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The First Power (1990)

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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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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Mazza
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Father Brian
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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 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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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Pentagram  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,424,195 (USA)
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Was the favorite movie of late rapper Eazy E See more »

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Logan's shoes as he climbs through the church window. See more »

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Patrick Channing: See you around, buddy-boy.
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Referenced in Fallen (1998) See more »

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La Revolcada
Performed by Mariachi Uclatlan (as Mariachi Uclatlán)
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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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