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The Unholy (1988)

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A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

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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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30 March 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Az átkozott  »

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$6,337,299 (USA)
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Truly Frightening, But Still Misses the Mark.
25 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some unutterable evil is happening on the dark streets of New Orleans and it is up to Catholic priest Ben Cross to stop the spirits that are killing people when they are in the act of committing sins. The film benefits from established actors like Ned Beatty and Hal Holbrook, but it is the unknown William Russ that gives the stunning performance in the film. But the film goes more for shock value than anything else and a truly interesting idea becomes somewhat trivial with typical cliches that dominated films like this in the 1980s. All in all "The Unholy" is good for a scare, but overall it is a film that misses the mark and could have been so much more. 2 stars out of 5.


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