“Magic. Gives me the shakes what you can buy in this town.”
Cast A Deadly Spell is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy with a late 1940s Film Noir backdrop. This alternate history of LA features a city gone mad after magic becomes just as common practice as sports night at the pub. Occultists and mobsters seek far and wide for diabolic tomes and eldritch artifacts. Even our main character shares his office with a witch. So, welcome to Las Angeles; where you won’t just need a gun, but a book of spells too!
A ways back, I covered an urban fantasy film called, “Cast a Deadly Spell”, which injected a post-War film noir aspect into the realms of modern fantasy. The sequel, “Witch Hunt” focuses on Cold War paranoia being represented by the abuse of magicks.
In the introduction, we’re given a TV newsreel of the world of L.A.! But, it’s not our L.A., as magic is everywhere in this atomic age fantasy. But, this decay in morality is too much for Senator Larson Crockett! His goal is to put an end to magic once and for all! Will he succeed? And of course, what insidious power is really at work here?