The First Power (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Thriller  |  6 April 1990 (USA)
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A killer is given the gas chamber after committing several demonic murders. His spirit is released and given power by the Devil. Now the cop that caught him before must find a way to do it ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Logan
Tess Seaton
Patrick Channing
Detective Oliver Franklin (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Sister Marguerite
Commander Perkins
Lieutenant Grimes
Julianna McCarthy ...
Nada Despotovich ...
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David Gale ...


A killer is given the gas chamber after committing several demonic murders. His spirit is released and given power by the Devil. Now the cop that caught him before must find a way to do it again. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Satan has created the perfect killer. One who cannot be stopped. Be warned.


Crime | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pentagram  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$22,424,195 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Was the favorite movie of late rapper Eazy E See more »


Many times throughout the movie, Logan gets his weapon knocked out of reach, but then is then holding it moments later when there was no time to retrieve it. See more »


Tess Seaton: Patrick you can't keep on killing forever!
Patrick Channing: Wanna Bet!
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Referenced in Fallen (1998) See more »


Good Ol' Gal
Words and Music by Laura Perlman (as Laura J. Perlman) and Jeff Levi
Laughing Cloud Music, B.M.I.
Performed by Vince Vallot
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Eerie vibe of early 90's Horror. I dug it.
31 August 2005 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

Regular Horror/Thriller that has some decent scenes for the Horror fans. First, it deals with the devil and possession after death. Lou Diamond Phillips is a man tormented by his past and his belief in God is in predicament. He thinks his father didn't deserve to die. In fact, that event causes a series of situations like his mother turning crazy. Could he find the serial killer he is after to? Could he solve the mystery of the First Power?

Watch it and find it. Not a good Horror flick but sure it's entertaining. My only beef is that it doesn't have a creepy atmosphere or a dark setting; the plot asks for it! Also, there's a point where it's necessary to have some Horror related scenes but the movie focuses more on drama and thriller.

Lou Diamond Philips' performance is the best thing about the movie. Mrs. Griffith also delivers a nice performance and helps a lot that she's very beautiful and charming.

Delivers some chilling scenes but relies on the dramatic side more. Be warned you could be bored if you are looking for a straight Horror movie. Still it has a creepy vibe and very well done plot.

Give it a chance.

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