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


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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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Did You Know?


Fangoria Magazine ran a large story on the film when it was to be called "Transit". See more »


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


[last lines]
Patrick Channing: See you around, buddy-boy.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »


La Revolcada
Performed by Mariachi Uclatlan (as Mariachi Uclatlán)
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supernatural serial killer leftovers
17 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Sister Marguerite is convinced that the events of the Revelation is occurring but her superiors would rather ignore it. An anonymous woman calls LA police detective Russell Logan (Lou Diamond Phillips) with a tip on a serial killer. His team catches serial killer Patrick Channing (Jeff Kober) who is eventually put to death. The mysterious woman had warned against the death penalty. Channing's spirit lives on and is killing Logan's team one at a time. Tess Seaton (Tracy Griffith) reveals herself to be the psychic who called him with the tips.

This is filled with the leftovers of a supernatural serial killer thriller. It doesn't have much in the way of originality or surprises. The style is pretty bland and Lou Diamond Phillips is second rate as the action lead. Tracy Griffith is a pretty woman but not a great actress. The beginning is tied up with an uninvolving serial killer case. It would probably be better to leave most of it as flashbacks. It needs to get the movie to the cop and the psychic much faster. It does have some fun with a supernatural killer and the movie keeps me somewhat interested. If it commits more fully with the Jason-like killer, this could be a better horror and a more exciting thriller. The horror effects are more cheesy than scary. It does have one good sequence in the middle.

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