HEY! PEOPLE! “Cast A Deadly Spell” is available on Amazon Video!

Free with Prime membership! Not on Netflix! Alas, Witch Hunt is not available on either, but this is still awesome news. Cast a Deadly Spell is an HBO Film set in a postwar 1940s California where magic works and Phil Lovecraft (no relation) is a private detective. If you have not seen this movie – and I’ve raved about it before – then give yourself permission to go and watch it. It’s far too good to be so inexplicably not available on DVD.

I may just end up complaining every six months about Cast a Deadly Spell and Witch Hunt.

Does ANYBODY KNOW why these movies aren’t available on DVD?  They put everything on DVD these days.  Is there a lawsuit, an estate problem, a vendetta involving the Bavarian Illuminati and the Priory of Sion?  What, in point of fact, gives?

Moe Lane

PS: Background here.  Basically, Cast a Deadly Spell and Witch Hunt are two HBO pictures that mashed up noir and Call of Cthulhu, and did a damned better job at them than anybody’s reasonable expectations.  I want to own these films.  I don’t have a VHS player anymore. That doing the first would involve changing the second annoys me.

OMIGOD OMIGOD “Cast a Deadly Spell” is on YouTube OMIGOD.

What is Cast a Deadly Spell?  It’s the best mashup of Raymond Chandler and HP Lovecraft that HBO Pictures ever made, that’s what*.


I do not understand why they refuse to issue this on DVD.  I have money that I want to give to them in exchange for a DVD and before you tell me that there’s no interest have you seen some of the things that they issue on DVD?  Even if they just put it on Amazon Instant Video, for the love of God.  Throw me a bone, here.

Moe Lane

*The second-best was Witch Hunt.

Get “Cast a Deadly Spell” and “Witch Hunt” on DVD, dagnabbit.

I wish to give the people who own these properties money for a DVD copy.

Several years ago I noted for the record:

It is downright criminal that [Witch Hunt] and its prequel (Cast a Deadly Spell) are only available on VHS.

I still stand by that statement.

Moe Lane

PS: …What? Oh, it’s H.P. Lovecraft meets Raymond Chandler. And the first part was not implicit in any way, shape, or form.

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