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The Unnamable (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  September 1988 (Italy)
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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)
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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
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Paul Farmer ...
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Paul Pajor ...
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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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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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Written and Performed by Mark Ryder and Phil Davies
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Not Unwatchable, My Friends....
20 May 2004 | by (Yuggoth) – See all my reviews

I'm not particularly fond of these adaptations to the screen, because Lovecraft cannot easily be transfered from the written page onto the silver screen. The imagery that Lovecraft evokes cannot be extracted and conveyed by people who have, but a tenuous understanding of his mythology. And this is why most of these flicks have failed woefully with audiences, and have only attained cult status.

I admit to enjoying this obscure, insignificant flick because it involves a favorite character of mine -- Randolph Carter. And to make the viewing experience even far more enjoyable, Mark Kinsey Stephenson transcends all expectations in this film's pivotal role. I am unaware of Stephenson's current standing in the bizarre little world that is Hollywood, or life, but I would like to see Stephenson reprise the role of Carter in some future project because I was enthralled by his performance.

The rest of the film is sadly forgettable, save Charles King's hilarious performance as Randolph's hilarious, yet pragmatic friend, Howard Damon. Stephenson and King played off each other well, and made it worth watching.


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