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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 overview, first billed only:
Father Dennis
Nicole Fortier ...
Phil Becker ...
Lt. Stern
Susan Bearden ...
Hotel manager
Xavier Barquet ...
Bell Boy
Jeff D'Onofrio ...
Father Michael
Archbishop Mosely
Father Silva
Martha Hester ...
Young nun
John Boyland ...
Dr. Valerio
Claudia Robinson ...


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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22 April 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,337,299 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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Special Effects man Bob Keen had to go back and shoot more scenes after initial test screenings of the film found it too light. See more »


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Music by Roger Bellon
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Perhaps the only movie featuring a live phone call from Hell.
15 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

"The Unholy" is a typical two-star horror effort: serious-minded and with many positive points, but still somewhat disappointing. It has a good basic concept, good (if rather sparse) special effects and a surprisingly distinguished cast (even Trevor Howard, who died the same year, has a small but pretty important role). BUT... it moves kind of slowly, the direction is too often choppy in the wrong places, and when the demon appears at the end, he (or "it") seems childishly conceived (although it's technically well-executed) and doesn't fit in an otherwise very serious movie. Anyway, most horror fans WILL probably find this worth a (single) viewing.

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