- Actors: Dennis Hopper, Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Bogosian, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Julian Sands
- Directors: Paul Schrader
- Writers: Joseph Dougherty
- Producers: Betsy Beers, David Gale, Gale Anne Hurd, Joseph Dougherty, Michael R. Joyce
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Rated: R (Restricted)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Hbo Home Video
- VHS Release Date: September 8, 1998
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 630341642X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Witch Hunt [VHS]
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Top Customer Reviews
Set as a 50's type of Raymond Chandler detective story, it's richly told and tremendously riveting.
I recommend it highly to Dennis Hopper or Robert Heinlein fans that are familiar with some of Heinlein's early works (pre "Stranger in a Strange Land").
Why someone panned this film so harshly I can't possibly fathom.
It follows a detective played beautifully by Dennis Hopper as he tries to solve a murder. What is unusual is
that the average Joe uses magic as part of his daily routine,i.e.want to take out your trash,simply think it
and its done or want to be beautiful have someone cast
a spell and its done.
Hopper vehemently refuses to use magic eventhough he knows how.We get to follow him as meets a cast of quirky characters who use magic and try to help him solve the
Its just a fun movie.
I was attracted to many elements in the plot, and generally liked this movie, so I give it a 4 star rating overall.
On the down side, the movie seemed a little flat at times, and tried to combine murders with a little comedy, in a way that was a little awkward sometimes. There was also a very tedious subplot where an evil politico is portrayed as a McCarthy/ HUAC-like crusader against the occult community who uses magic in everyday life. Also, the viewer is asked to suspend belief in many obvious plot flaws that would exist if magic spells were a fact of everyday life with everyday people.
This HBO movie is a follow-on to another HBO movie, "Cast a Deadly Spell" (with different actors, but same fictional setting) which I, unfortunately, haven't watched yet, so I can't comment on that.
But, for "Witch Hunt" if one just relaxes, sits back, accepts the premises of the plot and just watches to see where it will go, this can be a very enjoyable and bizarre ride. An aged Dennis Hopper with slick backed hair trying to solve a murder mystery, shiny classic cars being driven around LA, people casting spells to shrink things, and bring people thru time, a creation of a post art deco/ "Chinatown" -like LA that never existed, curses being placed and lifted all over---wow, where else can you see this?
For those who like these things, and like cult films, and are willing to overlook some problems, this is a good watch.
A caution---I had to watch it 2 or 3 times to pick up everything happening, but I like films like this, too. Some of you may not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tape , It run like new . Theak you for sending to me. iwill enjoy it for manny years. ARTPublished 21 months ago by arthur
That earth was Diffent but it steal had stuped people in it people are just people
I like that it was understandable.
Always loved Dennis Hopper Flicks, this was a very good one good story line, makes you think, if life was like this how would it be?Published on May 29, 2013 by Jeffrey
This 1995 film is a loosely-based sequel to a previous HBO production, "Cast a Deadly Spell" starring Fred Ward, one of my all-time favorite character actors. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by MadMacs
Great movie using H.P. Lovecraft's mythos in a very humorous and somewhat Film Noir fashion. My only question is when will they get off their butts and make this and "Cast a Deadly... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by The Solomon Kane
Most people like the first in the series better but this one is my favorite. I like alternate universe stories and the idea that magic is as common as electricity in a modern world... Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Joseph R. Norman
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