc
Visual Effects: 4-Ward Productions
Production Designer: Jon Bunker

Fred Ward (Detective Harry Philip Lovecraft)
David Warner (Amos Hackshaw)
Julianne Moore (Connie Stone)
Clancy Brown (Harry Bordon)
Alexandra Powers (Olivia Hackshaw)
Charles Hallahan (Detective Bradbury)
Arnetia Walker (Hypolite Kropotkin)
Raymond O'Connor (Tugwell)
Peter Allas (Detective Otto Grimaldi)
Lee Tergesen (Larry Willis/Lilly Sirwar)
Ritch Brinkley (Owl Wagon manager)
Jaime Cardriche (zombie)
John De Bello (coroner)
David Downing (Thadius Pilgrim)
Colin Drake (Butler Meadows)
Jim Eustermann (werewolf)
Bradley James (boy #2)
Scott Lincoln (bartender)
Michael Reid MacKay (gargoyle)
Robert Mickelson (boy #1)

Alternative Titles

Détective Philippe Lovecraft – France
Um Feitiço de Morte – Portugal
Halálos igézet – Hungary
Hechizo letal – alternative Spanish title
Hexenjagd in L.A. – Germany
Kirous kintereillä – Finland
Omicidi e incantesimi – Italy
El sello de Satán – Spain
Svart förbannelse – Sweden

Witch Hunt (1994)


  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman p.34
  • Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-restraint by Mike Watt pp.42-45 – illustrated review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.75
  • The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik p.98-99 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.281