Graveyard Shift: CAST A DEADLY SPELL

Director Martin Campbell
Year 1991
Starring Fred Ward Julianne Moore Clancy Brown David Warner Charles Hallahan
Run Time 106min
Age Policy

18 and up. No one under 18 admitted.

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This month, the Graveyard Shift is taking you back in time to 1991 — a time before digital projectors, DVDs or the ability to watch a postage stamp-sized version of a movie on your cell phone. That’s right, we’re talking about the age of VHS!

Martin Campbell has been a very busy man over the last 20 years. While his big screen adaptation of Green Lantern may have fizzled out at the box office, you can forgive him that misfire. He did, after all, revamp and revitalize for modern audiences both Zorro (The Mask of Zorro) and James Bond twice over (GoldenEye and Casino Royale). But before he was a go-to guy for action spectaculars, Campbell directed one of the best films you’ve never seen.

A made-for-television movie produced by HBO, Cast A Deadly Spell is a modestly budgeted, impressively produced horror noir set in the ‘40s. Fred Ward stars as H.P. Lovecraft, a hard-boiled detective who lives in a world full of magic. From vampires to werewolves to gremlins, the LA that Lovecraft works out of is running rampant with the supernatural. Worse than the things that go bump in the night, though, are the mobsters trying to raise Cthulhu and his legion of elder gods, a race of monsters so nasty they’ll devour the Earth as an appetizer. Julianne Moore and Clancy Brown co-star in this little seen but not quite forgotten classic.

Since the movie has never been released on DVD and a 35mm print is almost certainly non-existent, we’re screening the film the only way possible — straight from a VCR. Celebrate the format that first introduced movie fans to the concept of affordably priced movie collecting with this special screening.

Tickets only $1!

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