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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 ...
Bag Lady
Father Brian
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


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pentagram  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$22,424,195 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming, numerous press materials listed the title as "Transit" - because of the killer's ability to jump between bodies as a way of moving around the city. Orion, the film's US distributor, decided in post-production to re-title the film "The First Power" so potential audience members would be more aware of its supernatural/horror elements. 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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References The Flying Nun (1967) 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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fast paced supernatural thriller
11 June 2006 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

You can only see a movie for the first time once and so I have to admit that THE FIRST POWER worked on me the first time I saw it in theaters. It moved with such lightning speed that I didn't have time to ponder its snowballing silliness. The director, Robert Resnikoff, knows how to construct an action film--the cinematography is first rate and the editing superb-- he just doesn't know when to stop. There are car chases, horse and buggy chases, foot chases and innumerable shoot-outs, and at one point the killer even brandishes a ceiling fan as a rather laughable weapon and all the action movie huggery-muggery sits rather uneasily on top of the supernatural elements.Lou Diamond Philips, though a tad young-looking to be such a seasoned detective, gives a competent performance. Jeff Kober is obviously having fun playing the killer and it shows; he has a toothy menace that's suitably creepy. Probably the best thing going for THE FIRST POWER is a truly unnerving and effective soundtrack from Stewart Copeland. The director pulls off some nasty mind-trips on the character played by Philips, one where he wakes to find his apartment seemingly covered in blood and another in a confessional booth when he goes to get some answers from a local priest.

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