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?


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 »


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


Tess Seaton: Patrick you can't keep on killing forever!
Patrick Channing: Wanna Bet!
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Referenced in Fallen (1998) See more »


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Performed by Mariachi Uclatlan (as Mariachi Uclatlán)
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Great horror / action from 1990
6 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The First Power is a solid and suspenseful mix of horror and action starring Lou Diamond Phillips. LDP plays Russell Logan, a tough LA detective on the trail of a serial killer that carves pentagrams in the chests of his victims.Logan gets his man with the aid of a smoking hot redhead named Tess played by Tracy Griffith. Tess warns Logan not to pursue the death penalty on Channing. The Pentagram Killer, played excellently by Jeff Kober gets marched to the gas chamber anyways.What Logan did not know is Satan's most favored serial killer has been granted supernatural powers of resurrection and possession. Channing then goes on a killing spree throughout LA while taunting Logan in the process. Totally evil and virtually unstoppable. Channing , Satan's helper is an awesome villain who seems to take great pleasure in his work. Great dark and ominous score as well as suspense and action . I remember really digging The First Power upon its release and it still holds up . Great supernatural thriller.

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