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The Unnamable (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  June 1988 (USA)
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Back in the 1800's a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable". The creature brutally slaughters his ... See full summary »

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Howard Damon (as Charles King)
Mark Kinsey Stephenson ...
Alexandra Durrell ...
Tanya Heller
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Wendy Barnes
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Bruce Weeks
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John Babcock
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Joel Manton
Delbert Spain ...
Joshua Winthrop
Colin Cox ...
Mr. Craft
Paul Farmer ...
Mortician
Paul Pajor ...
Gravedigger 1
Marcel Lussier ...
Gravedigger 2
Lisa Wilson ...
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Nancy Kreisel ...
Student 2
Katrin Alexandre ...
Alyda (the Creature) Winthrop
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Back in the 1800's a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable". The creature brutally slaughters his family, and gets trapped in a vault. Go ahead to 1998, and some college students have heard the story about the unnamable and want to check out the vault... Written by <chopp@gte.net>

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There are things on God's Earth that we can't explain and we can't describe. From the depths of Hell comes... [The Unnamable]

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June 1988 (USA)  »

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H.P. Lovecraft's The Unnamable  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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The script was written in seven days. See more »

Quotes

Howard: Randolph! They're all dead!
Randolph: [closing the Necronomicon] That's to be expected.
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Written and Performed by Mark Ryder and Phil Davies
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Better If You Enjoy Lovecraft Stories
14 May 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

Howard Philipps Lovecraft was a remarkable author, and it's often an acquired taste to enjoy many of his stories. It's my opinion that the duller the original Lovecraft story, the more entertaining the film, and vice versa.

This story is middle-of-the-road, and so is the film. It bears all the hallmarks of a standard 1980s horror film, but it has little allusions and touches that those who read Lovecraft would be familiar with would be entertained by. In-jokes, if you will.

The original story was relatively short, and expanding it to feature length probably required the mortising in of the standard horror elements found in 1980s type films. There have been some pretty good films that use these elements -- Pumpkinhead springs to mind -- that even if this film uses those elements, that shouldn't detract from the overall story.


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