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Director:
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Danny Steinmann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The unknown brings terror. The UNSEEN ... DEATH See more »
Plot:
A trio of female reporters find themselves staying overnight in a house occupied by a hostile being lurking in the basement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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“The Unseen” (1981) Review
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Rather dull proceedings sprinkled with memorable moments See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Furst ... 'Junior' Keller (The Unseen)

Barbara Bach ... Jennifer Fast

Sydney Lassick ... Ernest Keller
Lelia Goldoni ... Virginia Keller
Karen Lamm ... Karen Fast
Douglas Barr ... Tony Ross (as Doug Barr)
Lois Young ... Vicki Thompson
Maida Severn ... Solvang Lady

Directed by
Danny Steinmann  (as Peter Foleg)
 
Writing credits
Danny Steinmann (screenplay) (as Peter Foleg)

Danny Steinmann (story) (as Peter Foleg) and
Stan Winston (story) &
Thomas R. Burman (story) (as Tom Burman)

Michael L. Grace  uncredited
Kim Henkel  story (uncredited)
Nancy Rifkin  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Don Behrns .... co-producer (as Don P. Behrns)
Howard Goldfarb .... executive producer (as Howard G. Goldfarb)
Anthony B. Unger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael J. Lewis 
 
Cinematography by
Roberto A. Quezada (director of photography) (as Roberto Quezada)
 
Film Editing by
Jonathon Braun 
 
Casting by
Jessica Overwise 
 
Art Direction by
Dena Roth 
 
Set Decoration by
Maria Caso (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Marla Manalis .... makeup artist
Craig Reardon .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Barry Bernardi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director
Rick Wallace .... first assistant director (as Richard C. Wallace)
 
Art Department
John Carter .... construction assistant
Cindy Cavalenes .... property assistant
George Costello .... construction supervisor
Tommy Estridge .... property master
Richard Scott .... property assistant (as Rick Scott)
 
Sound Department
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Hilkene)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Richard Overton .... post-production sound mixer
Richard Weaver .... post-production sound mixer
Howard Wilmarth .... post-production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Harry Woolman .... special effects
 
Stunts
Candy Allen .... stunt double
Norman Blankenship .... stunt double (as Norm Blankenship)
Corrie Jansen .... stunt double (as Corri Jansen)
Sonny Shields .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Batzdorff .... best boy grip (as Ben Batzdorf)
Alan C. Blomquist .... best boy grip (as Alan Blomquist)
James L. Carter .... additional photographer (as James Carter)
Mike Connors .... best boy grip
Paul Elliott .... first assistant camera
James J. Gilson .... gaffer (as Jim Gilson)
Irv Goodnoff .... additional photographer
Jim Grce .... grip
George Horn .... still photographer
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... electrician (as Dwight Lavers)
Michael Moore .... best boy electric
Terry Moore .... best boy electric
Guy Olds .... second assistant camera
Gregory Orr .... electrician
Mark M. Pompian .... grip (as Mark Pompian)
Stephen L. Posey .... electrician (as Steve Posey)
Rob Sherwood .... grip
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer
Al Vasquez .... grip
John Zumpano .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caryl Christian .... wardrobe assistant
Kelly McGowan .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Richard C. Meyer .... editorial supervisor
Kim Secrist .... assistant film editor (as K. Kim Secrist)
 
Music Department
Michael J. Lewis .... conductor
 
Other crew
Ami Agmon .... production assistant
Duncan Brine .... production assistant
George Casper .... assistant: Solvang
Harry Haskell .... production assistant
Andy Howard .... production accountant
Jeffrey C. Ingber .... presenter
Mark Miller .... assistant: Solvang
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor (as Jacqueline Saunders)
Herbert R. Steinmann .... presenter
Beth Tate .... location manager
Vicki Unger .... production assistant
Marlene West .... assistant to producer
 
Thanks
Mark Brownstein .... the producers wish to thank
Sandy Lang .... the producers wish to thank
John J. Linder .... the producers wish to thank (as John Linder)
 

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Runtime:
Spain:90 min | UK:83 min | USA:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1989) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1980) | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video premiere) (1984) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R

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Trivia:
Director 'Danny Stienmann' was upset with the final cut of the film because it missed most of the major scares. This is why he had his name removed from the credits.See more »
Quotes:
Ernest Keller:I wonder what junior's fate would be... I wonder... Seems obvious to me my dear they would not treat him so kindly. He would suffer greatlySee more »

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Rather dull proceedings sprinkled with memorable moments, 1 July 2015
Author: ultra_violent from New York City, New York, USA

"The Unseen" has Barbara Bach as one of three female Los Angeles news reporters who are in Northern California to cover a local festival. They end up boarding at an old farmhouse after finding all the hotels in town to be booked, and each individually come face-to-face with a sinister presence lurking in the basement of the home.

Given the credentials of its makers, one would think that "The Unseen" would excel as a genre picture— an early directing credit of cult filmmaker Danny Steinmann, director of "Savage Streets" and "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning," it was also co-written by Kim "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" Henkel, and even featured crew members fresh off of John Carpenter's "Halloween." What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, sort of.

"The Unseen" is a visually appealing film; the cinematography is slick and there is a fair amount of atmosphere here (never mind the overuse of slow-motion shots at peak suspense sequences); it does have a fair share of problems though. Not only is is it staggeringly predictable, but it's also incredibly dull for the first hour. Mind, this is not a body count film by any means, but what it lacks in visual carnage, it fails to make up for in adequate suspense.

There are two key scenes that occur in the film's first hour that kept me drawn in, and they are admittedly well-executed. That's really all to be had here though. Family hysterics abound as the loopy couple who own the farmhouse exhibit their own neuroses, and the familial drama reaches its peak point in the film's goofy climax where the "unseen"'s true identity is revealed (not to much surprise). The film is in many ways similar to Denny Harris' "The Silent Scream," which was made the same year— they share very similar tonal elements, and also complement each other in terms of architectural dwellings of the villains; "The Unseen" lurks in the basement, while the villain in "The Silent Scream" resides in a secret attic. They actually would make a fantastic double feature, though "Silent Scream" is a bit more engaging of a film.

The performances here are actually decent, though Barbara Bach is lacking in the emotive department; she does make up for this though with a great performance during the finale sequences, letting some impressive screams loose. Stephen Furst deserves attention for a disturbing turn as the "unseen," and Sydney Lassick and Lelia Goldoni are madcap mad and wildly hysterical, respectively.

Overall, "The Unseen" is a decent offering from the genre, but doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a suspense film or a slasher film. Its victim list is far too short to qualify it as a slasher picture, but it lacks the cohesive tension of a suspense film. What we end up with is a dull and ultimately predictable horror flick that is just enough to be slightly memorable, but not enough to truly stand out. There are some well-played sequences and a decent climax, but the majority of the picture is too plodding to truly engage with. 5/10.

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