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The First Power (1990)

Dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic are trying to stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

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Russell Logan
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Tess Seaton
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Patrick Channing
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Detective Oliver Franklin (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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Sister Marguerite
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Commander Perkins
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Lieutenant Grimes
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Nada Despotovich ...
Bag Lady
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Carmen
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Mazza
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Father Brian
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Cardinal
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Monsignor
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Priest
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Storyline

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 <glenn@g-world.com>

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

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pentagram  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,424,195 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Set in Los Angeles, yet Chicago's Sears Tower is visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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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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Uneven thriller; great villain
9 July 2000 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm going to agree with Ava de Lara (no relation): Jeff Kober as the serial killer Patrick Channing is the best thing about this movie. He completely understands how this material is to be played (tongue in bloody cheek), and he has great energy. The movie is just not as good when he's not onscreen. (My favorite scene is the one in the confessional.) Overall, the movie's "rules" for the killer are not well established. I never completely believe Lou Diamond Phillips as a cop. He does crack a few good lines though. Tracy Griffith is OK, but she gets increasingly shrill as the movie goes on. It shows up on TBS a lot, and I recommend you watch it for Jeff Kober's performance. This is the first of his "serial killer returning from the grave to exact demonic revenge" characters, which he's also done as a guest shot on POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY and CHARMED.


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