one of the better lines in HBO's made-for-television sequel
to Cast A Deadly
Spell . Screenwriter Joseph Dougherty is back behind
the word processor, but this time he's left the Lovecraft
Mythos on the cutting-room floor and has come up with a rather
bland magic-cum-detective story.
Paul Schrader directs a terribly miscast Dennis Hopper as
the un-magical detective, H. Phillip Lovecraft. Whatever movie
Hopper is in doesn't seem to be the one set in 1953 Hollywood;
Hopper looks more confused than the plot, which concerns a
Joseph McCarthy-like U.S. Senator, played by Eric Bogosian,
chairing the Sub-Committee of Un-Natural Activities. The Senator
is on a silly crusade to stamp out magicit's silly because
magic is legal and witches are licensed by the state.
At a witch-burning rally the Senator gets magically exposed
for the hypocrite he is under a sign that reads: NO MORE MAGIC
There definitely is no magic in this Hollywood product,
and absolutely nothing of H.P. Lovecraft.