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The First Power (1990)

 -  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

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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
Julianna McCarthy ...
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Nada Despotovich ...
Bag Lady
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Carmen
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Mazza
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Father Brian
Philip Abbott ...
Cardinal
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Pentagram  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,424,195 (USA)
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Trivia

Brian Libby, portraying the Bum Detective states "Only a psycho *bleep* killer is smart enough to stay out of the rain." The actor himself portrayed a psychotic killer in the 1982 thriller Silent Rage. 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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All Alone Again
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A bit dated now but great stuff!
15 June 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I've got to be honest here: I first saw this movie in my teens and loved it, so I might be a bit biased here, ignoring it's flaws. Just saw it again, over 10 years later, and I gotta say, while it didn't have the 'wow' effect it gave me before, It still holds up as a decent movie. This movie is fast paced and just crammed with awesome ideas that sometimes work, and sometimes could have been used more effectively.

What do we have?

  • An insane serial killer - This guy just oozes evil, amazing bad guy.




  • A very cute psychic - man did I have a crush on her!




  • Plenty of mysterious happenings and scares (though not very scary for


seasoned moviegoers)

  • Cool action sequences. That ceiling fan scene is so awesome.




  • Satanic superpowers. How is that not super cool?




  • The pacing is great, with lots of interesting scenes.




  • Nice touches of humor now and then.




So What could be better?

  • The ending is a bit unsatisfying.




  • Things could be bigger and more epic.




  • While decent, Lou Diamond Philips could be replaced with many other


actors, and there are more charismatic ones out there.

  • Seeing it again, it wasn't that scary, but I remember that it was the


first time. Could be scarier though, I guess.

  • If you analyze things too much, there are lots of small plot holes.




This movie is like an older, more low budget version of 'End of Days' with Arnold Schwarzenegger (which I liked as well). If what I told you sounds interesting, this movie is a great way to spice up a boring Sunday evening!


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