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The Unholy (1988)

R | | Horror | 22 April 1988 (USA)
A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father Dennis
Nicole Fortier ...
Demon
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Claude
Phil Becker ...
Doctor
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Lt. Stern
Susan Bearden ...
Hotel manager
Xavier Barquet ...
Bell Boy
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Housekeeper
Jeff D'Onofrio ...
Paramedic
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Father Michael
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Archbishop Mosely
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Father Silva
Martha Hester ...
Young nun
John Boyland ...
Dr. Valerio
Claudia Robinson ...
Teresa
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In New Orleans, a series of horrific murders of priests are occurring around the city's Catholic churches. The diocese calls in Father Michael (Cross) to fight the powerful demon, known as Daesidarius, or The Unholy. The Father's faith is tested almost to the breaking point as the demon - disguised as a stunningly beautiful lady - attempts to seduce Father Michael into breaking his vows. Father Michael soon learns how the Unholy works - by murdering the sinner in the act of sinning, then sending that person's soul to Hell. Will this one priest's inner strength be enough to stop this monster - or will he join the ranks of the other ill-fated priests? Written by medic249a2

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You Haven't Got A Prayer. See more »

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22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az átkozott  »

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$6,337,299 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Camilo Vila proclaimed that this was not a horror film during its initial release despite the fact that the film was about literal demons from hell. See more »

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Featured in Svengoolie: The Unholy (2001) See more »

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Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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If you succumb to that temptation, it will kill you in the act of sin.
14 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was looking for something good out of the 80s and stumbled upon this one.

Father Dennis (Ruben Rabasa) is praying and is tempted by the demon in the form of Nicole Fortier, who, unfortunately, only made two movies. Now, the Pope himself would not be able to resist her unholy charms, so Father Dennis had no chance and died for his sins. he was not the first.

Father Michael (Ben Cross from the new Star Trek) has a miraculous fall from 17 stories, so the Archbishop (Hal Holbrook) assigns him to Saint Agnes, not fully informing him of what he was up against.

Ned Beatty, one of my favorites, plays a police Lieutenant who is trying to solve the murders. William Russ ("Boy Meets World", American History X) is a club owner that practices Satanic Ritual. One of his employees, Jill Carroll, tempts the good father with her holies, and he resists, proving that he is ready to face the demon with her unholies.

Lots of boobage, some blood and gore, and fascinating special effects, especially the exploding midget.


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