Episode 24: Jerry Smith Will ‘Cast a Deadly Spell’
September 16th, 2020 | By Matthew Monagle
Turn back the clock, my child, to a time when new movies released on premium subscription services were a thing of wonder. When second-tier leading men and up-and-coming Hollywood stars would work together to tantalize and amaze adolescent movie fans everywhere. Welcome to the era of HBO Originals.
In this week’s episode, we look at Cast a Deadly Spell, the 1991 direct-to-cable feature from future James Bond director Martin Campbell. The film stars Fred Ward – of Tremors fame – and a young Julianne Moore as a star-crossed couple trying to navigate the magic-infested stress of mid-century Los Angeles. Equal parts H.P. Lovecraft and John Huston, Cast a Deadly Spell takes an outrageous premise and plays it as straight as an arrow, making it one of the better horror-comedies of the decade.
We are joined this week by journalist and composer Jerry Smith, who opens up about his own experiences as a horror fan in the early ’90s and explains why movies like Cast a Deadly Spell were so influential to him as kid. So grab your smokes and throw on your fedora, because we’re headed back to the Golden Era of Hollywood.